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Assessment Workshops and Conferences

Workshops and conferences on outcomes assessment were useful—and continue to be—as a way for faculty to learn about good assessment practice and sharing information on best practice. A list of local and national workshops and conferences are listed—many with links to the conference/workshop website.

  • Assessment Institute, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 317-274-4111.
    "The Assessment Institute in Indianapolis is the nation's oldest and largest event focused exclusively on Outcomes Assessment in Higher Education and is designed to provide opportunities for: individuals and campus teams new to outcomes assessment to acquire foundation knowledge about the field; individuals who have worked as leaders in outcomes assessment to extend their knowledge and skills; those interested in outcomes assessment at any level to establish networks that serve as sources of support and expertise beyond the dates of the Institute."
  • Assessment Network of New York
    “ANNY was formed in the summer of 2010 by higher education professionals representing the State University of New York (SUNY), the City University of New York (CUNY), and New York’s private colleges and universities. The group’s primary objective was to create a state-wide network to stimulate dialogue and the exchange of ideas related to assessment across institutions and to provide support and resources to those committed to meaningful assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness.”
    “The mission of ANNY is to advance the quality assessment of institutional effectiveness and to enhance the success of institutions of higher education and their students in New York State. ANNY works toward achieving this mission by:
    • Providing its members with exposure to best practices and emerging trends in assessment through conferences, newsletters, workshops, and other means
    • Creating networking opportunities for its members
    • Facilitating cost-effective professional development and consultation opportunities”
  • New England Educational Assessment Network (NEEAN)
    The mission of NEEAN is "to promote quality assessment of student learning and development and thus to enhance the effectiveness of institutions of higher education." This group shares information on assessment methods, problems and successes in higher education. It also plans conferences, makes available a referral directory and manages an on-line discussion group.
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
    AAC&U sponsors a variety of continuing programs-meetings, workshops, and summer institutes for campus teams-that bring together college educators from across institutional types, disciplines, and departments. AAC&U activities nurture the talents and creativity of higher education's current and future leaders. Attendees of recent meetings have described them as powerful and transformative-providing participants with innovative ideas and practices, and shaping the direction of their educational reform efforts. At least one annual meeting is devoted to assessment.
    • 2017 General Education and Assessment: Design Thinking for Student Learning
      This conference “will focus on how educators throughout all sectors of higher education can address these and other issues by designing, implementing, and evaluating high-quality general education pathways that are effective for all students—especially those from traditionally underserved groups. Conference participants will examine how faculty members and all campus educators are being supported and rewarded for innovative work and leadership in designing new approaches to teaching and learning that prepare today’s students to be active participants in our nation’s democracy and to succeed in an ever-changing global society.”
  • ABET sponsored meetings and workshops
    • Program Assessment Workshops are one-day workshops, led by “highly experienced professionals with wide-ranging experience in assessment and evaluation” which provide essential tools and guidance for implementing a successful assessment process.
    • Institute for the Development of Excellence in Assessment Leadership (IDEAL): "IDEAL provides a professional development opportunity for those responsible for leading their faculty in the development and implementation of a program assessment plan to improve student learning and document program effectiveness."
  • NASPA Assessment & Retention Conference
  • New Mexico Higher Education Assessment & Retention Conference, sponsored by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, "Assessment in a Time of Tight Budgets". 
    "The NMHEAR Conference provides an opportunity for faculty, staff and administrators to share ideas about assessment and retention initiatives that promote student success. This is a single conference with tracks on both assessment and retention, as well as tracks of combined interest. Pre- and Post Conference Workshops are offered."
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education