Strategic Initiatives & Assessment

Our mission

Cultivating a culture of assessment to create an exceptional Mizzou student experience, success and outcomes.Assessment Plan Model

Our purpose

  • Generate a culture where data is used to inform practices, guide decisions, and contribute to student success, learning, and development
  • Ensure we are being responsible stewards of our students’ and university resources
  • Validate program goals and outcomes are being met
  • Demonstrate our impact on the Mizzou student experience
  • Document our progress in relation to university strategic priorities
  • Improve our programs and services
Our Staff & Advisory Committee

Ashli Grabau

Ashli Grabau, M Ed

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Assessment

Molly Frank

Molly Frank

Coordinator of Assessment

Sarah Parsons

Sarah Parsons

Senior Research Analyst

Advisory committee


The Student Affairs Assessment Advisory Committee encourages and supports quality assessment in the division and with campus partners. The committee helps to facilitate the use of assessment results to improve our work and the overall mission of Student Affairs and Mizzou. The committee’s primary functions are to:

  • Serve as an Advisory Board to the Student Affairs Office of Strategic Initiatives and Assessment
  • Serve as assessment leaders in the division by supporting assessment initiatives
  • Review and synthesize assessment results from across division and department projects (including data from outside Student Affairs) to help understand the student experience; share actionable data with respective units, the division, and the campus that support the student experience, learning, and success
  • Evaluate student affairs assessment processes and policies and provide recommendations for improvement
  • Make recommendations regarding annual division-wide assessment projects
  • Assist in the development of communication tools to share and celebrate assessment results with the division, students, and the university community, as well as the student affairs field
  • Review and apply research literature, and best practices in our work
  • Engage in assessment research and assist in the development of assessment tools
  • Participate in on-going assessment trainings and make recommendations for staff trainings and resources regarding assessment

Committee members

  • Ashli Grabau, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Assessment, Division of Student Affairs
  • Sarah Parsons, Senior Research Analyst, Division of Student Affairs
  • Molly Frank, Coordinator for Assessment, Division of Student Affairs
  • Dong Ding, Research & Evaluation Coordinator, Missouri Partners in Prevention
  • Bryan Goers, Senior Coordinator for Student Engagement, Office of Student Engagement, Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs
  • Heath Immel, Director of Student Unions and Reservations, MU Operations
  • Tyler Page, Director of Residential Life, Division of Student Affairs
  • Amanda Roberts, Senior Manager Student Employment, MU Career Center
  • Stephen Byrd, Director of MizzouRec, Division of Student Affairs
  • Dale Sanders, Director of Campus Stores, MU Operations
  • Stacy Sarabia, Exam Coordinator, Disability Center, Division of Student Affairs
  • Kim Stonecipher, Training and Development Coordinator, Conference Coordinator, Campus Dining Services, MU Operations
  • Christy Hutton, Director of the Wellness Resource Center, Student Health and Wellbeing, Division of Student Affairs
  • Elisa Burkett, Assistant Director Clinical Operations, Student Health Center, Student Health and Wellbeing, Division of Student Affairs
  • Peyton Flewelling, Advocacy and Assessment Coordinator, Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center, Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
  • Charles Burgess, Psychologist, Counseling Center, Student Health and Wellbeing, Division of Student Affairs
Survey Resources
Strategic planning
  • Process and updates
  • The strategic planning process was paused in March 2020 to dedicate resources and attention to the COVID-19 pandemic.