OSLA Operational Plan

The Office of Student Life Assessment Learning Goals

We help the Division of Student Life accomplish its goals by:

  1. Providing leadership in each aspect of the division’s three-fold approach to assessment: Student Life Assessment Committee (SLAC), departmental reviews (CAS), and Judicious Stewardship/Institutional Effectiveness reports (JSIE).
  2. Educating and developing division employees to understand and use assessment to improve their programs and departments.
  3. Encouraging a culture of evidence within the Division of Student Life.
  4. Analyzing data concerning students struggling at Baylor. Providing assistance to struggling students.

The Office of Student Life Assessment Programs, Functional Areas, and Events   

Student Life Assessment Committee (SLAC)

Description:  SLAC members represent 14 Student Life departments with area deans serving as ex-officio members. The committee serves as the primary education and communication vehicle for divisional assessment. Through SLAC, each department is responsible for an annual operational plan. Those not involved in a departmental review conduct a departmental assessment project and prepare an assessment report. OSLA facilitates monthly SLAC meetings and works with departments and departmental representatives in the effective completion of SLAC responsibilities.

Operational Outcome:  OSLA will facilitate SLAC meetings.

Operational Outcome: At least four of the nine SLAC meetings within an academic year will include professional development on assessment topics.

Operational Outcome: OSLA will offer assistance to all SLAC members in the accomplishment of their divisional assessment responsibilities.

Operational Outcome: OSLA will facilitate at least two SLAC members’ attendance at conferences when sessions are designed to increase participants’ assessment knowledge.

Learning Outcome: From the beginning to the end of the academic year, 80% of SLAC members will report an overall increase in their department’s rating according to the Culture of Evidence rubric in the assessment documents.


Departmental Reviews, Typically Using CAS Self-Assessment Guides

Description: Departmental reviews are to occur every five years. This in-house review is typically a three-fold process using CAS self-assessment guides to complete a self-study, an Internal Review Team (IRT) review, and an External Review Team (ERT) review. Though primarily a departmental responsibility, OSLA facilitates the process by scheduling, encouraging, providing training, and holding departments responsible for closing the assessment loop.

Operational Outcome: OSLA will facilitate the divisional departmental review process.

Operational Outcome: OSLA will offer training related to a departmental review to all departments beginning a review process.

Learning Outcome: At least one person per department undergoing a departmental review process will be able to explain the advantages of conducting a departmental review.

Learning Outcome: At the completion of a departmental review, the department director will be able to discuss three improvements that will be instituted because of review findings.


Area Judicial Stewardship/Institutional Effectiveness (JSIE) Reports for Accreditation

Description: Each year, area reports highlighting the assessment efforts of at least one department are submitted to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, reports that are used for accreditation purposes. As the accreditation team is interested in how student life departments use insights from assessments to drive improvements, OSLA assists area deans in writing the reports and ensuring that reports meet university expectations.

Operational Outcome: OSLA will guide the process of providing JSIE reports to Baylor’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness.


Divisional Assessment and Planning

Description: Besides working with the three aspects of divisional assessment previously mentioned, OSLA is charged with maintaining an office that provides assistance to area Deans in completing their assessment and planning responsibilities and focuses on developing assessment and planning knowledge and use for all Student Life employees.

Operational Outcome: OSLA will provide updated divisional assessment documents to Student Life departments as the documents are revised.

Operational Outcome: The Assistant Director for Student Life Assessment and Planning will attend conferences as convenient where sessions are designed to increase her assessment knowledge and/or interact with other higher education assessment professionals.

Operational Outcome: The Assistant Director for Student Life Assessment and Planning will engage in lifelong learning and increase her job effectiveness by reading two books per academic year on the topics of assessment, planning, or learning in student life.

Operational Outcome: OSLA will host and facilitate a Lunch & Learn assessment workshop once each semester for Student Life departmental office managers and/or administrative assistants.

Operational Outcome: The Assistant Director for Student Life Assessment and Planning will maintain the assessment website, updating divisional assessment documents as necessary.

Operational Outcome: OSLA will sponsor a poster session at least once every academic year where divisional staff will be given the opportunity to highlight departmental assessment efforts.