Assessment 101: The Assessment Cycle, Clear and Simple - Oct 2014

Event Date: 
Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:30am to 5:00pm


October 1, 2014 
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Kellogg West Conference Center
Pomona, CA

Assessment 101 is a practical introduction to the basics of assessing student learning for any administrator, faculty member, or other educator. The workshop offers a broad introduction to the terminology of student learning outcomes assessment and the rationale behind the process, with special emphasis on the first steps of the assessment cycle. At each step, you’ll learn about good practices, benefits, common misunderstandings, and pitfalls to avoid. Topics addressed will be equally applicable to general education, liberal arts majors, and professional programs at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.

Workshop topics will include:

  • The language of assessment
  • Developing learning outcomes at the course, program, and institution level
  • Mapping the curriculum to learning outcomes
  • Aligning assignments, courses, and curricula with outcomes
  • Developing sustainable, multi-year assessment plans
  • Choosing appropriate direct and indirect assessment methods
  • Developing and using rubrics to analyze evidence of learning

Workshop Facilitators:
This workshop will be facilitated by Assessment Leadership Academy graduates Laura Martin (Coordinator, Institutional Assessment, and WSCUC accreditation liaison officer, University of California, Merced); David Chase (Vice Dean, Academic Affairs, American Film Institute Conservatory), and Sharlene Sayegh (Director, Program Review and Assessment, California State University, Long Beach)

Learning Format:
The workshop will be constructivist and learner-centered. Blending brief presentations with interactive exercises, the facilitators will guide you as you apply what you’re learning. Assessment 101 is an excellent way to prepare for WSCUC’s core competency retreats on writing, oral communication, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and information literacy.

Kellogg West Conference Center, located on the Cal Poly Pomona campus is offering WASC workshop participants a discounted room rate of $89, plus tax occupancy fee. Participants are responsible for their own hotel reservations. To reserve rooms, contact the conference center at 909-869-2222. Mention "WASC” or the Leader # 111497 to get our group rate. The deadline for booking rooms in the WASC room block is September 17, 2014 or while rooms are available.

Registration fee:  $245 (Note, after the registration deadline, if space is available, late registration fee will be $265/per person. Fee will be discounted significantly if combined with the Quantitative Resoning and Outcomes in Majors workshop.)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  September 17, 2014

   Click here to register.


This educational program has been developed by national and regional experts and is offered as a service to WSCUC member institutions and others who wish to learn about good practices applicable to all institutions. It is entirely optional, and our hope is that member institutions will find it helpful. WSCUC staff will be present to answer questions related specifically to accreditation expectations.