Wednesday April 19, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
No Charge
SIG 3 - AALHE: Identifying, Designing, and Implementing Purposeful Assessment

The Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) is organizing this SIG to provide a forum to discuss purposeful assessment, increase networking opportunities, and share resources. In this interactive session, facilitators will host discussion tables and attendees will rotate among the four tables. The facilitators will give a short presentation followed by discussion. We will close the session by sharing important take-aways and ideas for your campus.

Table topics:

  1. Healthy Culture of Assessment. What does a healthy culture of assessment look like? How do we know that assessment of learning is emphasized, valued and celebrated at our institutions and communicated via a shared language? At this table, we will explore dimensions of culture and provide resources for collaboration.
  2. Simple Assessment--It’s Possible! The mere word “assessment” often evokes dread. Frequently, assessment activity is driven by reporting requirements (e.g., from accrediting organizations), rather than a desire to discover how and what our students are learning. Join this table to learn and discuss direct, simple tips on how assessment should be—and can be—done simply.
  3. Purposeful Assessment. Graded assignments, projects, and exams are typical strategies for measuring learning in our courses. These are most meaningful when the connection between learning objectives, assessment tasks, and conclusions about learning are explicit. The facilitator will provide basic strategies for demonstrating these connections as part of a continuous quality improvement process.
  4. Communicating Results. All too often reports of results sit on shelves or on unvisited websites which typically leads to no action. This table will address a set of intentional strategies for reporting results and engaging relevant people on campus in ways that promote program evolution and improved student achievement.

We welcome faculty, staff, and administrators to our session. No prior assessment knowledge needed.


Monica Stitt-Bergh
Associate Specialist of Assessment, University of Hawai’i at Manoa and President-Elect, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE)
Linda Garavalia
Professor and Associate Dean for Assessment, College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences and member of the AALHE Member Services Committee
Melissa Simnitt
Assessment and Accreditation Specialist, CSU San Marcos, and member of the AALHE Conference Sessions Committee
David J. Turbow
Outcomes Assessment Coordinator, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and member of the AALHE External Relations Committee