Assessment 101: The Assessment Cycle, Clear and Simple - Fall 2013

Event Date: 
Wed, 10/23/2013 - 8:30am to 5:00pm


October 23, 2013 
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Kellogg West Conference Center
Pomona, CA

Workshop facilitator Amy Driscoll, joined by Robert Pacheco, graduate of the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy, will lead this workshop designed to acquaint you with the basics of assessment and the assessment cycle. The workshopswill offer an intensive introduction to the vocabulary and concepts of student learning outcomes assessment, as well as the rationale behind the process. You’ll go step by step through the assessment cycle, from developing outcomes, mapping your curriculum, and choosing methods for gathering evidence to analyzing findings and closing the loop.  At each step of the cycle, you’ll learn about best practices, benefits, common misunderstandings, and pitfalls you’ll want to avoid.

Topics to be covered are equally applicable to general education, liberal arts majors, and professional programs. They include:

  • Developing learning outcomes at the course, program, and institution level
  • Aligning courses and curricula with outcomes
  • Developing sustainable, multi-year assessment plans
  • Choosing the right direct and indirect assessment methods
  • Defining and collecting evidence of learning
  • Developing and using rubrics to analyze evidence
  • Reaching conclusions about the evidence
  • Closing the loop with changes that improve learning

Assessment 101 is a practical introduction to assessment for any individual on a campus – administrator, faculty, student affairs professional or other educator – who wants to get up to speed quickly. 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. However, there are no teams and no projects involved, and the one-day format means that the workshop cannot explore individual topics in the same depth as WASC’s two-day assessment retreats do. By attending one of those retreats, you can build on what you learn at this workshop. Assessment 101 is also an excellent way to prepare for the Core Competencies: Quantitative Reasoning and Assessment in Majors workshop.

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. You must identify yourself as a participant in the "WASC - Western Association of Schools and Colleges " workshop to secure the discounted rate. The deadline for booking rooms in the WASC room block is October 2, 2013 or while rooms are available.

Registration fee:  $225 (Note, after the registration deadlines, if space is available, late registration fee will be $250/per team member. Fee will be discounted significantly if combined with the Quantitative Resoning and Outcomes in Majors workshop.)

   Click here to register.


This educational program is offered as a service to WASC member institutions and others who wish to learn about good practices applicable to all institutions. It is entirely optional. Upon request, facilitators will refer participants to WASC staff who can answer questions related to WASC accreditation expectations.