Community of Practice

According to cognitive anthropologists, Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, Communities of Practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and meet regularly together to learn how to do it better. To support the professional development process at Student Affairs, ongoing Community of Practice (COP) training and work group sessions are offered on a monthly basis. The topics vary to include assessment training and preparation for the annual report. All staff is welcome to attend, bring their tech devices and assessment questions and ideas.


Community of Practice Working Sessions Dates


Wednesday June 27th
This session, Strategic Planning Becomes Assessment, will be held from 10:45 to 12 PM at the Multipurpose Room in the Student Resource Building. This interactive session will explore and understand current data from the recent division-wide appreciative inquiry processes which led to the development of the Student Affairs Strategic Plan. We will discuss implications for how we will determine department priorities and measure success in the years to come.

Wednesday July 25th
This session, Student Affairs: Next Steps, will be held from 10:45 to 12 PM at the Multipurpose Room in the Student Resource Building. Each year this initiative evolves with a great feedback and idea session; we look forward to your thoughts about what's working and what would improve Student Affairs assessment at UCSB. Discussion starters include the Annual Report process/theme for next year, data inventories, Community of Practice sessions you'd like to see, etc.

Wednesday November 14th
This session topic will be announced at a later date. Please check back for details. It will be held from 10:45 to 12 PM at the Multipurpose Room in the Student Resource Building.

Wednesday December 19th
This session, Faculty Survey Data with Mark Shishim will be held from 10:45 to 12 PM at the Multipurpose Room in the Student Resource Building.