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Our mission is to facilitate a culture of continuous improvement in the Division of Student Affairs. We support Division staff in collecting, analyzing, reporting, and sharing meaningful data that inform and enhance their programs, services, and physical spaces. We lead Division-level strategic planning to prioritize and align the work of our diverse units with campus-level priorities.

The Office of Assessment and Planning supports Student Affairs units in gathering and analyzing data to inform meaningful changes to their activities, services, and facilities. We provide the following services to the Division of Student Affairs:

  • Consultation with Student Affairs units to develop and implement unit-level assessment plans
  • Providing expertise to units on outcomes, methods, instrument development, analysis, reporting and use of results to drive improvement
  • Leading the Division’s Strategic Plan development, implementation and reporting processes
  • Disseminating relevant data and reports to Division, campus and other stakeholders
  • Coordinating requests for institutional data
  • Representing the Division on committees related to assessment, planning, institutional data, campus surveys, and accreditation

The Division of Student Affairs is excited to share the work individual units are doing to impact student success through the use of data to drive continuous improvement in their programs, services, and facilities at CU Boulder. The 2017-2018 assessment highlights capture some of the outstanding work units have completed in the past year to shape tomorrow’s leaders, be the top university for innovation, and positively impact humanity.


The Office of Assessment and Planning works closely with staff in the Division of Student Affairs to support assessment planning and practice. Assessment consultations can be team-based work on specific initiatives within or across units, as well as individual staff members working on behalf of their units.

Your consultant will seek a comprehensive understanding of your assessment needs, asking questions such as:

  • What are the key questions you want to answer?
  • How would you be able to act upon what you learn from this assessment project?
  • What data, if any, do you already have available about this program or service?
  • How does this project align with your unit’s mission, goals, and outcomes?

Consultants then provide recommendations, offer technical and content expertise, assist with data collection and analysis, and offer additional services to support the specific project and unit. 

The Office of Assessment and Planning has set the following calendar for 2017-2018 deadlines.   

OAP conducts a number of trainings during the year. We highly recommend that Division staff who are interested in learning more about assessment begin by attending Assessment 101. In this foundational training, participants will learn the cornerstones of assessment at CU Boulder.

Specifically, participants will learn the assessment language used in the Division, understand the expectations of assessment for the Division, and begin the conversation for their unit’s assessment plan.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Assessment 101 

This training is an introduction to the assessment framework used in the Division of Student Affairs. Specifically, the training will cover assessment terminology, methods that are appropriate for student affairs, and the reporting framework that is used in the division.

Friday, Jan. 25 | 9–11 a.m.

Student Development Theory and Outcomes 

We will translate student development theory into learning outcomes. A variety of examples will be provided, but individuals who plan to attend should prepare by bringing a student development theory they use in their daily work.

Friday, Feb. 8 | 9–10:30 a.m.

Qualitative Assessment Methods 

Join us as we discuss qualitative assessment methods in Student Affairs. Participants can expect to be able to differentiate between paradigms, identify types of inquiry well-suited to a qualitative approach, and understand the type and purpose of qualitative methods.

Friday, Feb. 15 | 9–11 a.m. 

Survey Design and Administration​ 

Join us as we identify inquires that are appropriate for surveys, describe the key steps in the survey development process, and articulate important considerations for survey administration. We will also discuss use administration types and suggestions to increase response rates, etc.

Monday, Feb. 25 | 9–11 a.m.

Strategies for Convenience Surveying​ 

In this training, we will discuss various strategies for conducting convenience surveys in the division.

Friday, March 1 | 9–10:30 a.m.

Introduction to Focus Groups​ 

In this training, we will discuss the structure of conducting focus groups, best practices, and ways to analyze data collected during focus groups.

Friday, March 8 | 9–11 a.m.

Foundational Principles of Data Interpretation​ 

Data interpretation is critical to the work we do in Student Affairs. Come to this session and learn about the pillars of data interpretation in Student Affairs. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of assessment terms, limitations of assessment in SA, and how to verify the validity of findings in Student Affairs.

Monday, March 11 | 9:30–10:30 a.m. 

Qualitative Coding Workshop​ 

The qualitative coding training will provide a foundation for participants to analyze qualitative data. This will include working from a data sample that will be sent prior to the training. It is an expectation that participants will have read through the data set prior to coming to the workshop. **(Participants must have completed the Qualitative Assessment Methods training)**TBD for October | NSSE Expand: Quality of Interactions

Friday, March 15 | 9–11 a.m. 

Effective Reporting 

Join us as we consider effective reporting strategies in Student Affairs. This training will provide participants with examples and strategies they can use in their assessment work.

Monday, April 8 | 9–10:30 a.m. 

Data Visualization Workshop 

This session will provide a brief overview of data visualization, and practice data visualization strategies that help tell the story using data. Additionally, participants will introduced to Power BI. Participants need to bring a set of data they are interested in working with to this session.

Friday, April 19 | 9–11 a.m. 

Data Crossroad Discussions: Hypothesis and Solution Development 

The Office of Assessment and Planning will be hosting monthly conversations about data collected across the university and in the division. These conversations will feature data sets that bring to the forefront interesting combinations that inspire discovery and meaning making. We will rely on participants to bring their perspectives and engage in these conversations. The general topic has been selected for each discussion, but is subject to change. Participants will be notified of changes.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 | 9–10:30 a.m. | Isolation

Tuesday, March 19 | 9–10:30 a.m. | Mattering

Tuesday, April 16 | 9–10:30 a.m. | Peer Education

Tuesday, May 21 | 9–10:30 a.m. | Inclusion Practices 

Journal Discussions 

The Office of Assessment and Planning will be hosting monthly conversations in which professionals will discuss relevant journal articles. Through these discussions, we will discuss the findings, the assessment method, and the applicability of the findings to CU Boulder. These informal discussions will improve our assessment practices, and will help professionals state abreast of changes in the field. The journal article will be sent to you at least two weeks prior to the discussion.

Thursday, Feb. 21 | 3–4:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 21 | 3–4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 18 | 3–4:30 p.m. 

Thursday, May 16 | 3–4:30 p.m. 


  • OAP serves as the Division of Student Affairs liaison to the Office of Data Analytics and Institutional Research. We coordinate Division data requests out of the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Please review the data request policy and contact us to discuss your needs and timeline.
  • The Office of Assessment and Planning serves as the advisory and consulting unit for Division staff as they plan and administer large-scale campus surveys. Please review the campus survey administration policy and contact us to discuss your needs and timeline.

The 2017-2020 Division of Student Affairs Strategic Plan is available here. Our plan aligns closely with the Chancellor’s Strategic Imperatives and will serve as the Division’s guiding framework to accomplish the Imperatives and contribute to other high-level university initiatives, such as Inclusive Excellence.

During the summer of 2017, all units within the Division are engaged in action planning to articulate how they will contribute to the Division priorities. The Office of Assessment and Planning will ask all units to provide updates for the actions they submitted. Review the calendar for specific deadlines regarding the strategic plan.


  • General: Qualtrics is licensed to the University of Colorado Boulder to support staff and students. The Office of Information Technology provides several resources, including an FAQ and guide to activating a Qualtrics account.
  • Webinars: There are a number of webinars available for all users, such as “Advanced Survey Building,” “Reporting Your Insights Using Qualtrics,” and “Quick Start with Qualtrics.” 
  • Qualtrics Support: Do you have a question about Qualtrics that you have not been able to answer? Contact OAP staff or the Qualtrics support team.

External Assessment Organizations & Resources


Kimberly Kruchen, Manager of Assessment and Planning

Crystal Cyr, Assessment Specialist