Assessment efforts in the Division of Student Affairs focus primarily on student learning. In addition to ensuring that we are meeting the needs of students, our efforts are driven by our curiosity to know in what ways our programs and services help students to learn more about themselves and others, apply that learning, and integrate it into their lives. Assessment allows us to live into our Jesuit ideal of the magis, which orientates us to continually strive to be more.

This content was created to help all members of the division – from assessment beginners to those with advanced training and experience – gain the necessary skills to conduct assessment and use the results to tell the story of their work. Below, you'll find resources to get started on assessment, including templates, a user-friendly assessment cycle, workshop materials, and a link to Campus Labs, our assessment vendor. The division also has an assessment working group which consults with departments on assessment activities.

For more information, please contact Carrie Klemovitch ( or Melinda Stoops ( 



Workshops and Training

Available Assessment Workshops

Session 1: Fundamentals of Assessment I
This presentation briefly references learning outcomes and other preliminary aspects to assessment.

Session 2: Developing Learning Outcomes
This presentation breaks-open how to create and refine a program's learning outcomes. 

Session 3: Fundamentals of Assessment II
This presentation delves deeper into various methods and manners of assessement. 

Session 4: Facilitating Focus Groups
This presentaiton discusses best practices around forming and facilitating focus groups.

Other areas of training include:
Creative / non-traditional assessment methods
Assessment-related software
Focus groups
Survey design
Coding qualitative data
Assessment tools
Identifying and writing goals and objectives

Each department within the Division of Student Affairs has at least one member who serves as "Assessment Champions" on a division-wide assessment working group. These individuals help oversee assessment work within the division, and provide consultation on assessment projects, provide training to colleagues, and help troubleshoot assessment-related issues within and across departments. The champions are:  

Name Department
Andy Petigny             Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center          
Rachel Greenberg Career Center
Peter Kwiatek Student Conduct
Carole Hughes Graduate Student Life
Claire Ostrander Office of Student Involvement
Kier Byrnes Robsham Theater
Eileen Suhrhoff University Counceling Services
Theresa Barba University Health Services
Carrie Klemovitch Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Melinda Stoops Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Katie Dalton Women's Center
Andy Anderson Residential Life
Rebecca McCain Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Divisional Excellence Awards 2020-21

At the end of each academic year, an award ceremony is held to recognize the assessment and programming efforts across the division.

The four award categories are as follows:

Excellence in Performance
Excellence in Service to Students
Excellence in Communications
Graduate Assistant Awards

The Excellence in Performance awards recognize exceptional work in program effectiveness and innovation. These are evidence-based awards that can demonstrate that the program or service has contributed to student life at Boston College in a significant way. The Service to Students awards recognize extraordinary effort and good spirit within the division of student affairs to further our work with students. The Excellence in Communications awards recognize the efforts of an individual or department that go above and beyond in the promotion of a student program or campaign.  The deadline for nomination submissions is Monday, March 29 at 5:00 PM.

View Award Criteria and a listing of past recipients

Award Descriptions