Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Developing Direct Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes in Student Services and the Student Experience

April 15, 2016 - Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown - Philadelphia, PA


Philadelphia Skyline · Photo by Bob Krist - Courtesy of Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.


About the Workshop

The Middle States Commission on High Education’s publication Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources, Second Edition states “the characteristics of good evidence of student learning include considerations of direct and indirect methods for gathering evidence of student learning.” Creating direct student learning assessment tools within Student Support Services can be challenging for student service professionals. Often many student service programs rely only on indirect assessment techniques such as focus groups, evaluations, surveys, etc.

Student affairs and services offices have countless direct student learning assessment tools at its disposal, both qualitative and quantitative. This presentation will provide techniques, rubrics and examples of student learning outcomes customized for BMCC that incorporate the college’s mission and strategic plan.
Learning Outcomes/Goals:
  • Participants will learn the importance of direct assessment for planning, resource allocation, student learning and reaccreditation
  • Participants will be able to recognize and understand the differences between direct and indirect assessment
  • Participants will be able to distinguish between operational/program assessment and Student Learning Outcome Assessment
  • Participants will be able to distinguish between qualitative and quantitative assessment techniques
  • Participants will be able to create and use rubrics
  • Participants will be able to create direct assessment SLO for their individual areas / programs that can be incorporated into assessment plans and linked to institutional mission and goals


Dr. Michael Sachs, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania


7:30 A.M.                         Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 A.M.                         Workshop Begins

12:00 noon - 1:00 P.M.    Lunch

4:00 P.M.                         Workshop Concludes



The registration fee includes workshop materials, a continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, and lunch. Institutions may send more than one person to this workshop.

Early Registration
(Received on or before March 25, 2016):              $295 per person

Regular Registration
(Received March 26 - April 8, 2016):                    $375 per person

NOTE: No on-site registration available.


Cancellations: To qualify for a refund, registrations must be canceled by April 8, 2016. A cancellation fee of $95 will be assessed, regardless of the reason for cancellation. Cancellations received after this date will not receive a refund. Contact MSCHE at (267) 284-5000.





Participants are responsible for their own accommodations. MSCHE has not reserved a block of rooms. For information regarding hotel reservations at the Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown click HERE. (Participants that need to book a room for this workshop are advised to make their reservations early. The hotel has limited availability.) The hotel is located at: 21 N Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680; Telephone: (267) 284-5000