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Why Assess?

Accountability and Professionalism

Student Affairs practitioners, just like all administrators and faculty members in Higher Education, are being asked to demonstrate how what they do affects student learning and development. Accrediting officials, policy makers, board members, presidents and members of their oversight boards, parents, and even students are showing an increased interest in the learning outcomes of the programs and services offered on college campuses. 

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Program Assessment Tools

Assessment Model

JMU Center for Assessment & Research Studies (CARS)


Current Projects & Programs

Civic Learning Programs Assessment

Substance Education Programs Assessment

Restorative Practices and Decision Making Assessment

Values in Action Workshop Assessment



Assessment Presentations & Posters

Conference Presentations

Mentoring As A Judicial Sanction:
     Assessing Sense of Belonging (2007)
         Presented by:  Wendy Lushbaugh & Sara Finney, Ph.D.

Judicially Sanctioned Mentoring and Service Learning Experiences (2010)
         Presented by:  Wendy Lushbaugh, Tammy Knott, Greg Meyer & Dana Broadnax 

Civic Learning Program Development Over Time: 
     A Look at a Decade of Development & Change (2010)
         Presented by:  Wendy Lushbaugh & Greg Meyer

Discovering characteristics of Behavioral Students:  
     A Journey to Programmatic change
(2011)
         Presented by:  Wendy Lushbaugh & Chris Orem

Assessment- A Process from Start to Finish
          Presented by RJ Ohgren, Office of Judicial Affairs, and Mandalyn Swanson, M.S., Center for Assessment and Research Studies (2013)


Conference Posters

Impacting Students One at a Time (2008)
     By: Wendy Lushbaugh, Jilliam Joe

Engaging in Rigorous Instrument Development to Increase Validity of Assessment Results (2008)
     By: Jilliam N. Joe, Wendy M. Lushbaugh & Mary M. Johnston



Assessment Awards

NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

ACPA (American College Personnel Association) – Commission for Assessment & Evaluation

ACPA CAE Emerging Best Practice in Student Affairs Assessment Award - This award was developed in 2006 to recognize innovative and high quality student affairs evaluation and assessment plans being implemented by ACPA members.



Questions? Contact Associate Director, Wendy Lushbaugh.

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