Call for Proposals
2017 Assessment & Collaboration Conference
July 10, 11 & 12
Downtown Renaissance Hotel, Chicago
Each year, our Annual Conference provides a broad national framework and setting for approximately 300 higher education attendees — including presidents, provosts, accreditation and assessment directors, faculty, and policy leaders — to gain a deeper understanding of current research, trends, and innovative approaches in assessment.
High-quality assessment is essential to improving student learning. Through the use of both direct and indirect sources of evidence, assessments guide collective actions for improvements in teaching, academic supports, curricula, and student affairs programming. We believe an effective culture of assessment is built on a cooperative approach that focuses on student-centered learning. Within a culture of trust and shared responsibility, administrators and faculty — with participation from students, alumni and other stakeholders — develop and implement ongoing and systematic assessment strategies to understand what, how much, and how students learn in order to continuously improve learning outcomes. Our Conference focuses on the best, most successful ways, as well as lessons learned throughout the process of building such a culture.
Proposal topics should fall into one of the following tracks/topics:
• e-Portfolio Reflections: Developing Academic Identity & Self Image: How do you use reflection to encourage the development of academic and self-identity in your students? How have you implemented e-Portfolios in ways that have positively affected students and tracked their learning journeys, as well as encouraged the cultivation of learning communities? How are e-Portfolios helping students and institutions clarify, advance, and demonstrate outcomes?
• Planning for Assessment: Defining learning outcomes specific to a discipline, preparing and evaluating the quality of those assessment plans, and using results to guide improvements
• Best-practice examples of instructional/assessment practice to provide usable feedback, as well as measure core competencies and learning objectives
• Strategies for using the results of program-based assessment of outcomes: How are you collecting data on field experiences and outcomes-based learning? How are you using data to improve assessment plans and promote institutional advances in learning? What positive changes have you experienced to promote institutional advances toward continuous improvement?
• Innovative Practices for Student Learning and Student Success: How are campuses developing and implementing guided pathways to support student success from the first to the final year and for transfer students? What proof do we have that these programs are working? What practices are helping us understand student learning in ways that improve the educational experience of students? How do integrative learning experiences empower students? How does transparency in instruction lead to greater student learning?
• Technology, Digital Learning, and Student Success: How are digital learning practices transforming learning and contributing to improved student outcomes? How is technology promoting access to higher education? What is working and how do we know? How are digital learning opportunities being integrated across the majors?