Looking to form a Student Affairs assessment committee or revamp the committee you already have? This webinar will outline some assessment committee structures, and we’ll hear from three member campuses about how their committees formed, their charges, and the role they play within Student Affairs and at the institution.

Guest Presenters:

Scott Mason is the Senior Associate Director of the University of Delaware’s two student unions and has oversight of Greek Life, Programming, and Registered Student Organizations. Mason has also volunteered with sexual assault awareness advocacy, LGBT concerns, academic affairs and student life partnering initiatives, diversity planning, student conduct, and assessment. He received his Master’s in Education for College Counseling in 1989 from the University of Delaware where he has served since in a variety of capacities within the University Student Centers throughout his 20+ year career. He began working with student union facilities and quickly moved into oversight of student organizations. In the mid 90s to early Millennium he worked extensively with campus programming and was active with the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA), having been published several times in Campus Programming. He was recognized by NACA’s Educational Foundation for a Multicultural Advocate award and in 2001 received the prestigious Patsy Morley Outstanding Programmer award.

Katherine O’Dair is the executive director for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at Boston College, a role she has been in since 2009. Katie is responsible for the development and oversight of assessment efforts within the division of student affairs, the creation of collaborative programs with academic affairs, the management of the vice president’s office, diversity initiatives within the division, and serves as the student Title IX coordinator. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a master’s degree in student personnel and counseling from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Boston College. She is actively involved in the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and presents both regionally and nationally on topics such as assessment of student learning, assessment practices, and graduate and professional student concerns. Katie is a past national and region 1 chair of the NASPA Administrators in Graduate and Professional Student Services Knowledge Community and served on the NASPA Region 1 advisory board.

Dr. Catherine (Cathy) Schmitt Whitaker has over 20 years of experience providing student services and leadership within higher education; and currently serves as the Interim Executive Director for Student Health & Counseling Services at Cal Poly Pomona University. She views individuals and organizations from a holistic approach and is committed to creating access and an equitable environment that provides opportunities for students from diverse cultures to transition, adjust to, and graduate from college.

Service on Cal Poly Pomona’s University Advising Task Force Assessment Sub-Committee and Student Affairs Division Assessment Committee (SADAC) has fostered an understanding of assessment at the program, department, division and university levels. As the current SADAC Chair, Dr. Schmitt Whitaker has led the division’s efforts to create a divisional learning outcome framework and to develop a common knowledge base among department assessment liaisons. Dr. Schmitt Whitaker has been recognized for her collaboration and leadership on multiple university committees as the recipient of the Vice President’s for Student affairs Division Leadership Award in 2009, co-recipient of the California State University Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) System-wide Instructional Materials Award in 2008, and co-recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence Through Teams in 1999. Dr. Schmitt Whitaker has conducted numerous student services-related presentations and workshops for university and professional organization audiences. She has team taught an Interdisciplinary General Education course, Fundamental Principles of Learning Skills course and served as a teaching partner for freshmen year experience courses.

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