Assessment 101: The Assessment Cycle, Clear and Simple

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/23/2015 - 8:30am to 5:00pm


October 23, 2015
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mills College
Oakland, 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 (Director, 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.

Registration: Registration fee includes lunch. Beverages and snacks will be available during breaks. Attendees will be on their own for all other meals.

Registration fees:  $280/per team member.  After the registration deadline, if space is available, the late registration fee will be $340 /per team member.


   Click here to register.

Hotel Reservations:
We encourage participants to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible. Given the Assessment 101 workshop is being held on a campus, WSCUC has not contracted nor secured a group rate with any particular hotel. There are many websites online that help with finding reasonably priced hotels.

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.