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Assessment Conference

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.

This conference is an interactive, practitioner-based, and typically includes:

  • Keynote address(es)
  • 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.
  • Lightning Talks are short presentations that are intended to tell a story about data.
  • 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.

Call for Proposals
The Call for Proposals is currently closed. Stay tuned for more information on when we are accepting submissions for the next Student Affairs Assessment Conference

Who Should Attend
Anyone with an interest in assessment/evaluation in co-curricular settings.  Although the conference is geared toward student affairs professionals at all career levels, faculty, academic administrators, and graduate students are also encouraged to attend. 

If you have additional questions about the Student Affairs Assessment Conference, please contact Alana Harris or Beth Hoag.