Assessment and professional development are integrated into one department in order to advance individuals within our organization and our division as a whole. We are committed to continuous improvement, which is why we have worked with our colleagues across the division to build departmental assessment capacity. Our team works with all departments and units within Student Affairs to develop goals and outcomes aligned with our division-wide learning domains. We consult with colleagues on how to best measure these outcomes and make data-informed decisions. We also support departments in strategic planning and program review process. We assist with university accreditation, and provide leadership to several efforts to help our colleagues better understand the student experience here at SMU.
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Performance Appraisal Process
The SMU Division of Student Affairs performance appraisal process and evaluation tool are designed to provide staff and supervisors with a transparent, fair, and actionable mechanism by which all staff can continually develop and improve. The process is founded on the division's professional excellence expectations and is aligned with institutional human resource policies and procedures.
Staff "How-to" Series
The Professional Excellence Committee regularly develops new content for the "How-to" series which delivers relevant, succinct, and informative content designed to make Student Affairs staff's jobs easier. Examples include step-by-step details in the process for utilizing electronic postings and an overview of all student affairs spaces available for reservation.
Professional Development Fund
The Student Affairs professional development fund is open to all full-time and part-time fully benefited staff within the division. Staff members are encouraged to review their professional development interests with their supervisors annually and submit funding requests for experiences and opportunities that will bolster their professional development within the field.