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Join us for free webinars focusing on different issues and skill development for assessment practitioners. AALHE members can access previous webinars in the Member Portal.

Collecting Information Meaningful to Your Institution: A Practical Accreditation Strategy

Encore session: Thursday, March 9, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern

Previously: Wednesday, January 25, 2017,  3:00-4:00 PM Eastern

The word "accreditation" often elicits a grimace when mentioned on campuses. It can be associated with countless hours spent retrieving information that has been forgotten or was stored on files that have been forgotten. It is not unusual for institutions to reflect on all the required standards only when an accreditation event is imminent. However, there is another way. This presentation will share a strategy designed to collect key initiatives that hold real meaning to your institution and create an evidence-rich log of reportable events. As the log grows, the institutional story of continuous improvement unfolds. Then when an accreditation event is pending, time can be spent analyzing the data collected to craft the institutional story, rather than searching for information. Perhaps, more importantly, this strategy establishes the process of documenting initiatives as a routine occurrence for the benefit of the institution, rather than strictly for an accreditation event. The technical tool employed for this webinar will be Microsoft SharePoint, a program that is readily available on most campuses. participants will be walked through the process of developing the site and asked to reflect on the key elements appropriate to document for their own campuses.


Jane Marie Souza, Ph.D., serves as the Assistant Provost for Academic Administration/Chief Assessment Officer, University of Rochester. A board member of AALHE, she is an editor for the organization's publication, Intersection. Dr. Souza has served on accreditation teams for multiple agencies including New England Association of Schools and colleges, Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation, Council for Pharmacy Education, and the Council on Podiatric Medical Education where she is also a member of the Council.


Answering Tough Questions: An Approach for Assessment Coordinators/Leaders

Friday, April 28, 2017, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern

Assessment coordinators/leaders need to think on their feet to answer faculty and campus administrators’ assessment-related questions. By having an effective, general approach to responding, they are more likely to give a well-delivered answer that bolsters their credibility and garners support. In this webinar, the presenters will describe an approach that includes the following: being student-centered, having context awareness, designing the physical space, listening, validating, attending to underlying values, responding authentically, and addressing resistance. The presenters will provide examples and resources.


Dr. Monica Stitt-Bergh, Associate Specialist, Assessment Office, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Dr. Becky Dueben, Tutor Coordinator & Special Projects Liaison, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture, Washington State University


Show Me The Learning!

Friday, March 31, 2017,  3:00-4:00 PM Eastern

The VALUE rubrics have emerged as a widely utilized foundation for direct assessment of student learning. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the VALUE rubrics approach, their development and rationale, while concentrating on how the rubrics are being used by institutions and consortia of campuses, and what results are emerging both within single institutions and nationwide.


Dr. Terrel Rhodes, Vice President, Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment and Executive Director of VALUE, AAC&U

Previous Webinars

AALHE members can access via the Member Portal.

  • Ethical Reasoning: Defining, Teaching, Assessing, by Drs. Bill Hawk and Keston Fulcher, April 2016
  • Engaging Faculty in the Assessment Process: Make it More About Teaching and Learning, by Dr. Catherine M. Wehlburg, April 2016
  • Recognizing Excellence in Campus Assessment: Using the Excellence in Assessment Designation for Self-Assessment, by Drs. Teri Lyn Hinds and Natasha Jankowski, March 2016
  • Implementation Fidelity Assessment: A Framework for Evidence-Based Decision Making, by Dr. John D. Hathcoat, Heather Harris, Madison Holzman, and Derek Sauder, January 2016
  • Easy Predictors: Quickly Explore Your Data to Find Trends, Relationships, and Predictors, by Dr. David Eubanks, December 2015
  • SharePoint As An Assessment Management Tool, by Drs. Jane Marie Souza and Keith Werosh, November 2015
  • Curricular Mapping: See the Alignment of Course, Program, and Institutional Data with Links to Evidence of Student Learning, by Valerie Landau and Jocelyn Shadforth, November 2015
  • Faculty Perspectives on Cultures of Assessment, by Dr. Matthew Fuller, October 2015
  • The Many Faces of Assessment: Strategies for Effective Assessment of Co-curricular Programs, by Dr. Jeremy Penn, September 2015
  • Building the Science of Learning Assessment, by Dr. David Dirlam, May 2014
  • How to Use Credit Hour Compliance to Forward Authentic Assessment, by Drs. Marsha Watson and Kathleen Gorski, February 2014
  • Faculty Engagement in Assessment Across Institutional Contexts, by Drs. Jeremy Penn and Catherine Wehlburg, September 2013

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