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Wednesday, June 6 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Identifying Problems in Assessment

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David Eubanks recently took what Erik Gilbert labeled a "courageous position that university administrators should emulate. In A Guide for the Perplexed, Eubanks argues that "the whole assessment process would fall apart if we had to test for reliability and validity. Discussing that statement in terms of the original article and related issues, this session outlines problems with current practices in assessment with regard to standards of statistics and measurement, faculty development, accreditation, and public policy. Eubanks will address issues of data quality. Next, Gilbert will explain why he and other faculty believe assessment is not only ineffectual but harmful to faculty, students, and institutions. Lynn Priddy will discuss ways in which current practices in assessment create barriers to innovation and will explain how the focus on compliance and accountability, versus learning, has distracted current practices in assessment from their very purpose, created a focus on "activity vs innovation, and eroded public trust in both accreditation and higher education. Bob Shireman will conclude by discussing how public policy debates led to the current state of affairs in assessment. Participants are invited to submit questions for the panelists electronically throughout the session. A follow-up session discussing potential futures will be offered.

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David Eubanks

Assistant VP for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, Furman University
David Eubanks holds a PhD in Mathematics from Southern Illinois University and currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness at Furman University. He has worked on the practical side of assessing student learning, including student writing... Read More →

Erik Gilbert

Erik Gilbert is a professor of history at Arkansas State University who specializes in 19th and 20th century East Africa and the western Indian Ocean. He is the author of Dhows and the Colonial Economy of Zanzibar (2004), Africa in World History (2004) now in its third edition and... Read More →

Lynn Priddy

Dr. Lynn E. Priddy serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer of National American University, an institution specifically working with the states, accreditors, and the US Department of Education to step in and serve displaced students when their colleges close. NAU absorbs these... Read More →

Robert Shireman

Robert Shireman is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation working on education policy with a focus on affordability, quality assurance, and consumer protections. He served in the Clinton White House as a Senior Policy Advisor to the National Economic Council and later for the Obama... Read More →
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Josie Welsh

Director - Institutional Effectiveness, Missouri Southern State University
Josie Welsh is a social psychologist who has worked both in faculty and administration at both large public and small private universities. Josie oversees assessment and institutional research and teaches senior thesis for the honors program at Missouri Southern. She serves on... Read More →

Wednesday June 6, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am MDT
Ballroom C