Designing Quality Rubrics for the Institution
Dr. Lance Tomei | former Director of Assessment, Accreditation & Data Management
University of Central Florida
This workshop includes a discussion on the value-added of high quality rubrics and when the use of rubrics is both appropriate and desirable. We will address basic rubric design strategies and the effect of intended usage on design characteristics. The workshop will recommend best practice rubric design philosophies and identify commonly observed rubric weaknesses to avoid. The attributes of high quality rubrics will be discussed and some examples of well-designed rubrics will be provided, including one that can be used to evaluate the quality of other rubrics.
Developing an Assessment Culture: Strategic Approaches to Faculty Development in Assessment
Dr. Donna Sundre | Emeritus Executive Director
Dr. Keston Fulcher | Executive Director
Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS), James Madison University
Assessment practice provides evidence of student learning outcomes, a vital component of all regional accreditors. Through quality assessment, academic programs can trust their results and make informed program changes. Developing a culture of assessment is difficult but possible through strategic faculty development initiatives. The presenters will describe a model for developing faculty expertise in assessment. By knowing where faculty members are in their understanding and practices of assessment, we can more strategically assist them and further build campus assessment culture. In addition to providing effective development strategies, we will ask attendees to discuss strategies and challenges at their institutions.
Transforming an Institution’s Culture of Assessment
Dr. Peter Jonas | Professor
Cardinal Stritch University
This workshop is designed to help individuals and groups learn how to systematically and in a practical (and fun) manner truly use assessment to develop a culture of continuous improvement. Dr. Peter Jonas has 30 years of experience in research, assessment, higher education, and more importantly how to integrate humor into systems development. He has served as a professor of research and as a High Learning Commission peer reviewer. Consequently, this workshop will attempt to merge the research behind assessment, the criteria of accreditation organizations, and practical solutions on how to really use the data to move the organization forward. Remember, Assessment is like sex: Everyone talks about it. Nobody really knows how to do it. Everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.