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(AEFIS) Lightning Talk Series— Author Spotlight: “Exemplars of Assessment in Higher Education—Diverse Approaches to Addressing Accreditation Standards”
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Category: Other Events

For more information, visit AEFIS Academy. Lightning Talks are short, targeted presentations that provide insight into best practices, challenges, and successes in assessment. Listen in as some of the greatest minds and thought leaders share authentic assessment processes, continuous improvement stories, and innovative approaches toward lifelong learning and student success.

Institutions are keenly engaged in instructional improvement and planning aimed at providing clear goals to move their institutions ahead in their quest for effectiveness in teaching and learning. Yet, when it comes to preparing self-studies for program review or accreditation, many colleges and universities struggle to understand precisely what is being asked for by accreditors. Institutional leaders and authors, Dr. Jane Marie Souza and Dr. Tara Rose, synthesizes the answers to these questions and answers from 24 institutions across the United States, Australia, and Guam suggested specifically by their accreditation agency because of their effective assessment approaches and contributions to assessment literature. This session will provide you with an overview of their journey toward the publication of their new book, Exemplars of Assessment in Higher Education: Diverse Approaches to Addressing Accreditation Standards unpacking key elements, best practices examples, and future opportunities to adapt these models and strategies at your institution.


Dr. Jane Marie Souza, Associate Provost for Academic Administration, University of Rochester

Jane Marie Souza, PhD serves as the Associate Provost for Academic Administration and Accreditation Liaison Officer at the University of Rochester. Dr. Souza has served on accreditation teams for multiple agencies including New England Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and Council on Podiatric Medical Education, where she was a member of the Council 2016-2019.  Dr. Souza, the 2019-2020 president of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education,  has served as an assessment consultant for institutions across the country, offering workshops on the use of technology in the classroom, mapping curricular outcomes, and meeting accreditation standards through effective assessment.  She has presented at conferences including the Association for Institutional Research, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (keynote), Drexel Assessment Conference (keynote), Assessment Institute in Indianapolis (section keynote), Texas A&M, and Association for Medical Education in Europe. 

Dr. Tara Rose, Director of Assessment, Louisiana State University

Dr. Tara Rose is the Director of Assessment at Louisiana State University. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrators, she leads academic quality efforts at the course, program, and university levels that reflect current trends and best practices in higher education. Tara has over twenty years’ experience in assessment and outcomes analyses.  Prior to LSU, her background includes working at the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and spent ten years as an adjunct faculty and facilitator at Eastern Kentucky University in the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Rose also serves as a Senior Fellow with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and a Board Member with the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE).