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The Assessment Process: Connecting Advising and Learning

Author(s): Aiken-Wisniewski, S. A.

Editor(s): Fox, J. R., & Martin, H. E.

Citation: Aiken-Wisniewski, S. A. (2017). The Assessment Process: Connecting Advising and Learning. In Fox, J. R., & Martin, H. E., Academic Advising and the First College Year (pp. 199-222). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.



This chapter focuses on the effects of advising on the academic success of first-year students. In addition to an introductory description of assessment, topics of discussion include learning outcome development, academic advising assessment plans, advising methods that compliment learning outcomes, selection of evaluation and measurement tools, and the use of data in facilitating change. Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are the foundation for the majority of the assessment practices and methods for student success. By creating a set of SLOs, advisors can track progress alongside the student more efficiently. Additionally, the use of measurement tools, such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) or Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), provide direct feedback and allow advising units to build on data collection efforts of others on campus.


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