The Center of Inquiry is dedicated to using evidence to strengthen liberal arts education for all students at all institutions.


The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) invites you to attend the 31st Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon on June 13–17. This conference brings together people in an informal setting to present on and discuss topics related to assessment, institutional research, and institutional effectiveness. Participants from all colleges and universities are welcome—you do not have to be from a HEDS institution or be an institutional researcher to attend this conference. Book your hotel room before May 22 to get the conference rate.



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Assessment Support

With generous support from the Teagle Foundation and the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Center of Inquiry collaborates with faculty and staff at colleges and universities to build and strengthen the capacity of assessment programs to gather and use evidence to improve student learning. More>>


Practitioners' Corner

Listen to a conversation with three campus assessment/faculty development leaders about some of the points raised in our essay Knowing About vs. Knowing How and about their experiences creating effective faculty development programs to improve teaching and learning. Find out more on the Practitioners' Corner, occasional essays and commentary for middle managers at colleges and universities who strive to use evidence to improve learning.