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Assessment Conference

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Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  


Conference Summary
In a time of increased accountability and limited resources, higher education professionals are expected to demonstrate value and outcomes of services, teaching, and activities designed to improve student performance inside and outside of the classroom. Assessment and evaluation can be used to substantiate the impact of services and improve practice.

The purpose of this conference is to provide participants with strategies that are easy to understand and implement in the assessment, evaluation, and reporting of their work. The conference is designed to help practitioners at all levels learn how to conduct assessment/evaluation and understand the importance of doing so for the purpose of improving practice.

The conference will be interactive, practitioner-based, and will include:

  • Keynote address by Dr. Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute

The Difference Student Affairs Makes: Telling the Learning Outcomes and Impact Story
Students gain valuable skills and knowledge through participation in co-curricular experiences. Yet, current accountability demands and increased interest in assuring quality learning has heightened expectations for institutions to demonstrate these outcomes. How do you know that your students are gaining valued skills and knowledge through co-curricular programs and services? Even more, how effectively are you communicating this learning outcomes story? This session will highlight the importance of evidence about the learning that results from student affairs activities and services and point out some practical approaches to communicating evidence and outcomes.

  • Concurrent breakout sessions designed to teach the audience a specific technique or skill (e.g. writing learning outcomes, designing a survey, etc.) or review current research/literature related to assessment or evaluation. There will be three sessions to choose from during each concurrent block.
  • Poster session from various campus units that address any of the following: a description of an innovative assessment program, an analysis of a practical problem-solving effort, or results from an assessment/research project.
  • PechaKucha are short presentations (20 slides, 20 seconds each) that are intended to tell a story.
  • Assessment consulting - participants are encouraged to bring a survey, interview questions, and/or an assessment plan and receive 1:1 feedback from assessment experts to improve your practice.


Who Should Attend
Student Affairs professionals (e.g., department heads, middle managers, academic professionals, assessment and evaluation practitioners), faculty, academic administrators, and graduate students.


If you have additional questions about the 2018 Assessment Conference, plesae contact Beth Hoag or Julia Makela.