What We Do

The Office of Assessment and Research is a shared service office for the University of Florida’s Division of Student Affairs. When not assisting units, SAAR enacts its mission by advancing the following strategies:

SAAR works to build the assessment competencies of DSA staff. Action items include expanding a variety of training topics and formats, incorporating educational materials into consultations, and refinement of the DSA Conference.

    SAAR works to help departments organize and utilize their data in meaningful ways that help them to share their stories and how they contribute to the student experience. Action items include validation of departmental data sets, expanding a DSA data bank enriched by the UF data lake, and advocate for improved UF data governance.

    SAAR works to improve its efficiency and ability to support DSA assessment and research needs. Action items include streamlined project intake forms, a consultation process guide, and implementation of project management software.

    SAAR works to represent the DSA in UF’s institutional reporting for the UF Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors, accreditation, and ranking organizations. Action items include timely submission of institutional effectiveness plans and reports, valuable contributions to reaffirmation, and consistent data points to UF’s Office of Institutional Planning & Research for ranking organizations.
    SAAR works to advance DSA’s scholarship by collaborating with individuals and departments on a variety of research studies for publication and/or presentation. Action items include networking academic partners, service as an honest broker, navigating IRB, assistance with manuscripts, and pursuit of grants.

    The intentional alignment of assessment efforts with departmental, divisional, and institutional goals in support of more effective, efficient, and sustainable decision-making. In addition to supporting department goal setting as a type of project, SAAR maps department goals to division and institutional objectives, assists with division planning, and coordinates reporting of institutional effectiveness plans for Accreditation, Comprehensive Department Reviews as well as contributions to ranking agency submissions.

    [cs_content_seo]The Office of Assessment and Research is a shared service office for the University of Florida’s Division of Student Affairs. When not assisting units, SAAR enacts its mission by advancing the following strategies:
    Capacity Building

    SAAR works to build the assessment competencies of DSA staff. Action items include expanding a variety of training topics and formats, incorporating educational materials into consultations, and refinement of the DSA Conference.

    Data ManagementSAAR works to help departments organize and utilize their data in meaningful ways that help them to share their stories and how they contribute to the student experience. Action items include validation of departmental data sets, expanding a DSA data bank enriched by the UF data lake, and advocate for improved UF data governance.Project Management

    SAAR works to improve its efficiency and ability to support DSA assessment and research needs. Action items include streamlined project intake forms, a consultation process guide, and implementation of project management software.
    ReportingSAAR works to represent the DSA in UF’s institutional reporting for the UF Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors, accreditation, and ranking organizations. Action items include timely submission of institutional effectiveness plans and reports, valuable contributions to reaffirmation, and consistent data points to UF’s Office of Institutional Planning & Research for ranking organizations.ResearchSAAR works to advance DSA’s scholarship by collaborating with individuals and departments on a variety of research studies for publication and/or presentation. Action items include networking academic partners, service as an honest broker, navigating IRB, assistance with manuscripts, and pursuit of grants.Strategic Planning

    The intentional alignment of assessment efforts with departmental, divisional, and institutional goals in support of more effective, efficient, and sustainable decision-making. In addition to supporting department goal setting as a type of project, SAAR maps department goals to division and institutional objectives, assists with division planning, and coordinates reporting of institutional effectiveness plans for Accreditation, Comprehensive Department Reviews as well as contributions to ranking agency submissions.[/cs_content_seo]