Assessment Conference

May 16, 2024 | 9am-4pm | Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)


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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 consist of 50-minute Presentations/Workshops, Lighting Talks, a Poster Session, and a Keynote by Amelia Parnell on "You Are a Data Person". 


 You are a data person book cover

How to Register


Registration for the Student Affairs Assessment Conference is $50 for staff employed by Student Affairs at Illinois, and $100 for staff, faculty outside Student Affairs at Illinois. 

Registration closes May 6th at 11:59pm.


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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.


Program subject to change.



Conference Sessions and Presentations

Keynote Address

2024 - You are a Data Person, Dr. Amelia Parnell

2022 - Dr. Gianina Baker, Acting Director, National Institute for Learning 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

SESSION 1 (10:30-11:20am)

SESSION 2 (11:30-12:20 pm)

SESSION (1:30-2:20pm)

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 (2:30-3:30pm)

Short presentations that are intended to tell a story about data