Director of Assessment and Planning Emily Braught wins Outstanding Early Career Professional award


"Data is a flashlight, not a hammer." This is the metaphor Director of Assessment and Planning Emily Braught uses when describing her work within Student Affairs. In less than one year within the role, Braught has used her metaphorical flashlight to help staff succeed.

Through evaluating the assessment culture of the division, developing strategies to advance that culture and providing strategic analysis on the Student Affairs Staff Engagement and Climate Survey,  Braught has been able to shine a light on the successes and effectiveness of our programs and services while also pinpointing opportunities for growth.

The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Assessment and Evaluation awards committee recognized Braught’s innovative assessment practices and impact on campus programs and presented her with the Outstanding Early Career Professional award. This award is given to a new professional who has made signification contributions to the field of Student Affairs and evaluation.

"This award is special to me because CAE is comprised of other Student Affairs assessment professionals. These are people who may not understand my campus context, but do understand the scope of and tasks involved," said Braught.

"I’ve really enjoyed my time in the position and am looking forward to continuing to improve how we evaluate, assess and highlight divisional services."