Webinar: Four Perspectives on Student Affairs Assessment: A Panel Discussion

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Co-Sponsored by Skyfactor and CAS

Assessment is an integral part of student affairs work, but there is great variety in the breadth and depth of assessment work across different campuses, departments, and positions. And, much of that has evolved or changed since the onset of COVID-19. What can we learn from looking at where the field has been and where it is going? This webinar will feature an insightful and engaging conversation with assessment experts for a discussion about current issues, challenges, and the future of student affairs assessment.


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Presented by:

  • Matt Venaas is a Research Manager at Skyfactor, a Macmillan Learning company. In this capacity on the Analytics & Research Team, he is responsible for survey design and content for over 50 national benchmarking assessments. He also is responsible for analyzing data from these assessments to build educational content and conduct national studies. Since 2015, he has presented over 50 educational sessions at national higher education conferences on a wide range of topics related to student affairs assessment, student success, and retention. He is currently a member of the Directorate Board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and has twice served on faculty for the Student Affairs Assessment Institute. He has a M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education and a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.
  • Erin Bentrim, Ph.D. is the Divisional Director of Student Affairs Research & Assessment at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. During the past 23 years, Dr. Bentrim has served in a variety of positions in higher education administration including Assistant Dean of Students, Interim Director of Academic Assessment, and the Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness. Dr. Bentrim has led several strategic planning initiatives in her local community and served as an assessment consultant for multiple campuses. Dr. Bentrim has also had numerous responsibilities related to the SACS accreditation process. In addition, she was the national co-chair of the NASPA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community from 2009-2011 and is a founding member of the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders. Dr. Bentrim holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology & Research, an M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services, both from the University of South Carolina, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College where she earned a Bachelor’s in English.
  • Christopher Haug, Ed.D. currently serves as Vice President for Student Affairs at Neumann University located in suburban Philadelphia, where he provides executive leadership for a comprehensive range of services, policies, and procedures related to student affairs programming, planning, and strategically-related functions for the institution. Previously, he served in student affairs positions at University of Portland, University of Notre Dame, Winthrop University, and Ball State University where he had responsibility for a wide range of student affairs administrative functions and assessment initiatives. A recipient of the 2019 Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) Dissertation of the Year Award, Dr. Haug’s doctoral research established that moral distress is present among student conduct administrators in higher education. Dr. Haug earned a Doctorate in Education from University of Portland, Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from Ball State University, and a Bachelors of Science in Education from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
  • Gavin Henning, Ph.D. is Professor and Program Director of the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Doctorate of Education Programs. He’s held positions in residence life, student affairs assessment, institutional research, and student affairs divisional leadership. He has been implementing assessment in some form for over 20 years. He is a Past President of ACPA as well as immediate Past President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). Gavin earned a BS in Psychology and Sociology and Master of Arts in College and University Administration from Michigan State University as well as Master of Arts in Sociology and Doctor of Philosophy in Education Policy and Leadership, both from the University of New Hampshire.