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Educators to Evaluate How to Assess Learning at RosEvaluation Conference
March 27, 2012
Higher education is in the midst of a significant challenge:
develop effective, efficient assessment processes that demonstrate
achievement of educational outcomes. That's why educators from
throughout the world will be coming to Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology's RosEvaluation Conference on Monday and Tuesday, April
Educators will learn ways to develop and disseminate best
practices in the fields of assessment and evaluation. Assessment
represents a new field for many education leaders in fields as
diverse as engineering, business, health professions, math,
science, and technology. These assessments and evaluations are part
of a national trend toward transparency and accountability.
"The RosEvaluation Conference 2012 will emphasize concrete,
effective, and efficient solutions to assessment and evaluation
challenges," stated Conference Chair Julia Williams, executive
director of Rose-Hulman's Office of Institutional Research,
Planning and Assessment and professor of English. She is also
president of the Professional Communication Society of IEEE, the
world's largest technical professional association.
Sessions have been divided into three interest tracks: classroom
assessment, program assessment, and digital assessment/tools.
Specific topics being covered will be assessing professional
skills, creating sustainable assessment and evaluation processes,
cultivating a culture of assessment on campus, developing student
learning outcomes for program and college assessment, developing
and using evidence-based systems for learning assessment, and using
electronic assessment tools.
Williams will join Rose-Hulman colleagues Timothy Chow, Will
Mathies and Kevin Davidson in presenting a significant session on
the RosEvaluation Tool. Rose‐Hulman developed the tool in 1998 to
collect, evaluate and report achievement in student learning
outcomes to students, faculty, employers, graduate schools, and
various accrediting agencies.
Shannon Sexton, Rose-Hulman's director of assessment, will
provide a workshop on Building an Assessment Plan on April 1 that
introduces ways to create an assessment process in a continuous
Sarah Forbes, Rose-Hulman's director of data management and
reporting, will make a presentation on "The Survey Artist: Crafting
Your Assessment Canvas." Meanwhile, Sam Peffers, director of
planning, will present a session on "Development and Introduction
of a Leadership Behavior Assessment Instrument in Undergraduate
The conference's keynote speaker is Staci Provezis, a research
analyst and former project manager for the National Institute for
Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) at the University of Illinois.
Her presentation will cover the topic "Student Learning Outcomes
Assessment: All Signs Point to Accreditation."
Provezis' educational interest areas include student learning
outcomes assessment, accreditation, and institutional transparency
of student learning outcomes assessment information. Before
joining NILOA, she worked in various collegiate academic and
student affairs positions, including directing a first-year
experience program at the University of Pittsburgh, coordinating a
study abroad program at Eastern Illinois University, and teaching
English courses at several community colleges.
More information about the conference can be viewed at http://www.rose-hulman.edu/roseval.