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Getting Students Involved in Assessment

Workshop by Dr. Susan Hatfield
Director of Assessment and Accreditation, Winona State University
Friday, March 20, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sky Room, Holmes Student Center

Dr. Susan Hatfield
Susan Hatfield

Most universities think about getting students involved in assessment simply as participants in the process -- filling out surveys, participating in focus groups, or providing evidence of learning.  This workshop will explore ways that students can play multiple roles in an assessment initiative.  Specific topics include discussions on how students can:  help create the processes and infrastructure of assessment, be encouraged to participate in assessment activities, become engaged in data interpretation, and assist in reporting results of assessment.  Using Winona State's Assessment Day as an example, activities and exercises will be utilized to demonstrate techniques to engage students in all phases of an assessment initiative.

Susan Rickey Hatfield has taught at Winona State University since 1981 in the Communication Studies department and served for nine years as chairperson of that department.   In 1997, Dr. Hatfield became the coordinator of assessment at Winona State. As Assessment Coordinator, Dr. Hatfield has worked with numerous departments on developing and implementing plans to assess student learning at the program level.  She has also worked with programs as they prepare their professional accreditation portfolios for organizations such as ABET, AACSB, CSWE, and NCATE.   She has also been involved in three of her university’s Higher Learning Commission self studies.  In 1999, Dr. Hatfield was the author of a $1.367 million dollar grant which was funded by the United States Department of Education under its Title III:  Strengthening Institutions program.  Over the past ten years, Dr. Hatfield has been invited to present workshops at numerous regional, national, and international conferences on issues related to accreditation and assessment and promotion of student learning.  Additionally, she has worked with over 100 two- year, four-year, and professional schools as they develop assessment plans, prepare for accreditation visits, and interpret assessment data.  Dr. Hatfield is a peer–consultant for the Higher Learning Commission and has conducted training, facilitated strategy sessions, and participated in think tanks for the HLC.  In 2001, Dr. Hatfield was named by the United States Secretary of the Navy to the Marine Corps University Board of Visitors, a seat she still holds. The tentative schedule for the workshop is as follows: 


12:30 p.m.        Check-in
1:00 p.m.          Getting Students Involved in Assessment; Interactive Activities
2:30 p.m.          Break
2:45 p.m.          Getting Students Involved in Assessment; Interactive Activities (Continued)
3:45 p.m.          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.

Registration Information:

The workshop is open only to NIU administrators, faculty and staff. Registered participants will receive workshop materials, refreshments, and a certificate of participation. Advanced registration is required. Administrators, faculty and staff can register online at, or by phone (815) 753 0595, email, or fax: (815) 753 2595.  Include your name (as it should appear on the certificate), title, department, phone, email, and special accommodations needed.

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, if you register.  Registration Deadline:  March 13, 2009.  After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by March 17, 2009 so that those on the waiting list could be given the opportunity to attend the workshop or program costs could be reduced.

Sponsored by Assessment Services and Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 07/09/2014