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Understanding and Using Assessment Results

Linda Suskie, Vice President
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Friday, September 12, 2008
10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center


Linda Suskie
Linda Suskie

This hands-on workshop will focus on (1) the characteristics of “good” assessments that meet accreditors’ expectations, (2) identifying the decisions that an assessment should inform, (3) identifying benchmarks for interpreting assessment results, (3) tips on sharing results meaningfully, and (4) using results to improve teaching and learning. Small group exercises will be intermingled with short presentations on each of these topics. This workshop is designed to assist faculty and staff in improving their use of assessment results.

Linda Suskie has nearly 30 years of experience in college and university administration and is Vice President of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Prior positions include serving as Associate Vice President for Assessment & Institutional Research at Towson University, and as Director of the American Association for Higher Education’s Assessment Forum. An internationally recognized speaker, writer, and consultant on a broad variety of higher education assessment topics, Ms. Suskie’s latest book is Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide (Anker, 2004).

Ms. Suskie has taught graduate courses in assessment and educational research methods and undergraduate courses in writing, statistics, and developmental mathematics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in quantitative studies from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in educational measurement and statistics from the University of Iowa. The tentative schedule for the workshop is as follows:

Tentative Workshop Outline:

Session (10:30 am - 4:00 pm)
10:30 am
11:00 am
Understanding and Using Assessment Results
12:00 pm
Working Lunch in Capitol Room
1:00 pm
Understanding and Using Assessment Results (Continued)
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
Understanding and Using Assessment Results (Continued)
4:00 pm
Conclusion and Evaluation            

All administrators, faculty and staff engaged in assessment and accreditation activities will find this workshop very beneficial to understand accreditation issues at the regional levels, and discuss strategies for responding effectively to accreditation demands.

Assessment Services
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information:

The workshop is open only to NIU administrators, faculty and staff. Registered participants will receive workshop materials and refreshments. Advanced registration is required. Please fill out the form below to register for this course. Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop.

Registration Deadline: September 5, 2008. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by September 9, 2008 so that those on the waiting list could be given the opportunity to attend the workshop or program costs could be reduced.

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 07/10/2014