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Tuesday, June 5 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Meta-Assessment: A Blueprint for Evaluating Programmatic Effectiveness

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Assessment is becoming ubiquitous across higher education. As institutions commit more time into developing assessment processes, it is vital to determine the quality of these processes. The evaluation of assessment processes, known as meta-assessment, can be a challenging task. The purpose of this skill-building session is to provide participants a blueprint for engaging in program-level meta-assessment to gauge the quality of their academic degree program assessment processes. Assessment quality is a vital component in the use of assessment for improved student learning and change.
The session will start with an overview of meta-assessment, as practiced at our university (hereafter, the University). Participants should have an introductory knowledge of program-level assessment. Most of the session will be active learning, with little lecture. Participants will evaluate the effectiveness of an actual academic program's assessment process. Each participant will be provided with a truncated copy of a University program's assessment report. With support from the presenters, participants will use a meta-assessment rubric to provide ratings for each aspect of the program's assessment process. The session will conclude with a discussion of the impact of the meta-assessment process, including faculty engagement, increases in programmatic assessment quality, and assessment quality in the learning improvement process.


Allison Ames

James Madison University
Dr. Allison Ames is an assistant assessment specialist in the Center for Assessment and Research Studies and an Assistant Professor at James Madison University in the department of Graduate Psychology. Dr. Ames is also coordinator of the Quantitative Psychology Concentration within... Read More →

Tom Waterbury

James Madison University
Tom is a doctoral student in the Assessment and Measurement program at James Madison University. Along with his coursework, Tom assists academic programs with all phases of their assessment process. His current research is on student engagement in higher education and statistical... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm MDT