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DSA Assessment and Planning 101
This guide is an introduction to assessment for the University of Houston Division of Student Affairs. It serves as a review for current employees and a component of the onboarding process for new employees (including graduate students). While it covers numerous sections and is quite extensive, it is not exhaustive; there is always more to learn and incorporate in the utilization of assessment.

Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes in student affairs and assessment were presented by Dr. Rob Aaron presented on March 2, 2012, to the division. Below are the presentation and key terms:

Student Information
Facts at a glance from the Office of Institutional Research. UH staff, if you would like to request access to UH dashboard for more current information please contact Scott Radimer.

UH Institutional Review Board
The Division of Research sponsors the IRB process using an online portal system: ICON

Create an EAB UH User Account
The above PDF has instructions on creating an EAB account for UH Staff. Please use your UH email address.

Campus Labs and Useful Tools

Campus Labs – Planning

To log into the system, go to Planning Login and enter your CougarNet ID and Password.

Planning is a web-based tool that helps institutions organize accreditation reports and documentation for submission to appropriate agencies.

In order to use this application, you must first be added to the system. Please contact Scott Radimer for assistance.

Campus Labs - Baseline via AccessUH

To log into the system, go to AccessUH and enter your CougarNet ID and Password.

There are no additional login IDs or passwords that you will need. Once in your account look for the Baseline Icon in the Administrative Services panel. If for some reason that entry is not working you can also use your CougarNet ID & Password at the following link: Login to Campus Labs Baseline.

Please visit the Baseline Support Site for information on how to submit a project request:

  • Go to Baseline support site
  • Click on the Sign-Up button in the upper right-hand corner
  • Follow the prompts to enter your name and email address. Please note that you will need to use your institutional email address to create your account.

Once you have logged into Baseline you can view their Implementation Resources in order to get a better understanding of their support. You can also sign up for a training webinar at Register for Trainings.

Don’t have a Baseline icon or having trouble logging in? Contact your Assessment and Planning Director Scott Radimer.

Sample Size Calculator
The Sample Size Calculator, provided by Creative Research Systems survey software, determines the number of subjects needed in order to get results reflective of the target population as precisely as needed.

SPSS Tutorial
This is a guide to using SPSS, from basic information to detailed instructions for running statistical tests, provided by Amherst College of Massachusetts.

Effect Size Calculator
Calculators for effect size correlation provided by Dr. Lee A. Becker of the University of Colorado Springs.

Useful Web Sites

NASPA Knowledge Community: Assessment, Evaluation and Research: Find links to the community resources including resources, frameworks, other campus' assessment websites for benchmarking opportunities, and more.

College Student Educators International (ACPA) Commission for Assessment and Evaluation: Find information and resources from ACPA's commission on assessment and evaluation.

HERI: Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California Los Angeles serves as a center for research, evaluation, and research training in postsecondary education. This site also houses the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, a national longitudinal study of higher education.

Select Books

Learning Reconsidered, ed. Richard P. Keeling (ACPA/NASPA, 2004): Download a PDF copy of this resource.

Learning Reconsidered 2: Implementing a Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience, (ACPA/NASPA, et al., 2006): This follow-up resource provides information on moving the above recommendations into practice.

ASK (Assessment Skills and Knowledge) Standards Booklet: Available as a free download for ACPA members.

Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Benjamin S. Bloom (1956)

Assessment Essentials, Catherine A. Palomba, Trudy W. Banta and Associates (Jossey-Bass, 1999)

Assessment Practice in Student Affairs: An Applications Manual, John H. Schuh, M. Lee Upcraft (Jossey-Bass, 2000)

Resources, articles, and reports

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) provides both General Standards and Learning and Developmental Outcomes to guide practitioners in improving programs and services with the goal of enhancing the quality of student learning and development.

NASPA Assessment Framework: The Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Assessment Education Framework provides a structure for learning about assessment and helps practitioners select appropriate training options to support their assessment work.

NILOA: The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) provides resources and tools to assist with the discovery and adoption of promising practices in the assessment of college student learning outcomes.

Powerful Partnerships: A Shared Responsibility for Learning (AAHE, et al., 1998)

Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning (AAHEA, 1992): supplied through DePaul University

The Student Learning Imperative: Implications for Student Affairs (American College Personnel Assn., 1994, 2008)

AAC&U LEAP Outcomes: Developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes provide a set of rubrics to assess students' cumulative progress throughout college.

Assessment Skills and Knowledge (ASK) Standards
This brochure outlines assessment content standards from ACPA's Commission for Assessment for Student Development.