Greetings from your new Co-Chair

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Greetings from your new Co-Chair

Posted by Giancarlo Brugnolo on Jun 3, 2019 2:09 pm

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself as one of your new Co-Chairs. I look forward to working with Katie Wilson to lead our Community of Research and Assessment!

A little information about myself: I am the Associate Director of Student Engagement at Jefferson University, which is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a small institution, I am responsible for several different areas including: day to day operations of our campus center, student staffing, commuter life and off-campus housing, departmental assessment, and veterans initiatives. I previously worked at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. I started out in this field as a student director (aka building manager) at West Chester, and rose through the ranks. I did a brief  3 year stint at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) before realizing my calling. was in student affairs, and specifically in the college union. I, my wife, and almost 2 year old daughter live in Cherry Hill, NJ. Fun Fact: I grew up in the city and as a result, didn't really live in a house until my wife and bought our home in 2014!

So, why did I decide to go out to Co-Chair this specific CoP? Honestly, it is because I have struggled in this area, more specifically in assessment. It was an area that I struggled with. But as I started to do more and more with assessment, I have become more comfortable with it. I decided to Co-Chair this community because I wanted our members, both within this CoP and our general ACUI family, to recognize that assessment can be challenging for others. I want to make sure people see this CoP as a resource, especially if they are struggling with assessment in general, or specific components. With that being said, here's a question for our members: do you struggle with assessment, and if so, what are you specifically struggling with? If you are confident about assessment, is there a component of assessment that you find you are particularly good at (i.e. creating goals and objectives, instruments, interpreting data, etc.)?

Again, I look forward to working with all of you!

Kindest regards,

GC
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Re: Greetings from your new Co-Chair

Posted by Laurie Woodward on Jun 24, 2019 12:32 pm

Hi Giancario and Kate,
Greetings from the Erb Memorial Union at UO!  We've developed one tool to build a culture of assessment in our Student Union, and it's called CAKE!  Community Assessment Knowledge Experts (CAKE) has been active in the EMU for the past 5 years and it is slowly impacting a culture shift.  There is a rotating group of 5-6 of us who get together to work on assessment every couple of weeks.  We develop an annual assessment plan, and see that it's implemented.  We work with programs all over the EMU to help implement assessment ideas and we publish information about successful studies and how we use them.  (and we even eat cake once in a while).  Just one piece of the assessment puzzle, but we've found that continuous attention to the subject as well as making it a little bit fun go a long way.
Sincerely,
Laurie