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Assessment & Reports

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs provides support for unit assessment design, program review, evaluation, and strategic planning. This work is carried out by the Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment. Reports, templates, and resources can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Cynthia is available to:

  • Identify student needs
  • Design alignment between learning and measurement of learning
  • Brainstorm and scan for existing datasets
  • Evaluate tools, e.g. surveys, focus group protocol
  • Coach on strategic planning and departmental goal setting
  • Discuss program review

 

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Cynthia Ahonen Cogswell

Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment for the Division of Student Affairs

cogswell@ohio.edu 

Dr. Cogswell is the Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment at Ohio University. Her work focuses on strengthening student affairs efforts to measure and demonstrate impact. Cynthia has delivered over 40 peer reviewed sessions in four countries, on an array of topics in higher education. Through her work and research, she aims to enrich the national dialogue about student learning, engagement, and institutional change in higher education. She is interested in understanding how institutions use the process of assessment to improve student learning; the relationship between institutions and accreditors; and supporting institutional improvement through regional accreditation.

Education

2018: Institutional ResearchCourses | Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2016: Ph.D., Higher Education & Student Affairs Interdisciplinary minor in Teaching & Learning | Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2011: MA, Leadership in Higher Education | Baldwin-Wallace University, Berea, OH

2011: Project Management Certificate | Baldwin-Wallace University, Berea, OH

2009: BA, Music | The University of Akron, Akron, OH

Recent Publications

Cogswell, C. A., Pauls, S. Gauthier, A., & DeSilva, E. (2019). Agile and active: Sustaining pedagogical change in a large-enrollment calculus course. Journal of Effective Teaching Strategies. University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Borden, V. M. H., Cogswell, C. A., & Troilo, F. (2019). Do classifications and rankings improve or damage institutions? In Rosalind Pritchard, Liviu Matei, Clare Milsom and Mark O’Hara’s Competition, Collaboration and Complementarity in Higher Education. Central European University Press.

Cogswell, C. A., Maynen, D., & Lee, D. D. (2019). Trends in the Fraternity and Sorority Experience Survey as Generation Z joins. The Oracle Research Journal.

Cogswell, C. A. & Goudzwaard, M. (2018). Building demand and reaching for capacity. Journal of Learning Spaces, 6(1). Greensboro, NC: University of North Carolina Greensboro. 

Banta, T. W. & Cogswell, C. A. (2018). Linking research, policy, and practice in outcomes assessment in the United States. EAIR 40th Anniversary Book.

Recent Presentations

Jaunarajs, I. & Cogswell, C. A. (2019). Assessing leadership development: A credentialing model for innovation between academic and student affairs. Program presentation. Assessment Institute, Indianapolis, IN.

Cogswell, C. A., Baker, G. R., & Dorime-Williams, M. (2019). Unintended Consequences: Exploring the Impact of Assessment on Institutional Change & Policy? American Educational Research Association, Annual meeting. Toronto, Canada.

Cogswell, C. & Betsinger, A. (2018). How the Grinch stole assessment and other stories. Paper presentation. Program to be presented at EAIR: The European Higher Education Society, Budapest, Hungary.

Betsinger, A., Cogswell, C., Borden, V. M. H., & Troilo, F. (2018). Do classifications and rankings improve or damage institutions? Paper presentation. Program to be presented at the EAIR: The European Higher Education Society, Budapest, Hungary.

Cogswell, C., & Goudzwaard, E. (2018). Defining what matters to faculty: Aligning programming by assessing needs. Paper presentation. International Consortium for Educational Development Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Goudzwaard, M., & Cogswell, C. (2018). Space matters: Designing Classrooms for Change. Paper presentation. International Consortium for Educational Development Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Cogswell, C., Henning, G., Jackson, M., & Lejter, N. (2018). Assessment Expert Panel. New England College Regional Assessment Conference, Henniker, NH.

Cogswell, C. (2018). Assessment 101 workshop. Pre-conference session. New England College Regional Assessment Conference, Henniker, NH.

Reports, Templates and Resources

Student Employee Impact Report

The Student Employee Impact Report [PDF] illustrates how working in the Division of Student Affairs benefits student employees.

DOSA Assessment Plan Template

The DOSA Assessment Plan Template [Word] can be used to create a departmental learning / assessment plan.

DOSA Assessment Workbook

The DOSA Assessment Workbook - 2019-20 [Word] can be used to plan out assessments for DOSA departments.
Please note this workbook is subject to updates. 

2019 Staff Climate Survey

Division of Student Affairs: Equity & Social Justice Climate Survey [Word]
Climate Survey Executive Summary [PDF]
Climate Survey Results [PPT]

Executive Summary & Action Plan Template

This Assessment Executive Summary & Action Plan Template [Word] will provide stakeholders a brief description of the assessment project, who was involved, who participated, and how the data was collected.

Guides

How to Make Data Informed Decisions

How to Make Data Informed Decisions [Word]

Program Review Guide

Program Review Guide [Word] 
Please note this guide is subject to updates.