Assessment Leadership Academy

An opportunity for institutions to develop assessment expertise and leadership
March 2014 - January 2015

Applications will be accepted from November 15, 2013 until February 15, 2014

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Purpose of the Academy

The WASC Assessment Leadership Academy (ALA) prepares postsecondary professionals to provide leadership in a wide range of activities related to assessment of student learning, from facilitating workshops and supporting the scholarship of assessment to assisting administrative leadership in planning, budgeting, and decision-making related to educational effectiveness. ALA graduates have also provided consultation to the WASC region and served on WASC committees and evaluation teams; some have moved on to new positions with greater responsibilities. The Academy curriculum includes both structured and institutionally-tailored learning activities that address the full spectrum of assessment issues and places those issues in the national context of higher education policy on educational quality, accreditation, and accountability.

Who Should Participate in the Academy?

Higher education faculty, staff, and administrators who are committed to:

  • Developing assessment expertise
  • Serving in an on-going assessment leadership role at their institution
  • Devoting significant time to complete ALA reading and homework assignments

Assessment Leadership Academy Faculty

ALA participants will interact with and learn from nationally-recognized higher education leaders.  Faculty and Co-Facilitators of the ALA lead interactive class sessions and are available to participants for one-on-one consultations.

Learning Goals

Participants who complete Academy requirements will acquire foundational knowledge of the history, theory, and concepts of assessment; they will also develop expertise in training and consultation, campus leadership for assessment, and the scholarship of assessment. A complete list of learning goals can be found here .

Application Process and Deadline

Each year about 30 professionals are admitted. Participants are selected through an online application process. Applications for the 2014-15 class will be accepted from November 15, 2013 until February 15, 2014.


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For more information please contact Julie Kotovksy, jkotovsky [at] wascsenior [dot] org, 510-748-9001 Ext. 307.

This educational program is offered as a service to WASC member institutions and others who wish to attend. It is entirely optional, but upon request facilitators can provide information about effective practices that align with WASC accreditation expectations.