Division of Student Affairs (DSA)

Division of Student Affairs Assessment

The art of Helping students will always serve as the bedrock of our Division. Our on-going commitment to measure our programs and divisional objectives serve to ensure that the services we offer are timely and effective. The 2014-15 academic year will further our commitment to solidify our divisional assessment culture. Collectively, we will further our quest to be an ╩╗ohana whose kuleana is to assess programs and ensure unparalleled service to our students. In doing so, UH Hilo will become a model of excellence in the area of student affairs assessment. We recognize the tremendous amount of work ahead of us and remain dutifully vigilant in our efforts.

WASC Re-accreditation 2014

UH Hilo's current re-accreditation efforts remain at the forefront of our divisional assessment agenda. With our campus visit by the WASC Review Team taking place in Fall, 2014, the following items will address the co-curricular and student services inquiries outlined in the Offsite Review Team's Summary of Lines of Inquiry: Offsite Review (PDF). The following updates are noted below.

Student Affairs Assessment Committee

Each academic year, a Student Affairs Assessment Committee (SAAC) is convened by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Under the leadership of the DSA Assessment Support Coordinator, the committee is charged to provide leadership and resources for assessment and program review. Goals for the 2014-15 academic year will include the following:

  • Provide training and resources to promote fluency in standards-based assessment practice as outlined by the Council for Standards in Higher Education (CAS).
  • Partner with VCSA and the Student Affairs Leadership Council (SALC) in creating a template for program review to be vetted and adopted for division-wide implementation starting academic year 2015-16.

2014-15 Student Affairs Assessment Committee Members:

  • Kurt Dela Cruz , Senior Adviser, Advising and Career Center (Chair)
  • Ed Fisher, Associate Dean and Professor, Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
  • Chris Frueh , Professor, Psychology
  • Sherrie Padilla , Director, Financial Aid Office
  • Comfort Sumida , Senior Adviser, Advising and Career Center
  • Chelsea Kay Wong , Assistant Registrar, Office of the Registrar

Recent Assessment Efforts

Bi-Annual Unit Reports

Unit reports for biennium 2012-14:

Comprehensive Program Review

The program review process will undergo a complete overhaul during the 2014-15 academic year. Under the previous template, the program review process encountered unforeseen challenges that hindered the progress of efforts. Starting in Fall, 2014, the SAAC, in partnership with the VCSA and SALC, will construct and adopt a template for comprehensive program review to begin in AY 2015-16. View a full version of the plan to of program review practice in the division (PDF).

Divisional Resources to Support Assessment

  • DSA Assessment Support Coordinator Kurt Dela Cruz, Senior Advisor, Advising Center. SSB 238. (808) 932-7781. kdela@hawaii.edu
  • First Thursdays: DSA Assessment ╩╗Ohana Training Series
  • Resource Publications: A collection of assessment resources and materials are available for check out via the Assessment Support Coordinator.
  • On-line Student Affairs Assessment Resources

Student Affairs Assessment Calendar 2014-15

  • Summer 2014
    • Campus Center and Student Health and Wellness Services self study
    • Ensure timely and collaborative contributions toward campus re-accreditation efforts.
    • VCSA announces members of 2014-15 SAAC.
    • Assessment and Support Coordinator attend American College Personnel Association Assessment Institute.
  • Fall 2014
    • WASC re-accreditation efforts and campus visit
    • Campus Center and Student Health and Wellness Services self study
    • Student Housing self study
    • SAAC begins Program Review overhaul. Draft template due to VCSA by December, 2014.
    • Strategic Plan Implementation Team (SPIT) is reconvened by VCSA to create division-wide Learning Objectives based upon the division's vision, mission, and operating principles.
    • First Thursdays Assessment ╩╗Ohana workshops
      • CAS Standards Fluency
      • Student Affairs Assessment Practice
  • Spring 2015
    • First Thursday Assessment ╩╗Ohana workshops
      • Student Affairs Assessment Practice
    • VCSA and SALC partner to revise and adopt the template for comprehensive program review.
    • VCSA creates initial slate of units selected for program review under the newly adopted template.
    • Professional Development and training opportunity for units selected for 2015-16 program review.