Innovators Wanted

We offer a long list of live webinars throughout each semester including product tutorials to best practices as well as many that are marked with equivalencies for professional development. Our webinars require internet and phone access and group participation is welcomed.

Recordings of these live webinars will also be made available to Member Campuses. There are also recordings available from our Innovation Webinar Series.

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Upcoming Webinars in alphabetical order.
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Skill Level: Advanced

Dan Norton

The co-curricular data collected by CollegiateLink can be accessed and presented through a series of reports, which can be used to inform student success decisions and goals. During this session one of our consultants will review cross-reporting data mining tricks in Excel to help campuses answer questions about co-curricular involvement on campus.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Kate Griffin

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) is the pre-eminent force for promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs. The CAS Standards and accompanying Self-Assessment Guides assist student affairs in describing the extent to which their programs and services meet their espoused goals. During this webinar, we will review the seven basic steps to using the CAS self-assessment guides for program evaluation. These steps include establishing and preparing your team, beginning the self-study, summarizing evaluations, identifying discrepancies, determining appropriate corrective action, recommending steps for program enhancement and last but not least, preparing action plans.  Additionally, Western Michigan University will join us to share their experience of planning and executing their CAS infused program evaluation

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Dr. Marybeth Drechsler Sharp is Executive Director at the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). She completed her doctorate in College Student Personnel at the University of Maryland (UMD), where she has served as an adjunct instructor. Prior to her arrival at CAS, Drechsler Sharp worked with student leadership development and service-learning initiatives for the College Park Scholars living-learning program at UMD. She also previously worked in residence life at the University of Missouri and the University of Central Missouri. She has researched and presented on topics of learning outcomes, leadership self-efficacy, dimensions of identity development, student engagement in living-learning environments, and the motives and experiences of faculty members involved with living-learning programs

Anne Lundquist is a PhD candidate in the Educational Leadership program at Western Michigan University with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. She has over twenty years of experience in higher education, having served as dean of students at four private liberal arts colleges. Anne has received national recognition for her expertise in several student affairs areas, in particular risk management planning, co-curricular assessment, and the development and implementation of integrated community standards/restorative justice judicial models. Anne leads the WMU division of student affairs assessment and planning efforts and has worked with residence life staff to develop the curriculum and assessment measures for the RA Intercultural Competence Curriculum. Her PhD coursework includes courses on Diversity and Equity as well as Assessment.

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Skill Level: Advanced

Melissa Wright

The assessment of student learning allows us to gather, analyze and interpret data to determine how well our students are achieving the outcomes we established for them. During this session, we will break down the concept of assessing student learning. Additionally, we will specifically discuss the idea of using rubrics as a methodology for assessing your student learning outcomes.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Emily Rose Barry

During this session we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the tools and functions available in the Baseline site to review your data. Even if you haven’t collected data yet, it is helpful to know how you will use the data when you are still in the assessment planning stages. Participants will learn how to create and customize graphs; apply filters to view subsets of data; create saved views of data; export data; and set up comparison reports of data across time, between groups or programs, or before and after an intervention.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Katie Felton

With information collected from service-hour tracking, experience reporting, curriculum involvement, and organizational memberships, Binghamton has used data from CollegiateLink to inform their assessment of student engagement.  During this presentation, Binghamton will offer examples for administrative users and other student affairs professionals of ways to capture and understand student engagement using CollegiateLink. Guest Presenter: To Be Announced 

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Katie Felton

Are you thinking about creating a campus-wide co-curricular track?  Join us for a webinar with Brock University to hear about their process from conception to launch as well as their plans for the future.  Our guests will share their methods, advice, and lessons learned from developing this program.

Guest presenters:

Amber Scholtens is the Student Leadership and Engagement Coordinator at Brock University

Brad Clarke is the Director of Student Life and Community Experience at Brock University.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Jess Kitt

During this session the University of New Hampshire will discuss strategies for setting up an event registration for their campus organizations and ways to incorporate campus partners in their process.  This webinar is geared towards CollegiateLink administrative users and other campus personnel who facilitate events and the event planning process.     Guest presenters:
MaryAnne Lustgraaf is the Director, Memorial Union and Student Activities at the University of New Hampshire. She has BS from the University of Northern Colorado, a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from Montana State University and a M.A. in Geography from the University of North Dakota. MaryAnne’s expertise is in many areas of student engagement and the assessment of co-curricular, student employment, and other high impact out of classroom experiences. She is also actively involved in university efforts to improve the campus climate and engagement of multicultural, international and other underrepresented student populations.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Melissa Wright

While there is clearly great value in annual assessment planning processes, focusing too closely on our program outcomes year after year can also divert our attention from other problems and questions across an institution. In this webinar, we will discuss the concept of problem-based assessment and how it can be leveraged to engage faculty and staff in the assessment process both in and outside the standard annual assessment cycle.

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Linda Pursley, Ph.D., is the Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she also serves as a faculty member to doctoral students. In her role as Director, she works with colleagues to design and conduct research to inform strategic planning and evaluation efforts, including self-studies and program reviews; coordinates the development and implementation of short and long term plans for assessment and evaluation across the University; and supports faculty and staff in their assessment and evaluation efforts, among other duties. Prior to joining Lesley in June, 2005, Linda served as the Special Assistant to the President and Director of Research for Planning and Evaluation at Cambridge College. She holds a PhD in Program Evaluation and Planning from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Family Relations and Human Development from The Ohio State University, and a Graduate Certificate Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the American University. In addition to her experience in assessment, planning, and research in higher education, she has also worked abroad as a Curriculum Specialist in Awassa, Ethiopia and a Technical Adviser in Maseru, Lesotho. Linda has also published and presented on topics in assessment and evaluation and participatory approaches to research and evaluation.  

Sharron L. Ronco, Ph.D., is Marquette University’s Assessment Director, assisting academic departments and co-curricular units in the assessment of student learning outcomes for program improvement.  Before joining Marquette in August, 2011, Dr. Ronco was Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis at Florida Atlantic University, overseeing the university’s data collection and reporting, surveys and analysis, accreditation, and assessment for institutional effectiveness.  She also spent twenty years working in higher education in Texas; first as a Branch Chief in the Dallas regional office of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, and later as Director of Institutional Studies at the University of Texas El Paso. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Statistics from the University of North Texas.  A native of Milwaukee, Dr. Ronco’s bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee prepared her for an earlier career in secondary school teaching and bilingual education. She is active as a presenter and program committee member in state, regional and national institutional research associations, and has publications addressing the use of statistical techniques for understanding student enrollment behaviors, and in assessment.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Jon Hulbert

Learn from Northern Arizona University’s journey to increase student retention by 10% using a data-driven outreach model. In this multi-phased process, NAU incorporated data from campus information systems, non-cognitive assessments, early academic performance, and ongoing student surveys to paint a full picture of the student experience. Hear how they successfully shared this information with an on-campus student success network in order to proactively contact new students before it was too late.

Guest presenters:

Erin Grisham serves as the Executive Director for Educational Support Services at Northern Arizona University. As Executive Director she is part of the senior leadership in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and provides leadership for the division’s retention services and programs. These include the LEADS Center (Leadership, Engagement, Achievement, Diversity and Service) home to the University’s Inclusion and Multicultural Services, Student Support Services, First Generation Student Initiatives, and Native American Student Services. She also provides leadership for the Student Learning Centers and Mentoring Programs on campus, home to a variety of academic support initiatives and mentoring programs for students. She also oversees several college access programs including 5 TRIO programs and the Northern Arizona College Resource Center. Other initiatives under her direction include an early intervention project for first year students based on collaboration with the Student Strengths Inventory (SSI) that identifies at-risk students and places them into needed support services, and a cadre of initiatives designed to support the unique needs of first generation college students. She is past co-chair the First Year Coordinating Council and currently coordinates the Retention Services and Review Team in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and leads collaborative retention efforts across the division and campus.

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Skill Level: Beginner

Dan Kaczmarek

This is the perfect webinar for new Baseline users! This introductory webinar will cover and help you understand how to: • Develop and conduct an assessment project • Engage in professional development information and opportunities • Locate community resources and national benchmarking studies • Collect data online and with mobile devices • Locate your assessment results • Create key performance indicators • Use the consultation available to you

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Skill Level: Beginner

Jon Hulbert

This session will provide a broad overview of the features in CollegiateLink and how they are beneficial to student engagement and office efficiency. The concepts and user interface of the system will be discussed. Additionally, attendees will be introduced to the look, feel, and basic functions of the CollegiateLink platform.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Kate Griffin

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identified ten skills as the most desirable by employers in new college graduates. During this webinar we will share data gathered from Project CEO, a national benchmarking study that was developed as a collaboration between Stephen F. Austin State University and Campus Labs. This project is focused on ways students are developing these skills outside of the classroom, and offers opportunities to apply direct measures of student learning to specific areas.

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Dr. Adam Peck serves as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University. He has presented at numerous national conferences, provided keynotes for a wide variety of groups and conducted more than 30 national webinars. Peck has presented pre-conference sessions for a variety of conferences including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Texas A&M Assessment conference. Peck earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Lewis University, a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin

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