University Housing uses a comprehensive assessment model that includes the following types of assessment: tracking, needs assessment, satisfaction assessment, environment assessment, outcomes assessment, comparable institution assessment, national standards assessment, and cost effectiveness assessment.
The assessment plan is designed to:
University Housing uses the practical inquiry approach to assessment (v. formal research). Practical inquiry is conducted by practitioners in the field, results in improving/changing practice, is grounded in “sense making,” helps shape formal research, is not meant to be generalized, is conducted in the work environment, and is context driven (Yousey, 2007). Practical inquiry uses the following questions (Nesheim, Yousey & Timm, 2007):