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

Workshop on Student-Led Focus Groups
Have you ever puzzled over how students interpreted questions on a survey? One of the best ways to make sense of assessment evidence is to have focus group conversations with students. And when students take the lead in conducting these conversations with their peers, they can learn things about the “why” and “how” behind the assessment evidence that faculty and staff might have a harder time discovering. We invite institutional teams of two faculty and/or staff and two students to join us for "Students Engaging Students to Improve Learning: Using Student-Led Focus Groups to Gather and Make Sense of Assessment Evidence,” a Teagle Assessment Scholar workshop at the Center of Inquiry at Wabash College on March 10–12, 2016. More>>

Call for Proposals – HEDS Annual Conference
The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) invites proposals to its 32nd Annual Conference in Asheville, North Carolina on June 26–29, 2016. This conference brings together people from small colleges and universities in an informal setting to present on and discuss topics related to assessment, institutional research, and institutional effectiveness. People at all points in their careers who are engaged in these areas, or who are in other ways using data to improve their institution’s effectiveness, are encouraged to submit a proposal.


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
Occasional essays and commentary for middle managers at colleges and universities who strive to use evidence to improve learning. Center of Inquiry Director Charles Blaich and Associate Director Kathleen Wise write about teaching practices that help develop student leadership. Read "Teaching to Lead" in Practitioners' Corner.


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