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Assessment Conference

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Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  



The Student Affairs Assessment Committee is currently accepting session proposals for the 2018 Assessment Conference. There are three session formats available: standard presentations, poster sessions, and a Pecha Kucha. More information on each format is listed below:

  • One hour presentations are 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. These sessions operate concurrent with other sessions. Presenters should plan for a 45-minute presentation and 15 minutes for Q/A. If selected, presenters will be provided with a projector and computer. 
  • Poster sessions could address any of the following topics: a description of an innovative assessment program, an analysis of a practical problem-solving effort, or results from a research or assessment project. Posters should be approximately 48x36in.
  • PechaKucha are short presentations (20 slides, 20 seconds each) that are intended to tell a story. This is great opportunity to tell the story of your data. For more information on the Pecha Kucha format visit:

Submit Your Proposal


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 session
  • Strategies for being present while conducting assessment and evaluation activities to improve quality of design and implementation
  • Presentation tracks for professionals with varied degrees of knowledge and experience with assessment.
  • A poster session that highlights examples of exemplar assessment work from campus departments.
  • Lunch time discussions with colleagues from across Student Affairs and other campus entities.
  • Assessment consulting services: bring a survey instrument and/or interview protocol and get feedback from assessment advisors.

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

Registration Information

Registration will open April, 2018. Cost will be $50/person (includes a lunch)


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