While the certificate may prepare you to work in specialized positions within the field, it will also prepare you to work in every area of the feild. Below are testimonials from professionals working with assessment on a daily basis.
"Assessment has become a critical skill set for leadership in higher education at every level. A strong assessment background is important to make strategic decisions for supporting student success and learning as well as effectively managing fiscal and human resources and strategic resource use in higher education." Timothy W. Gordon, PhD, Vice President of Student Affairs, Buffalo State College
As a Peer Reviewer with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, I have learned that assessment gives our work (both inside and outside of the classroom) validity, value, and voice. It is essential for our practice to evolve with the ever-changing needs of our students, and paying attention to what assessment data tells us allows for informed and impactful decision-making. A campus-wide culture of continuous improvement truly enriches the student experience... therefore enhancing persistence, retention, and ultimate student success. - Dr. Thomas C. Priester, Associate V.P. for Student Success/Director of EOP, Genesee Community College
In my experience, having a solid knowledge of assessment best practices and purpose is essential to executing a successful program or departmental initiative. Not only does it help to make better decisions in programming for students, but it also improves the critical thinking of the Student Affairs Practitioner when evaluating the strategic direction of the department and ultimately the division. Proficiency in assessment has made me highly marketable, a better leader, and a more thoughtful consumer of information. - Mary J. Odden, M.S., Campus Onboarding Consultant, Campus Labs
Working in Student Life, assessment is used very frequently to ensure student success. I use the knowledge of multiple assessment methods to guide our programming and resource allocation, validate our services and engagement, and garner student learning outcome data. Assessment is a foundation of our practice to not only guarantee informed decisions are made but it allows us to have the data to ask, and receive, for more resources. We are currently going through the Middle States process and while other departments have needed to gather data, I had the benefit of being able to hand over all of the data we’ve already collected and assessed. - Thomas Vane, Director of Student Engagement, Trocaire College
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