By John H. Schuh
Author Note: ahead via M. Lee Upcraft
Editor John Schuh and his fellow members, all specialists within the box, aspect the methodological elements of carrying out evaluate tasks in particular for the coed affairs practitioner who's able to behavior evaluate initiatives, yet isn't relatively certain tips to deal with their technical facets. utilizing numerous case stories and urban examples to demonstrate a variety of evaluate ways, the authors lead the reader step by step via each one part of the overview procedure with jargon-free, hands-on advice.
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At this point, we begin to consider various designs that are available to us. If the population is particularly large, we might want to start with a study designed to generate baseline data. This process might be conducted with a database available on campus. Chapter Two describes how existing databases can be used for assessment purposes. Alternatively, we might think about developing a qualitative study that would include conducting focus groups with commuting students to understand how they describe their experiences on campus.
Htm Syracuse University Office of Residence Life, (2005). The orange slice. Syracuse, NY: Author. tex V2 - 08/13/2008 7:17pm 2 USING EXISTING DATABASES Kevin Saunders and Darin R. Wohlgemuth This chapter examines how student affairs practitioners can use existing data sources to provide useful assessment information. At the outset of a new assessment project, a good place to start is to consider what information is already available that fits the purpose of the project. In addition to the variety of existing data sources outside of the institution, many campuses are developing integrated databases or data warehouses that can provide answers to questions through successful data mining efforts.
Typically, organizations participate in strategic planning exercises that include a review of their mission statements and goals, and then adopt action steps that are designed to achieve their goals (Schuh, 2003). The action steps can include such activities as developing upgraded facilities for recreational sports, implementing leadership development programs in student activities, or raising external funds designed to provide scholarships that are more robust for students from modest economic backgrounds in financial aid.