With the recognition of the integral role of student affairs in student education, and with stakeholders requiring increasing accountability at a time of tight resources, it has become imperative that staff be familiar with and competent in undertaking assessment. This book provides student affairs staff with the grounding they need to integrate assessment into how they design and monitor the programs, services, and activities they create to contribute to students' development.This book is intended both as a text for student affairs and higher education masters programs, and as a practical guide for early career staff who have had little formal preparation in assessment. It can be used for self-study or in professional development workshops. For divisions, departments, or units getting started with assessment, the discussion questions at the end of the chapters can engage staff in the process of developing an effective assessment culture.This book provides a thorough introduction to all aspects of assessment, assuming no prior knowledge, and illustrated throughout with examples of application in student affairs settings. Key elements include:Takes into account the latest standards and competencies defined by AAC&U, ACPA, AER, CAS, NASPA, and othersIntroductory and comprehensiveProvides essential background and theoryCovers preparation, planning and designDescribes the full range of assessment methodsIntroduces principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative analysisGuidance on using and sharing resultsAddresses cultivating and sustaining a culture of assessmentConsiders ethical and political concernsCovers use of technologyIllustrated throughout by examples of practice in student affairs.