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Assessment Symposium

The Student Affairs Assessment Symposium serves an opportunity for the division to provide insight and knowledge to the University community regarding both national and Lehigh trends related to student engagement, co-curricular learning and college student development.  The symposium is also a platform where results and conclusions from divisional and departmental assessment efforts are highlighted and showcased for the community. 

The ultimate outcome for the symposium is for participants to leave with new, thought provoking, data-driven information about students and trends related to student culture that will ultimately enhance and inform the multifaceted interactions and relationships between faculty, staff and students. 


2016 Program Booklet

2016 Assessment Symposium

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

8am-3pm, University Center 3rd and  4th Floor


8:00-8:20am UC 303-Continental breakfast available for all presenters & attendees


8:20-8:35am UC 303-Welcome by Ian Birky & Introduction by Jess Manno


8:45-9:25am UC 303- 3 Pecha Kucha Presentations (6 minutes and 40 seconds each)




Promoting Social Justice Dialogue at Predominantly White Institutions


Scott Burden, Assistant Director Pride Center for Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity

This PechaKucha will utilize several frameworks and assessment driven approaches to discuss the implications of racism and microaggressions on college students and how to promote social justice dialogue at predominantly white institutions. The implications of such conversations are far reaching at Lehigh University and impact our entire community.



Beyond Words: Using photography as a communications tool in evoLUtion group seminars


Christa Neu, Photographer & Photo Editor, University Communications

Drawing from the bLUeprint draftbook’s Foundations for Student Success, I used photography as a visual tool to structure my evoLUtion group meetings. Each week the group worked on a project that had some angle in visual communication. The activities encouraged the students to engage in collaborative connections, embrace individuality and differences and navigate a path to professional success.



Academic Ice Bath: Preventative Maintenance for a Smooth Transition to Lehigh


Katie Guynn, Director Student-Athlete Academic Success

The Academic Ice Bath incorporates both weekly group programming and bi-weekly individual check-ins for first-year football student-athletes. It is designed to aid them in their transition to academic and athletic life at Lehigh. This presentation highlights the successes of the program, as shared by past participants.


9:30-Noon UC 408, 409, Faculty Lounge East-In Brief Colloquiums (40 minutes each)


Colloquium Session #1 9:35-10:15am


UC 408

The Path to Prominence and a 90% (or Better) Graduation Rate

Dr. Jennifer Jensen, Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs

The Path to Prominence vision unveiled by the president and provost includes the goal of an undergraduate six-year graduation rate of 90 percent or better. This session presents information on graduation rates at Lehigh and peer and aspirational peer institutions; details the impact of achieving a 90 percent graduation rate; and demonstrates how this goal was set – and what steps might follow to achieve this goal.


UC 409

Beyond Parties and PNMs: A Collaborative Approach to Working with Sororities

Dr. Rita Jones, Director of the Women’s Center and Elizabeth Shayler, Associate Director of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs

Over the past 3 years, The Women's Center and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs have collaborated to support and challenge the Panhellenic Council and its member sororities.  This session will describe the background and goals, outcomes, and future direction of the collaboration.


UC 306

Advising Matters: An update from the new CAS Academic Advising Center

Dr. Jennifer Swann, Professor Biological Sciences and Susan Ellis,  Program Director College of Arts & Sciences

The CAS Academic Advising Center (AAC) supports students throughout their undergraduate career contributing to student success by empowering thoughtful engagement in educational planning. The AAC dramatically increased student satisfaction with advising. This presentation will detail the new advising model and the student-centered initiatives the center has implemented.


Colloquium Session #2 10:25-11:05am


UC 408

Extending International Orientation: An Assessment of Early Integration into the American College Campus


Jen Topp, Manager Global Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives & Laura Dean, Graduate Student Comparative & International Education

A qualitative and quantitative report on the result of a pilot program which extended international orientation in depth and breadth, including the impetus for changing the program from what’s been done in the past, the program itself, outcomes, and plans for improvement.


UC 409

What is a "good" global citizen? Building undergraduate students' critical citizenship skills


Dr. Sarah Stanlick, Director of the Center for Community Engagement

Through high-impact practices service-learning and study abroad, we assume that our students are transformed in ways that change their meaning perspective of the world and ability to engage critically in the civic sphere.  Is this truly the case?  Using transformative learning as the framework, this presentation will delve into development, evidence, and assessment of global citizen identity.


UC 306

Better Me, Better We: Lehigh Student-Athlete High Performance Development  (questions about this topic can be directed to Julie Ammary at jds5@lehigh.edu)


Julie Ammary, Director Athletics Leadership Development and Anna Patterson, Assistant Director Athletics Leadership Development

High performance development is an intentional and collaborative process for Lehigh Athletics. This colloquium will provide you with a basic understanding of the framework used to develop high performance, data from each core component of the model, and live perspectives from current and former student-athletes, administrators, and coaches.


Colloquium Session #3 11:15-Noon


UC 408

Institutional Data and the LGBTQ Student Population


Chelsea Fullerton, Director Pride Center for Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity

In the summer of 2016, a group of Lehigh faculty & staff came together to review all institutional data sources that had information on LGBTQ+ Lehigh students.  Join us as we review our findings and discuss implications for our daily practice in working with students.


UC 409

Substance Abuse: A Closer Look at Function and Values


Dr. John Siefke, Staff Psychologist, Lehigh University Counseling & Psychological Services

Lehigh’s UCPS presents a didactic symposium aimed at increasing knowledge about the treatment of substance/alcohol use/abuse on college campuses.  National data trends are compared to university data. Attention is given to the BASICS treatment program, how UCPS expands this framework, as well as the benefits of delivering this treatment in group versus individual formats.


UC 306

bLUeprint...a Journey to Promote Self-Authorship with our Students


Carol Hill, Director University Center Facilities

To what extent have we considered how our training experiences actually connect to students’ development and transformation? What would it take to not only help our staff learn the content of their jobs but also invite them to become more developmentally complex in the process? How could we create a developmentally appropriate, sequenced learning experience that prepares students for their role and encourages them to challenge their assumptions? Our office, creates mutual learning partnerships, inviting staff to both achieve our complex learning outcomes and move toward increased developmental capacity. These questions drove our process of reinventing Building Supervisor to align with bLUeprint, our Student Life Curriculum based on self-authorship (2001) and the Social Change Model (1994).


12:10-1:00pm UC 303 Food for Thought Lunch (50 minutes)


For participants that choose to register for lunch, a series of small group dialogs will be facilitated by presenters, and additional staff members,  in order to provide a space for further inquiry, collaborative brainstorming and meaning making, and deeper dives into specific themes that emerged from colloquium content areas and attendee interest.  

Possible dialog themes/topics could include:
Digging into student advising, retention and transition
Understanding community engagement & citizenship
Diving into aspects of student development
Connections between alcohol & other drugs and the student experience
Supporting and understanding the LGBTQ+ student


Colloquium Session #4 1:15-1:55pm


UC 408

LUAlly: Opportunities for Engagement, Learning and Action with The Pride Center


Scott Burden, Assistant Director Pride Center for Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity; Chelsea Fullerton, Director Pride Center for Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity; Amanda Slichter, Assistant Director for Residence Life

LUally is Lehigh’s innovative new training program that aims to develop a network of aware, engaged, and active allies for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff. Join us as we delve into LUally data gathered since the program’s launch in August of 2016!


UC 409

One Voice for Engagement: Lehigh in the local and global community

Carolina Hernandez, Director Community Service Office and Dr. Sarah Stanlick, Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Adrienne Washington, Vice President for Community & Regional Affairs.

Community engagement continues to sit at the heart of Lehigh University's strategic plan. Through service, learning, research, and experience, we strive to be a responsible anchor institution and meaningful partner in the co-creation of knowledge towards social good. As such, this intentional, deliberate work necessitates values-engaged, rigorous, and mixed methods assessment of our impact. This presentation will explore the many ways in which we are assessing our work towrds the engagement and empowerment of our community.


UC 306

Lehigh After Dark's Evolving Assessment Strategy


Meg Munley, Research Analyst Office of Institutional Research and Jenna Papaz, Coordinator Health Advancement & Prevention

While the Lehigh After Dark assessment strategy is constantly evolving, it’s given us a better understanding of the impact of late-night programming on Lehigh’s campus. Our findings have inspired more questions and renewed stamina of what assessment can do to improve a program.


Colloquium Session #5 2:05-2:45pm


UC 408

SERVE Program: Transforming Communities and Student Learning through Meaningful Service

Carolina Hernandez, Director Community Service Office, Gabby Dardis & Joey Recupero, SERVE Student Coordinators

For twenty years, SERVE trips been a high-impact initiative within the Community Service Office engaging over 1,000 students in meaningful service with non-profit organizations across the country during University break periods.  This presentation will highlight the core components of this transformative experience, uncover key impact areas through qualitative storytelling, and explore future directions of the SERVE Program at Lehigh University.


UC 409

Supporting Student Success through the LUCID Mentor Program


Lori Kennedy, Senior Director and Karen Kuczynski, Director for The Center for Career & Professional Development

Today's students expect more help than ever before to launch their careers.  As college career centers continue to evolve, the center for career & professional development is building an ecosystem that fully engages the entire university network to support student success.  During this session, learn how students are expanding their professional network and how alumni are impacting student successes through the LUCID Mentor Program.



UC 306

Courageous Conversations: Engaging in Dialog Framework to Enhance Inclusive Leadership


Carter Gilbert, Assistant Director of Greek Leadership Development

Courageous Conversations is an innovative initiative, which creates space for student leaders to converse about topics relevant to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.  The highlight of the program is the development of participants’ abilities to engage in reflective and open dialogue, untempered by pretense, defense, or fear.  This session will explore the program's recent assessment data and discuss challenges in measuring the development of inclusive leaders.