Student Affairs Assessment Resources

The following resources are in place to enhance Student Affairs departments’ assessment efforts:

Campus Labs

UIC Student Affairs has partnered with Campus Labs to enhance and support our assessment approach through the use of two of their products. Campus Labs is the leading platform and service provider for assessment in higher education providing specialized, comprehensive assessment tools that combines elements of data collection, reporting, organization, and integration to assess student experiences. The two platforms UIC Student Affairs utilizes are Baseline and Compliance Assist.

Baseline is an online, integrated and coordinated assessment platform for surveys, benchmark studies, rubrics, and student response tools. Within Baseline there are three components:

  • Online Surveys. Baseline assists in collecting data through online surveys and mobile survey devices. Basic analysis is automated in the reports feature using descriptive statistics (e.g. counts, percentages and means). If you want to administer an online survey, please contact Mark Manderino to discuss your plans.
  • Student Response System. The Student Response Tool is a formative assessment tool that will allow you to embed quick, direct measures of learning into workshops, trainings, and other learning experiences. With the Student Response System, you can create a short quiz or pulse survey that students respond to on their mobile device, tablet, or laptop. Results are viewable instantly, allowing you to get a climate reading on how well students are learning, their attitudes or opinions toward a topic, allowing you to make adjustments to the content or style of your workshop right away,and offer an engaging opening for conversation. To learn more about the Student Response System Tool access this How-To-Guide.
  • Rubrics are a qualitative evaluative tool that contain criteria and expectations, quality definitions for those criteria at particular levels of achievement over a continuum, and a scoring strategy. Rubrics can help communicate expectations and levels of performance for students, but primarily serve as a means to rate a student’s work or demonstration of a skill through a consistent and systematic way. The rubrics function in Baseline has both pre-formated rubrics from national projects and studies, as well as the ability for staff to create their own rubric. To learn more about the rubrics tool access this Campus Labs Rubrics Tutorial. Campus Labs Rubrics Tutorial.

Compliance Assist is our online planning and reporting platform that for annual reporting purposes. This tool is available for department’s to track and report on goals and key performance indicators related to their key programs and services.

To access these tools visit and use your UIC credentials.
Permission to access either Baseline or Compliance Assist must be granted.  Please contact Mark Manderino for more information.

Campus Labs Webinars and Trainings Calendar

Campus Labs also hosts a number of webinars and recorded trainings that are very informational.

UIC Resources

Office of Institutional Research

The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) is the official data source for student data on enrollment, retention, graduation rates, as well as institutional surveys and internal data requests and reports.

Office of Programs and Academic Assessment

The Office of Programs and Academic Assessment (OPAA) is one of the units in the Office of the Vice Provost for Planning and Programs (VPPP). One of the responsibilities of OPAA is to coordinate and support two processes of campus-wide assessment of student learning: degree program assessment and general education assessment.

Survey Research Lab

The Survey Research Laboratory offers webinars on survey research methodology each spring and fall. The series is open to all University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students.


External Resources

NASPA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community

NASPA’s Knowledge Communities provide access to information and resources in a particular subject area, connecting members and facilitating the sharing of knowledge.  The NASPA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community encourages and supports student affairs professionals as they assess learning, evaluate programs, and research theory and practice.

ACPA Assessment, Skills, and Knowledge Standards

This brochure outlines assessment content standards from ACPA’s Commission for Assessment for Student Development.

CAS- Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) provides both General Standards and Learning and Developmental Outcomes to guide practitioners in improving programs and services with the goal of enhancing the quality of student learning and development.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) provides resources and tools to assist with the discovery and adoption of promising practices in the assessment of college student learning outcomes.