Zach Clark, director of Student Activities
and Assessment for the Student Cooperative Association, presented an
educational session at the National Association for Campus
Activities national convention in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 18, 2018.
is a leader in higher education and provides educational opportunities
and resources to support student activities and campus life at American
colleges and universities.
His session, titled “The Tale of the ‘Messy
NSSE’: Using National Survey Instruments to Better Understand Students, Make Stronger Decisions, and
Share the Impact of our Work,” provided
participants with an overview of the National Survey of Student Engagement, as well as the ways in which institutions can best use the results from national survey instruments. It also highlighted the particularly strong research completed here at IUP by the Student Affairs Division Student Learning Outcomes Committee (SAD-SLOC), with assistance provided by the Applied Research Lab, regarding NSSE data and its impact on student affairs practice and longitudinal student trends.
The session supports a NACA Research and Scholarship Group study, which attempts to quantify how institutions utilize data from NSSE and identify best practices from across the country. RSG, as the research, scholarship, assessment, and evaluation committee of NACA, was convened to advance the research agenda of the association and to support scholarly endeavors in student activities and campus life. Clark has served as a member of the NACA RSG since 2016.
is a 2007 graduate from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania,
where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history education, and a 2009
graduate from IUP, where he earned his master’s degree in student
affairs in higher education. He has 14 years of experience in student
activities management and is currently celebrating his ninth year at IUP.