LGBTQIA Support and IUP Health Service are joint
recipients of the 2016 David A. DeCoster Excellence in Assessment Award.
Now in its seventh year, the annual award recognizes an outstanding
assessment project completed by one or more members of the Student Affairs
Division during the prior academic year.Tedd Cogar received the DeCoster Award for the Ally
Development Training Project, which used a pretest and post-test exercise that
focused on LGBTQIA ally development terms as a way of engaging attendees and
measuring student learning that had occurred at training. Fall assessment results were also used to
refine spring Ally Training to address a need for increased knowledge in gender
and sexual orientation terminology and comprehension.
Jeanne Shoulders and Melissa Dick received the DeCoster Award
recognition on behalf of IUP Health Service for closing the assessment loop by
using the findings from an anonymous survey to establish low-cost HIV testing,
counseling, education, intervention, and referral for treatment (if necessary)
at IUP Health Service.
The annual award was presented during the Division of
Student Affairs Assessment Workshop on Friday, October 21. The workshop
featured guest speaker Dr. Terry Rhodes, who discussed Student Affairs
Best Practices in Data-Driven Decision Making.