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The purposes of the SACSA Research & Assessment Committee are to encourage scholarly inquiry in the college student affairs field; to provide current research and reports to the membership in a timely manner; and to coordinate the selection and awarding of the SACSA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Grant and the Dissertation of the Year Award. Both awards are presented at the annual conference awards and recognition luncheon.

Assessment, Evaluation, & Research Grants

Supported by the SACSA Foundation, via the generous donations of its membership, SACSA encourages scholarly inquiry among its membership by annually awarding small grants to help advance proposed assessment, evaluation, and research (AER) projects. Any individual or team may apply for these competitive grants. The average award granted to a single project is $500. However, the selection committee may choose to award funds more than this amount to grant proposals they feel are exceptional. Multiple AER grants may be awarded in a given year depending on the availability of funding and the discretion of the selection committee. Research grant awardee(s) are required to submit a status report to SACSA one year after receiving the funding and are encouraged to submit a conference proposal for the 2021 SACSA conference.

Click here for additional information about the 2020 AER Grant application process, including evaluation criteria, qualifications, application requirements, and submission guidelines. Grant proposals are due no later than August 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm (CST) and should be submitted via email attachment to Dr. Tiffany J. Davis, Chair of the SACSA Research and Assessment Committee, at Please make the subject of your e-mail submission “SACSA 2020 AER GRANT SUBMISSION.” You will receive an email to confirm receipt.


The Research & Assessment Committee is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2019 research grant competition:

  • Jason K. Wallace, University of Georgia, & Varselles L. Cummings, Texas A&M University - To Be Black and‘Quare’: ANarrativeCase Study Exploring the Undergraduate Experiences of TwoBlack Queer Men at Historically White Institutions in the South
  • Ashley McMillan, North Carolina State University - It’s More Than An Organization: Exploring the Role of Ethnic Student Organizations in Creating Culturally Engaging Campus Environments for Native American Students


Requests for SACSA Data

The Research & Assessment Committee is also responsible for approving requests to use SACSA information (e.g., membership lists) for advancing research projects. Please note the following requirements for such requests: The Research & Assessment Committee will review the study, the IRB, and make a decision on approving the study. Persons or groups who want to survey or use the SACSA membership list for research purposes should follow this protocol.

  1. Submit a written request (email) to the Research & Assessment Committee Chair. This request should include detailed information about the research study and the IRB approval form.
  2. This request is reviewed by the Research & Assessment Chair and committee.
  3. If the request is approved, the chair will submit the proposal to the VP for submission to the Executive Council (EC).
  4. The VP will forward the request to the EC with a motion to approve.
  5. The applicant will receive an official letter/email informing him/her of the final decision. This letter will include any associated costs (if applicable), the reason for denial or conditions of approval, and contact information for those involved in supporting the research.

Please submit the request, information regarding the research study, and IRB approval document to Dr. Danielle Molina.

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  • Opportunities for professional development;
  • Scholarship, research, and ethical practice; and
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