Assessment Methods for Student Affairs
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Editor John Schuh and his fellow contributors, all experts in the field, detail the methodological aspects of conducting assessment projects specifically for the student affairs practitioner who is ready to conduct assessment projects, but is not quite sure how to manage their technical aspects. Using a variety of case studies and concrete examples to illustrate various assessment approaches, the authors lead the reader step-by-step through each phase of the assessment process with jargon-free, hands-on guidance.


John H. Schuh is Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University, specializing in higher education and student affairs. He is the general editor of New Directions for Student Services and the author of two best-selling books on assessment in student affairs, and he?has conducted numerous workshops on assessment topics.


Tables, Figures, and Exhibits.



About the Author.

About the Contributors.

1. Assessment as an Essential Dimension of Contemporary Student Affairs Practice.

2. Using Existing Databases.

Kevin Saunders and Darin R. Wohlgemuth.

3. Planning for and Implementing Data Collection.

R. M. Cooper.

4. Selecting, Sampling, and Soliciting Subjects.

Ann M. Gansemer-Topf and Darin R. Wohlgemuth.

5. Instrumentation.

Kevin Saunders and R. M. Cooper.

6. Data Analysis.

R. M. Cooper and Mack C. Shelley, II.

7. Writing Reports and Conducting Briefings.

8. Ethics.

9. Using a Mixed Methodological Approach to Assessment: A Case Study.

10. Looking to the Future of Assessment: Some Ideas and Musings.


1. Example of a Focus Group Protocol.

2. Using Microsoft Excel to Develop a Random Sample and a Stratified Random Sample.

3. Listing of Commonly Used Instruments, Purpose, and Information Collected.

4. Computer Syntax Code for Table 6.1.

5. Further Explanation of Table 6.2.

6. Sample Methods Paragraph.

7. Informed Consent Checklist-Basic and Additional Elements.

8. Codes of Ethics of Relevant Professional Organizations to Conducting Assessment Studies in Student Affairs.