Creating strategic and sustainable partnerships between student affairs and academic affairs is not easy work and extends beyond simply putting representatives in committee together to form a new initiative or intervention. Dr. Kevin Grant from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and Dr. Rebecca Hong from Loyola Marymount University will lead a presentation about change and institutional culture that highlights approaches to more effective partnerships.
Kevin T. Grant is the director of Student Affairs Assessment and Research at California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo. In this role, he leads and consults across the division towards strategic alignment and effective assessment practices. This role provides a critical vantage point straddling the curricular divide with one foot in Student Affairs and the other in the Academic Affairs. Additionally, Kevin teaches Assessment & Research courses in Cal Poly’s Higher Education Counseling & Student Affairs (HECSA) graduate program. Lastly, he leads the national survey director for WITH US: The National Center for Peer Accountability and co-author of the Bystander Intervention Benchmark Study.
He is a sought-after speaker, assessment/research/strategic planning consultant and strengths-based coach with research interests in institutional efficiency, strategic structures/planning and civility. Dr. Grant serves NASPA as the National Co-Chair (elect) for the Assessment, Evaluation and Research Knowledge Community. He is regularly a presenter at national and regional Student Affairs conference and is regularly involved in the accreditation work and educational programs of WSCUC. He is a proud alumnus part of the faculty within the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy specializing in student affairs and co-curricular assessment.
Rebecca C. Hong is the Senior Director of Educational Effectiveness and Assessment at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and leads assessment, accreditation, and change efforts focused on advancing equitable learning environments. Her work is centered around examining voice and power in spaces, and constructing new ways to partner with students around learning assessment and equity in higher education. Prior to joining LMU, Rebecca has served as Assistant Provost for Educational Effectiveness, Dean of Curriculum and Assessment, and Associate Professor of Education. She earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, with a focus in Higher Education Administration, from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Economics from UC San Diego. She is also a proud graduate of the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy (Cohort VI) and continues to serve the WSCUC region on accreditation teams and as an ALO.
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