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Aligning Assessments with Institutional Priorities

AEFIS Academy Community Event


Dr. Greg King

Research Scientist


Dr. Joe Levy

Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation

National Louis University

Kristi Eck

Chief of Staff/Executive Director of Strategic Planning & Project Development

SUNY College at Oswego

Dr. Matt Starcke

Director of Assessment, Student Affairs

Duke University

March 29, 2022 @ 2:00 PM 3:00 PM EDT

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Campuses are rich with information about student learning, faculty contributions, and facilities for student success. And there are different shepherds of these data points, from student affairs practitioners to academic program directors to students themselves. From self-studies to program review, designing an overarching assessment plan linked to outcomes to present data to internal and external stakeholders is essential. This form of strategic planning and assessment can unify processes at the college, department/unit, and course/co-curricular level and give visibility to instructors, administrators, and other leaders’ impact on student success.

This panel of practitioners from public and private institutions moderated by a data analyst from Northwest Evaluation Association will share out their methodologies for making student learning visible by leveraging the symbiotic relationship between planning and assessment to ensure measurable, specific, and actionable strategic plan efforts.

Session Outcomes

  1. Determine the importance of aligning assessments with institutional priorities.
  2. Align assessment initiatives with your strategic vision
  3. Identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that measure your institution’s progress toward strategic outcomes.
  4. Consider the role of technology in reporting important outcomes for your organization.


Dr. Greg King, Research Scientist, NWEA

Gregory King is a research scientist for a larger education non-profit where he uses quantitative methods to research college and career readiness, policies that impact higher education access and success, and the K-12 to higher education pipeline. Additionally, he has a focus in creating data visualizations that make research relevant, understandable, and actionable for educators, administrators, and policymakers. Prior to his current role Dr. King worked as a higher education practitioner in a variety of roles at institutions ranging from large urban community college systems to Research I institutions and public regional universities across the country. He has a passion for using assessment and data to create a more equitable and accessible education eco-system. On a personal note Greg is an avid hiker, excited girl dad, and fan of all Chicago and Portland, Oregon sport franchises. Dr. King holds a master’s degree in higher education from Colorado State University and a PhD in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Joe Levy, Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation, National Louis University

Dr. Joseph D. Levy, serves as the Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation at National Louis University in Chicago, IL. Joe earned a BA in English from Baldwin-Wallace College, an MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from National Louis University. Joe is a member of the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) Board of Directors, co-creator and instructor for the Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs open course, and endorsed speaker for the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Author, presenter, trainer, and consultant, Joe enjoys leveraging his academic and student affairs experience from multiple institutional types to talk assessment, quality assurance, and institutional betterment.

Kristi Eck, Chief of Staff/Executive Director of Strategic Planning & Project Development, SUNY College at Oswego

​As Chief of Staff/Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Project Development, Kristi's primary areas of focus include strategic planning, legislative affairs, and institutional-wide accreditation. Her key responsibilities include overseeing the annual performance tracking of the college’s strategic plan, managing state and federal government relations, and serving as the college's Accreditation Liaison Officer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and as the Co-Chair of SUNY Oswego's MSCHE Self-Study report. In addition, NPR member station WRVO, Public Media, licensed to the State University of New York, reports to Kristi. Prior to coming to SUNY Oswego in Fall 2013, Kristi was the Education Program Director for the Syracuse, NY chapter of Say Yes to Education. In that role, Kristi designed and implemented college access and retention programs in collaboration with Syracuse City School District leaders and partner colleges across Central New York.

Dr. Matt Starcke, Director of Assessment, Student Affairs, Duke University

Matt Starcke is the Director of Assessment for Student Affairs at Duke University, a role held since fall 2019.  In this role, he works closely with colleagues from across Student Affairs and the university community connecting unit-level assessment initiatives to broader, campus-wide narratives.  Prior to joining Duke, Matt worked as a student affairs practitioner at a number of diverse institutions, and spent time at RTI International working with large-scale, post-secondary surveys.  Matt lives with his family in North Carolina where he enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking, or backpacking, or lounging about indoors watching Liverpool and Texas A&M.

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