Making Assessment Work for Your Institution and Your Students

A Teagle Assessment Scholar workshop at the Center of Inquiry at Wabash College

We hosted a workshop on October 23–25, 2015 for people who wanted to kick-start, reboot, fine-tune, or extend an assessment project at their institutions. We were pleased to have 15, one- to five-person teams from a variety of schools and backgrounds working independently and together to develop a plan that could be implemented on their campuses when they returned. The teams came from Adrian College, Baldwin Wallace University, Beloit College, Butler University, Cornell College, DePauw University, Earlham College, Fontbonne University, McDaniel College, Rhode Island School of Design, St. Vincent College, Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the University of Saint Francis, and the University of Scranton.

Many groups focused on general education assessment projects, and others worked on departmental assessment, first-year programs, NSSE data on academic challenge, academic advising, and diversity experiences/inclusivity. Teagle Assessment Scholars David Blair (St Edward’s University), Frank Boyd (Illinois Wesleyan University), Lori Dawson (Worcester State University), Tim Doherty (Rivier College), Shari Ellertson (Boise State University), Ruth Sullivan (Community College of Rhode Island), and our Center of Inquiry staff provided support and guidance during the workshop.

Paula Haines, director of assessment at UMass Lowell, said of the workshop, “I came away with insight into my own work and into the work of others both from the Teagle Scholars and from the fellow participants. It was a luxury to be able to take in so many perspectives and voices, and to be able to apply ideas right then and there, trying out solutions, weighing options, and, more than anything, getting that critical distance (mentally and geographically) from my campus."

See agenda and list of participants.