Assessment Expo 2012

March 2, 2012

Thanks to all of those who made the 2012 Expo a great success. This year, we showcased ten exemplary assessment practices from fellow NIU colleagues. Each of these, selected by the University Assessment Panel, was displayed in a poster and discussed at one of the three roundtable discussions held at the event:

ROUND TABLE 1: Involving Students in Assessment [click name to view each poster]

The GA Experience, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Kelli Bradley and
Brandi Hephner-LaBanc

The GA Experience, an intentional, evidenced-based professional preparation program, provides opportunities for graduate assistants (GAs) within the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Northern Illinois University to further develop skill sets in six competency areas. The objective is for GAs to gain these skills through participation in professional development programs and activities and through their experiences in their assistantship positions throughout the academic year. The GA Experience is assessed annually when GAs take part in an extensive evaluation and review process that includes surveys and interview feedback.

Student Advisory Council on Learning Outcomes, Nora Lindvall and Eric Niemi

The Student Advisory Council on Learning Outcomes (SACLO) was founded in spring 2011 in an effort to promote knowledge of and awareness about learning outcomes; part of our mission statement is to promote a culture of assessment at NIU. SACLO gives students, faculty, staff, and administrators a forum to collaboratively discuss assessment strategies and learning objectives.


ROUND TABLE 2: Sustaining Assessment Practices in Academic Departments [click name to view poster]

Assessing Academic Services, Education Services, Shevawn Eaton

How Do We Know it Works, Assessing Academic Services: Assessment of academic services can be challenging. Students who use tutoring may still fail a course or may get an A. Our poster shows a few indirect methods by which we have determined that our programs are working.

Recreation Services, Sandi Carlisle

The department examined the importance and impact of recreation facilities for students by analyzing data from four assessment projects: National Student Survey - NIRSA/NASPA Consortium Recreation Impact Study, Facilities Benchmark Study, Open Recreation User Survey, and NIU Living Well Student Survey. Findings demonstrated that recreation facilities are important to students; participation influences their leadership development; current facilities do not meet student needs; students want expanded spaces and offerings; and comparable institutions have better space, equipment, and amenities.

Course-Embedded Assessments, Nutrition & Dietetics, Josephine Umoren

The Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Administration program objectives incorporate competences of the accrediting professional organizations. The program has two distinct emphases and thus course-embedded measures (course-appropriate case studies) were used to assess student learning outcomes in two senior level classes.

Embedded Assessments, Finance, Marc Simpson

Embedded Assessments allow for the use of programmatic assessment measures that traditionally have been used to assess student understanding in the assignment of grades.

Multi-Source, Multi-Method Approach, Psychology, Greg Waas

The advantages of adopting assessment procedures that utilize multiple sources and multiple methods are explored. Examples are provided from the Department of Psychology undergraduate and Ph.D. programs.


ROUND TABLE 3: Sustaining Assessment Practices in Support Units [click name to view posters]

Academic Support Unit Contribution, Faculty Development, Murali Krishnamurthi

Academic support units that primarily serve faculty face a unique challenge in assessing the units' impact on student learning as they can assess their contributions only through indirect measures. The poster illustrates the Center's assessment challenges, objectives and targets, assessment plan, and results.

Internships, Graduate Educational Administration, Charles Howell and Teresa Wasonga

The M.S.Ed. in Educational Administration strives to prepare candidates for the challenges and excitement of building leadership. Their internship experience is a collaboration between the university and the school district to provide a laboratory for the candidate to experience the application of their learned knowledge and skill. They design activities and use rubrics to achieve program objectives.

Team Improvement, Elementary Education, Paul Kelter

The Elementary Education program uses a variety of instructional tools for formative assessment. The display focuses on the assessment methods that our students have learned while doing their clinical and student-teaching rotations in the schools. The theme of the assessment process is that improvement is a team process, and our students and regional teachers are vital parts of that team.


Click to view posters from the 2011 Assessment Expo

Click to view posters from the 2010 Assessment Expo

Click to view posters from the 2009 Assessment Expo

Click to view posters and presentations from the 2008 Assessment Expo


For more information, please contact the Office of Assessment Services at or call us at 753-8659