Tuesday, June 5 • 10:30am - 11:30am
The State of Affairs of Assessment in Higher Education: Professional Development Needs

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Using past research and results from multiple national surveys, a group of professionals selected by the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) and Taskstream-Tk20-Livetext explored the roles/positions of assessment practitioners, the assessment activities typically performed within these roles, practitioners' perceptions about their work and the importance of assessment, and what they identified as their own professional development needs. The main purpose of the analysis was to inform the creation of future professional development offerings and opportunities. The analysis confirmed previous studies about the increasing institutionalization of assessment and expanded on the multiplicity of roles and responsibilities that assessment practitioners are asked to perform. At the same time, the analysis revealed persisting tensions and gaps between the potential of assessment for improving student learning and educational effectiveness, and what professionals are able to accomplish in practice. In interaction with participants, presenters will discuss what professional development needs should addressed if assessment is to fully fulfill its promise of using evidence to change institutions and practices with the aim of improving student learning.


Laura Ariovich

Dr. Laura Ariovich is Director of Institutional Assessment at Prince George's Community College, in Largo, Maryland. She came to the US as a Fulbright Scholar and earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.  Before coming to the US, Laura completed her undergraduate... Read More →
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Conna Bral

Accreditation and Assessment Manager, Midwestern State University
Dr. Conna Bral currently serves in a leadership role for accreditation and assessment for West College of Education at Midwestern State University in Wichita Fall, TX. She has served in a variety of administrative roles in post-secondary academic affairs. She has led the design and... Read More →
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Patricia Gregg

Assoc Dir, Assessment & Review, Georgia State University
Patricia L. Gregg, Ph.D. is Associate Director for Assessment and Review at Georgia State University. She is responsible for managing consolidated assessment of the core curriculum. She has served as an institutional effectiveness evaluator and lead QEP evaluator for SACSCOC. She... Read More →
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Matthew Gulliford

Senior Account Manager, Taskstream|Tk20
Matthew Gulliford is part of Taskstream-Tk20 Account Management team and works closely with institutions to understand their assessment needs and goals in order to determine how Taskstream-Tk20 can help advance meaningful assessment practices on their campuses. Before joining the... Read More →
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Jennifer Morrow

Associate Professor, University of Tennessee
Dr. Jennifer Ann Morrow is an Associate Professor of Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement. She has over 20 years of experience conducting higher education assessment and developing assessments and surveys. She maintains an active presence on Twitter: https://twitter.com/evalua... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am

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