Peer Assessment Leaders

A culture of assessment is a set of pervasive actions and behaviors by staff across an organization that focuses on the collection, analysis, and use of data to make decisions regarding the accountability and improvement of programs and services (Henning, 2016, in press).

PALs promote a culture of assessment

We guide the direction of Campus Life Services’ assessment efforts and how we demonstrate our impact on student learning. We provide ongoing support to CLS staff regarding assessment, create professional development opportunities, and recognize staff who are doing great things.

Learn about PAL

How often does PAL meet?

We meet once per month for one-hour meetings and occasionally meet more often for special events/programs.

What are the skills required to be a PAL?

All you need to be a PAL is positive energy, interest in assessment, intellectual curiosity, and motivation!

What is the length of commitment?

The recommended commitment is just ONE year. For the first months as a new member, you will work on-on-one with a senior PAL to learn more about assessment and the tools we use (e.g., Compliance Assist). For the the rest of your time as a PAL, you will serve on the group, and in your last month you may be asked to mentor an incoming member. From that point, you can choose to stay for another cycle or leave the group.

Who are the current members? Is my department represented?

Please visit the About Us page to view the current PALs. Your department may not have representation (yet). 

What’s in it for me?

PAL is an opportunity for you to be exposed to/gain the skills in the following areas:

  • Assessment planning and methods
  • Articulating learning outcomes
  • Data collection and management methods
  • Creating assessment instruments
  • Effective reporting and use of results
  • Assessment education (e.g., training other staff)

Those are all good skills to have. What else?

  • Collaboration
  • Team building
  • Demonstrating the impact of CLS
  • Supporting the culture of assessment

What if this is not for me? Can I recommend someone else in CLS or nominate one of my staff?

Yes! Please recommend PAL to your staff, especially if your department is not represented in the group. It is important that most (if not all) of CLS is represented.

Can I request a consult with a member of the PAL team?

Absolutely! We are here to help. If you would like assistance at any stage of the assessment process, please complete the online request form. This form is the preferred format for departments to submit requests and will help the PAL team coordinate projects and ensure you receive timely and efficient support. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by a member of the PAL team who will further support you in your request.