Capital District
Student Affairs Assessment Symposium


November 6, 2013
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Campus Center,
University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12222

Thank you for attending the 2013 Student Affairs Assessment Symposium!
We hope to see you again at our next event.



Dr. Ted Elling

Dr. Ted Elling
Associate Vice Chancellor at UNC Charlotte

"Utilizing Data Integration as a Technique to Enhance Student Retention and Involvement"

This presentation will demonstrate that with a little advance planning and institutional collaboration you can maximize the utility of an individual survey to address multiple purposes such as early warning system needs, fast tracking information to academic advisors, assessing the impact of first year support programs on retention and academic success, and time to degree analysis, all through the use of techniques associated with data integration. This non-technical presentation will describe the conversations necessary to start such a project, design a workable project plan in terms of scope, identify helpful tools and tips needed to build a meaningful dataset. Real life examples from a single set of cohort studies that have been used for multiple audiences from K-12 educators interested in high school preparedness to senior faculty and staff members interested in retention, academic performance, and time to degree issues will be highlighted.

Bio :

Dr. Ted Elling is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for Research and Systems Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His current responsibilities include coordinating research, assessment and information technology efforts for the division in addition to serving as the senior projects manager of various division and university wide initiatives. He received his Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education from Teachers College, Columbia University with an emphasis in Student Personnel Administration. His research interests include data integration to enable assessment and program evaluation, new student retention and graduation rate issues. He has published in the areas of minority student retention, assessment in student affairs, data integration, information technology, and the influence of work on college student development. He is a past national co-chair of the NASPA Assessment, Evaluation and Research Knowledge Community and is currently serving as chair of the board of the directors for the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) organization.

Dr. Lance Kennedy-Phillips
Executive Director, Center for Student Life
Studies at The Ohio State University

"We all own learning: Assessing outcomes of student employment"

On college and university campuses  Dr. Lance Kenendy-Phillipsacross the country, there is a growing need for shared responsibility of student learning and success. Historically, faculty members were charged with “learning” and Student Affairs practitioners were charged with planning activities to keep the students busy when they weren’t in class or studying. That’s not our current reality. Student learning takes place at the intersection of three factors: the curricular environment, the co-curricular environment, and the student’s motivation. Employment within student affairs divisions offers environments in which students can apply the knowledge they have gained, as well as acquire new competencies, helping them to build solid foundations for their futures. This session will discuss findings from a recent assessment of the learning and developmental outcomes established for the 5000 students employed by the Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University.

Bio :

Lance Kennedy-Phillips, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Student Life at The Ohio State University. In this role, he leads assessment, research and evaluation of co-curricular learning and programs. Lance served as National Co-Chair for The NASPA Assessment, Research, and Evaluation Knowledge Community from 2010-2013. In addition, he served as Director of the Foundations I Institute for the Association for Institutional Research from 2008-2012. Lance was a co-editor of the recently published Qualitative & Quantitative Research: A Mixed Methods Approach in Higher Education. He holds faculty appointments at Clemson University and The Ohio State University teaching graduate level assessment and research methods courses. He is the coordinator and founder of the Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference. His scholarly interests include organizational learning, assessment and higher education policy analysis. He received his Master's and Doctoral degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 Dr. Darby Roberts

Dr. Darby Roberts
Director of Student Life
Studies at Texas A&M University

"Enhance, Assess and Document"

Higher education is under more scrutiny from multiple stakeholders including students, parents, legislators, and employers. Student affairs professionals are now being asked to enhance, assess, and document student learning outside of the classroom, but they do not always have the knowledge and tools to do that well. This session will lay the foundation and provide a variety of methods for advisors and supervisors to use with the students they work with.




Darby currently serves as the Director of Student Life Studies at Texas A&M University, having been promoted from Associate Director, Assistant Director, Assessment Coordinator, and graduate assistant in the same department. Before joining Student Life Studies, Darby worked as an Area Coordinator in the Texas A&M Department of Residence Life and as a Hall Director at the University of Tennessee

Darby has also taught in the Student Affairs Administration and Higher Education master’s program. The courses include Assessment in Student Affairs, Research in Student Affairs, and the Functions and Foundations of Student Affairs

Darby earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in business analysis and research (management information systems), Master of Science in human resources management, and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration, all from Texas &AM University. The title of her dissertation was Skill Development among Student Affairs Professionals in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region III.

Her professional involvement includes being co-chair for NASPA’s Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community, serving as assessment column editor for NASPA’s NetResults, and co-editing Learning is Not a Sprint, a NASPA book published in June 2012. Darby frequently presents at national conferences.

Outside of her formal job duties Darby serves the Division of Student Affairs by chairing the Assessment Team, advising student organizations, serving as an ATMentor and Aggie Ally, being on the Division’s Risk Management Coordination Committee, and chairing the Staff Development Team. She was one of the founding members of the Student Leader Learning Outcomes (SLLO) Project to promote the assessment and documentation of student learning in the co-curricular.

Darby has received several awards for her contributions to Texas A&M. The honors include: 2005 Division of Student Affairs Professional Staff Award, 2002 Alpha Phi Omega Distinguished Service Key, 2000 Enhancing Diversity Professional Staff Award, 2000 Fish Camp Namesake, and 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 Division of Student Affairs Outstanding Team, Group or Committee Award.

In her spare time, Darby also volunteers at the local animal and is now on the Board of Directors for the Aggieland Humane Society. Darby grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and loves to travel.