Campus Labs Recognizes UMass Boston Student Affairs as a Rising Star at Annual Awards Program

Office of Communications | Wed Jan 9, 2019

Award Highlights Campus’s Innovative Approach in Assessment Work

The University of Massachusetts Boston’s Division of Student Affairs has been recognized by Campus Labs—a leading company that works with institutions to transform higher education through data and analytics—as a “Rising Star” at its annual awards program. The Campus Labs awards recognize institutions using the Campus Labs platform to drive genuine improvement and bold innovation on campus, from streamlining administrative processes to enhancing the overall student experience.

UMass Boston was one of only 17 campuses nationwide to receive awards for their assessment work.

“Assessment is critical to our work in Student Affairs.  It helps us determine our impact and effectiveness in the areas of student services, learning, growth, and development,” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Gail DiSabatino. “This award recognizes several years of work by our assessment committee and staff across our division to develop a culture of evidence and planning.  I am grateful for their effort.”

UMass Boston has been a Campus Labs member campus since 2011 when the university first adopted Engage (UMBeInvolved) on campus. For the past two years, Student Affairs has dedicated countless hours and resources to updating the division’s assessment work, focused on creating a new, data-centric division.

“The process included updating our learning outcomes, setting reporting periods, developing mission, vision, and goals for the division, and conducting an inventory of assessment practices and capability across all our departments,” said Michael Metzger, special assistant to the vice chancellor, who helped lead the assessment team. 

Student Affairs has used their Campus Labs tool set to assess their chancellor’s goals progress, to evaluate the U-ACCESS intake process, to complete new student orientation program evaluations, do summative assessment of the First-Year Leadership Institute, complete formative assessments with students and staff, and to create a security and building use survey.  The division is also in the process of developing rubrics for student employees and measurement of student learning using divisional learning outcomes.  In the spring, Student Affairs will administer a campus-wide student survey to measure change on a number of key student indicators such as engagement and awareness about resources. 

Each of Campus Labs’ more than 1,400 member campuses is eligible for awards in five categories: All Star, Rising Star, Trailblazer, Collaborator and Champion—with each category recognizing campuses or individuals in different stages of implementing projects across campus. In recognition of their achievements, winners were awarded educational grants and prizes, including funds to further advance the successful adoption and impact of Campus Labs tools on campus.

“This awards program allows us to recognize our member campuses not just for the efforts they make, but also the impact they have demonstrated,” said Annemieke Rice, Vice President for Campus Success at Campus Labs. “Their focus, creativity and commitment to excellence have improved the quality of education for students, enhanced the effectiveness of resource utilization, and helped bring together faculty and staff across campus to make meaningful and sustainable change. It is incredibly rewarding to me and the entire Campus Labs team to see UMass Boston recognized for their work.”

Read more about the Campus Labs award program and all winning submissions at https://www.campuslabs.com/awards/.

About UMass Boston
The University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city’s history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 10 colleges and graduate schools serve more than 16,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit www.umb.edu.

About Campus Labs
Founded in 2001, Campus Labs partners with more than 1,400 colleges and universities to break down institutional silos and make valuable connections with their data. Campus Labs provides a comprehensive platform that allows institutions to build strong foundations for unified information, gain valuable insights and make better, actionable decisions. With a focus on analytics and insight, improvement and accountability, teaching and learning, retention and success, and student engagement, our mission is to empower institutions to transform higher education through the use of data. To learn more, visit www.campuslabs.com.