W6 - Academic Affairs and Student Affairs: Real Collaboration and Real Results
Creating strategic and sustainable partnerships between student affairs and academic affairs is not easy work and extends beyond simply putting representatives in committee together to form a new initiative or intervention. This workshop examines salient change frameworks (Kezar, 2014) and how to enact change through an institutional culture mapping approach. Co-facilitators of this workshop will highlight approaches of how these frameworks can be operationalized on different campuses in light of structural and cultural aspects that foster or inhibit change. Workshop participants will engage in developing their own approaches to change through partnership models that align with organizational culture and help further bend their campuses toward equitable approaches toward student success.
Kevin Grant is the Director of Student Affairs Assessment & Research at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. In this role, he leads and consults across the division towards strategic alignment and effective assessment practices. This role provides a critical vantage point straddling the curricular divide with one foot in Student Affairs and the other in the Academic Affairs. Kevin is a sought-after speaker, consultant and strengths-based coach with research interests in institutional efficiency, strategic structures/planning and civility. He serves NASPA as the Region VI representative for the Assessment, Evaluation and Research Knowledge Community and is regularly involved in the accreditation work and educational programs of WSCUC. Additionally, Kevin serves as the assessment and research lead for WITH US: The National Center for Peer Accountability and author of the Bystander Intervention Benchmark Study. He has taught graduate research methodologies through Cal State Fullerton (most recently in Shanghai, China) and regularly presents in regional and national conferences. As a proud alumnus of the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy, he is honored to continue supporting and serving the assessment community.
Rebecca joined Loyola Marymount University as the Senior Director of Educational Effectiveness and Assessment in January of 2019. In her role, she oversees the Office of Assessment and serves as the university’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) for WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the regional higher education accrediting body.
Rebecca frequently presents at regional and national assessment conferences, leading conversations on topics such as engaging students in assessment and assessment as a social justice practice. One of her recent publications can be found in a special issue on Assessment and Social Justice: Pushing Through Paradox in the peer-reviewed journal New Directions for Institutional Research.
Prior to joining LMU, Rebecca served in the roles of Assistant Provost for Educational Effectiveness, Dean of Curriculum and Assessment, and Associate Professor of Education at Biola University. At Biola, she led a Faculty Assessment Fellows program that embraced best practices for faculty learning communities, and she launched a Student Assessment Scholars (SAS) program that trained and elevated undergraduate and graduate students to be change-makers in their university. The SAS program has since been replicated on other university campuses.
Rebecca earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, with a focus in Higher Education Administration, from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Economics from UC San Diego. She is also a proud graduate of the sixth cohort of the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy and currently serves as a mentor for the program. She regularly serves as a WSCUC accreditation evaluator, frequently as the assistant chair.