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Strategic Planning & Assessment Workshop

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Linda Eaton and Director of Student Development Michelle Combs at the Assessment Workshop.

The Office of Strategic Planning & Assessment held an Assessment Workshop on April 25, 2019, at the College Terrace that featured engaging presentations and breakout sessions to faculty, staff, administrators, and invited guests. The half-day workshop titled “Assessment: Embracing Inclusion and Excellence” began with opening remarks by Associate Provost Laurel M. Garrick Duhaney and Assistant Provost Deb Gould.

The workshop included six presentations by faculty, staff, and administrators:

  • “First-Generation Students: Barriers and Strategies to Foster Their Success in College” by Associate Professor of Psychology Corwin Senko
  • “Responding to University Goals Through Program Initiatives and Assessment” by Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Linda Eaton and Director of Student Development Michelle Combs
  • “Developing Program Goals and Learning Outcomes” by Davina Vora
  • “Designing Effective Rubrics” by Assistant Dean of the School of Education Sunny Duerr
  • “Using Institutional Research Data to Shed Light on Academic Momentum and Disadvantage-Associated Disparities in Higher Educational Attainment” by Associate Professor of Psychology Greta Winograd
  • “Assessing Student Success in Gateway Courses” by Associate Professor and Biology Chair Jennifer Waldo

After the presentations, attendees broke into groups facilitated by workshop presenters. Groups then shared key points with all attendees from their discussions. A survey conducted after the workshop revealed that attendees found the workshops very useful. Participants noted that in addition to the workshops themselves, learning about assessment and research occurring on campus as well as making connections with colleagues and campus community members was extremely valuable. Participants expressed a desire for similar workshops in the near future.