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SNC Assessment Conference

Tuesday, January 18, 2022


Due to the ever-changing circumstances of COVID-19, the Conference Planning Committee feels it is safest to move this conference to a fully virtual setting.

Unfortunately, food and beverages will no longer be served.

Cost: Free to faculty and staff. Not open to the public, this is for SNC employees only.

Download full program schedule with meeting links here (SNC-log-in required).

Click here to register for the event.

Schedule Overview

8:50 - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Overview of Day

We will open the day with a warm welcome and appreciation that attendees are able to join us today!

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

Welcome and Featured Speaker: Janet Smith, Ph.D., Pittsburgh State University

Bringing It All Together: Why Assessment?

Our guest speaker is Dr. Jan Smith, joining us from Pittsburgh State University.   In this session, Dr. Eric High and Kasia Mills will join Dr. Smith for a discussion about assessment - its purpose, benefits and challenges.

Bio: Jan Smith is the Special Assistant to the Provost and a Professor at Pittsburgh State University in Pittsburgh, Kansas. She has conducted numerous webinars as well as national, regional, and international presentations on topics related to higher education, most notably in the areas of assessment of student learning, HLC accreditation, and planning. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has over 25 years of experience as a professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Pittsburgh State. Additionally, Dr. Smith was a long-time mentor for HLC’s Assessment Academy and currently serves as a Scholar for Assessment and Student Success Academies.

9:50 - 10:00 a.m.


10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Crossroads of Assessment: Where SNC has been and where we are going

Discussion session with:

Deborah Anderson, Ph.D., Professor of Biology

David Bailey, Ph.D., Associate Provost

Eric High, D.M.A., Associate Professor of Music


Drs. Deb Anderson, David Bailey and Eric High will host a discussion on SNC’s assessment, specifically looking back at the work that has been done, and looking forward to our opportunities.  Designed as an interactive discussion, we hope that participants will bring their thoughts about the college’s assessment work.

11:30 - 12:15 p.m.


12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

Status of Incoming Students and Early Student Needs

Corey Ciesielczyk, Director and Brooke Gustafson, Associate Director, Office of Academic Success, Support and Accessibility (OASSA)

Corey Ciesielczyk and Brooke Gustafon will provide us with a high-level overview of the status of incoming students and their academic needs in their first years.  They will be joined by a student, who will offer first hand thoughts on the transition into a college career.  There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion throughout this session.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 


Assessment Technology Infrastructure Overview

Kasia Mills and Carolyn Uhl, Ph.D., Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Kasia Mills and Dr. Carolyn Uhl have been working to build web and moodle based tools to support the college’s assessment work.  The technology infrastructure also highlights the assessment reporting process.  Still in its draft form, participants are invited to provide comments and ideas to its further development. The aim is to both explain the developing structure, and collect user-input to its refinement.

Taking the Leap: Two SNC Departments Share Their Stories

Brandon Bauer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art, and Valerie Kretz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies 

Two SNC faculty members will tell their stories of jumping into the assessment world with their departments.  They will explain their journey - their hesitations, concerns, successes, and hopes for the future.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage and discuss assessment, and are encouraged to bring lessons and thoughts from their own department’s perspective. 

Student Affairs Assessment: The First Year Experience and Student Wellness

Joe Webb, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs; Bruce Robertson, Ph.D., Director of Counseling and Career Development; and Shelly Mumma, Ph.D., Leadership, Student Engagement and First-Year Experience

Similar to the above perspectives from faculty, leaders from the Student Affairs division will present their own co-curricular journey of assessment using the case studies of student wellbeing and the first year experience.  This session offers the opportunity to learn about co-curricular assessment, and the work being done across the campus to develop the comprehensive student experience.

Faculty are welcome and encouraged to join this session, as it is not solely for Student Affairs staff.  It presents an opportunity for people to build their knowledge of the work done across the curricular and co-curricular realms.

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Dr. David Bailey will conclude the day with closing remarks.

For questions please email kasia.mills@snc.edu


We invite you to join us!

Session recordings will be posted on the OIE website for later viewing.

Click here to register for the event.

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