Strategic Initiatives & Assessment

Our mission

Cultivating a culture of assessment to create an exceptional Mizzou student experience, success and outcomes.

Visual representation of assessment areas

Our purpose

  • Generate a culture where data is used to inform practices, guide decisions, and contribute to student success, learning, and development
  • Ensure we are being responsible stewards of our students’ and university resources
  • Validate program goals and outcomes are being met
  • Demonstrate our impact on the Mizzou student experience
  • Document our progress in relation to university strategic priorities
  • Improve our programs and services

Services provided

  • Survey design and implementation
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Assistance with other assessment methods like focus groups, interviewing, observation, etc.
  • Strategic planning facilitation and consulting
  • Assessment planning consultation
  • Assessment capacity building
  • Qualtrics assistance
  • Large scale survey administration and analysis (e.g., NSSE, Student Experience Survey, New Student Check-in, etc.)
  • Data requests regarding student information
  • Assistance with external program reviews

 

How to request services

Assessment Request Form

Or contact Ashli Grabau at grabauash@missouri.edu or Sarah Parsons at smparsons@missouri.edu.

 

More information

The Student Affairs Annual Assessment Cycle is a standardized and sustainable learning-centered process for annual departmental assessment across the Division of Student Affairs to begin fall 2022 which supports data-informed decision making to create a high-quality student experience and improve student success and learning.

Step Deliverable Deadline
1 Submit department mission and program goals Aug. 31
2 Submit assessment plan Sept. 30
3 Do and assess Ongoing
4 Submit results June 21
5 Reflect and repeat July-August

Annual survey schedule

Date(s) Survey name Description Participants
Fall
Sept. 6–20 New Student Check-In

Led by Undergraduate Studies and the Division of Student Affairs

The New Student Check-In is a high touch retention strategy for first-time freshmen and incoming transfer students. The survey is used to inform high touch individualized outreach and interventions with students who self-identify as having concerns that research has shown negatively influence retention. All new first year students and transfer students and new non-degree seeking
Oct. 12–4 Graduate/Professional Student Experience Survey

Sponsored by the Graduate School in partnership with the Division of Student Affairs and the Graduate Professional Council

The purpose of the GPSE Survey is to better understand the experiences of graduate and professional program students at MU to help inform strategies to improve their experience. The survey includes questions around academic quality, advising, professional development, career aspirations, employment and financial resources, student health and well-being, and satisfaction with student services and programs.
Spring
Jan. 31–Feb. 12 New Student Check-In

Led by Undergraduate Studies and the Division of Student Affairs

 The New Student Check-In is a high touch retention strategy for first-time freshmen and incoming transfer students. The survey is used to inform high touch individualized outreach and interventions with students who self-identify as having concerns that research has shown negatively influence retention. All new first year students and transfer students and new non-degree seeking
Feb. 15–March 1 Missouri Assessment of College Health Behaviors (MACHB)

Sponsored by the Wellness Resource Center

The MACHB is an annual online survey designed to understand the role of alcohol, drugs (illegal and prescription), mental health issues, and power-based personal violence in student health and wellness. The survey also assesses attitudes towards campus and community policies, other students’ behavior, and bystander interventions. The results are used to design effective programs, policies, and services to meet students needs. Sample of undergraduates, graduate, and professional students
March 6–24 Undergraduate Student Experience Survey

Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs

This survey measures student engagement, sense of belonging, social and academic integration, well-being, and satisfaction. Results are used to guide Student Affairs services, planning, and programming. Sample of undergraduate students

Student Affairs Student Assessment Board


The Student Affairs Student Assessment Board (SAAB) brings together student perspectives in the collection, interpretation, and dissemination of assessment data, in coordination with the Strategic Initiatives and Assessment Office. It consists of 10 members from specific communities and organizations, and six at-large members from across the full student body.

Primary contacts:

Membership:

  • Andriy Abbott, at-large
  • Katrina Boles, at-large
  • Mavis Chan, Missouri International Student Council (MISC)
  • Meet Parikh, MISC
  • Blaine Folsom, at-large
  • Josie Johnson, at-large
  • Sophia Pomrening, at-large
  • Jack Stiens, at-large
  • Rishabh Mahendra, Graduate Professional Council (GPC)
  • Jeffrey Ford, Missouri Students Association (MSA) (Vacant)
  • Residence Halls Association (RHA) (Vacant)
  • LBC (Vacant)
  • LBC (Vacant)
  • Four Front Council (Vacant)
  • Four Front Council (Vacant)
  • Athletics (Vacant)

If you are interested in joining SAAB or know of a student interested in doing so, please contact Ashli Grabau, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Assessment, at grabauash@missouri.edu.

Applications are due Oct. 19 at 11:59 p.m.

Assessment resources

Qualtrics

To request access to Qualtrics, please email Ashli Grabau.

 

Mizzou resources

 

Learning outcome resources

 

Student affairs research and assessment journals

 

Professional organizations and resources

Our staff

Strategic Initiatives & Assessment org chart

Ashli Grabau

Ashli Grabau

Director, Strategic Initiatives and Assessment
2202 MU Student Center
573-882-2014
grabauash@missouri.edu

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Jessie Johns

Coordinator of Assessment
2202 MU Student Center
573-882-4652
jhjmc5@missouri.edu

Sarah Parsons

Sarah Parsons

Senior Research Analyst
2202B MU Student Center
573-882-7484
smparsons@missouri.edu