Assessment Basics 1: Developing & Measuring Student Learning Outcomes

Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EST)

Improve your student support programs through effective assessment practices.

Learning Outcome

 Participants will be able to apply the SMART and MATURE methods to help them effectively develop and measure student learning outcomes.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is ideal for:

  • Professionals who coordinate peer mentoring/leadership programs
  • Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Professionals who coordinate student support programs


Data talks.  Make sure your program assessment data speaks "loud and clear."  Learn how to write effective student learning outcomes, so your data highlights your program's successes and shows you exactly where to make improvements. Our nationally recognized expert in educational assessment will give you the skills to:

  • Develop SMART student learning outcomes that reflect your program's goals.
  • Develop effective assessment measures that highlight your program's successes and identify areas for improvement using the MATURE method.
  • Seek out ready-to-use data that your campus colleagues already collect.


Paula Krist, Director, Institutional Research & Planning, University of San Diego

Paula has been active in institutional research and assessment since 1994 and is currently heading institutional research and planning at USD.  Previously,  Paula was the director of operational excellence and assessment support at the University of Central Florida and the director of institutional research and assessment at the Florida Institute of Technology. In these roles, Paula provided leadership in all university-level institutional effectiveness efforts and worked closely with the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) at UCF. She has presented workshops on assessment topics at regional and national conferences, including the 2013 Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Academic Resource Conference, the 2013 AIR Forum and the 2013 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) conference; she has served as faculty for the Association for Institutional Research’s Assessment Institutes. She received her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.