A post by NACE Guest Blogger, Desalina Allen, Senior Assistant Director at NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development
The vampires are doing it….
And even that Carrie from Sex in the City (don’t pretend you aren’t watching)….
So why not chronicle the exciting, interesting and sometimes challenging task of Assessment in Career Services?
Assessment is indeed a hot topic thanks to the increasing pressure on institutions to demonstrate student outcomes and learning coming from parents, students, the media, accreditors, and the government. Many of us have attended a workshop or presentations providing an overview of assessment or strategies for writing learning goals and objectives. What happens when you get back to the office and have to put that theory into practice? How do you deal with lack of time, ever-changing technology, and the need to motivate others to help you?
While assessment is formally part of my role at NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, it’s still really difficult to devote time and energy to the medium and long term planning and brainstorming necessary to set up our office for future success. Student counseling, employer outreach, program planning and daily troubleshooting often seem to be higher priorities when I look at my email in the morning. But assessment does need to be made a priority and nothing feels better than having accurate information to share when you get that call from a Dean, faculty member, parent or colleague requesting data or a success story.
With this series, I hope to provide a realistic perspective on what it’s like not only to think about, but to also enact these strategies day-to-day. The more I learn about and implement assessment strategies, the more I notice ways in which we can improve the way we collect, share and evaluate information. I’ll share my own tips, mistakes and challenges. I may even reach out to professionals in and outside of the career services world for advice and commentary. I’ll look forward to your comments, feedback and ideas.