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Assessment Project

CHAS is currently engaged in two assessment projects. 

The first is a revision and repetition of a CHAS student survey completed in 2003.  This project is being led by James J. Hughes, Associate Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Trinity College, and the committee includes Rolando Arroyo-Sucre, Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity at Bucknell University, Gretchel Tyson, Director of Affirmative Action and Community Outreach at Union College, and Jerry Rackoff, Assistant Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research at Bucknell University.

Given the small size of our colleges and universities, it is often difficult to draw statistically valid conclusions about the programs or institutional characteristics that foster high achievement and success.  By combining our data and performing collective analysis the result should be a more reliable interpretation of trends and will serve as a baseline against which to measure progress towards accomplishment of each college‚Äôs goals, as well as those of the Consortium.  

     The group plans to produce a comparative audit which will keep each institution focused on steps needed to ensure the success of students of color.   Data will be kept confidential.

The second project is a self-assessment of CHAS goals, objectives and outcomes, which is being prepared for CHAS presidents.  It is being led by Gavin Henning, Director of Student Affairs Planning, Evaluation, and Research at Dartmouth College, and the committee consists of  Sue Layden, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Skidmore College, Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Director of the Office of Intercultural Affairs at Bryn Mawr College, and Edward Pittman, Associate Dean of the College of Vassar.


The previous assessment projects undertaken by CHAS are the following:

2002   Collection of biodemographic data from IPEDS with participation
    from 26 members

2003   Collection of institutionally generated academic data with  
    participation from 20 members

2003    Survey of students of color satisfaction and comparative analysis     
             with participation from 19 members

2004    Inventory of multicultural programs and practices with participation       
     from 23 members

2005    Two campuses developed an Equity Scorecard



Barnard College | Bates College | Bryn Mawr College | Bucknell University | Clark University |
Colby College  Colgate University | College of the Holy Cross | | Dartmouth College |
Geneseo (SUNY)  
Hamilton College | Haverford College | Mount Holyoke College | Pomona College
| Reed College | Sarah Lawrence College | Skidmore College | Smith College | Swarthmore College |
Trinity CollegeUnion College | University of the South | Vassar College | Wellesley College |
  |  Wheaton College |