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Assessment Conference

Date: TBA  


Conference Schedule

Conference Presenters

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:

  • A keynote and featured presentation by Sarah Hansen, Assistant Vice President of Student Life at the University of Iowa
  • Strategies for being present while conducting assessment and evaluation activities to improve quality of design and implementation
  • Strategies for developing and assessing learning outcomes for core services and activities
  • Accessing campus and external resources to assist with assessment and evaluation
  • Discussion on improving assessment and identifying resources needed to improve assessment 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.

Benefits to Attending the Assessment Conference

  • Knowledge of the importance of conducting assessment
  • Knowledge of how to approach assessment activities with ease and confidence rather than fear and suspicion
  • Leaving the conference with at least one fully developed learning outcome and a strategy for assessing and reporting the learning outcome
  • Knowledge of where to go to access campus and external resources for support and assistance
  • Knowledge of how colleagues are approaching assessment and evaluation in their areas
  • Gaining a network of colleagues who can assist with assessment and evaluation activities
  • Promoting collegiality and professional development in Student Affairs

Professional Development Certificate
Each participant who completes the conference will receive a professional development certificate.


Other Student Affairs Assessment Options: