2nd Annual Assessment Day - August 9, 2011


8:00 – 8:45

Library Atrium

President Preczewski

9:15 – 9:30

A&S Auditorium

Provost Jordan and
President Preczewski


Introduction of Speaker,
Ephraim Schechter, Ph.D.


Tom Ormond, Associate Provost


From the Outcomes Assessment Toolbox: Outcomes, Curriculum Maps, and Program Planning

Ephraim Schechter, Ph.D. (HigherEdAssessment.com)

Description of Presentation

Outcomes assessment should generate information that helps you plan and improve students' learning experiences. This workshop is about some steps to help make that happen: defining learning outcomes, connecting college-, program-, and course-level outcomes, and using curriculum maps to see how your program addresses your learning outcomes. Along the way we'll talk about assessment as something you already do (even if you don't think of what you do as “assessment”), about assessment jargon (and avoiding “jargon traps”), about asking what is working as well as what isn't, and about using that information in program planning. The workshop's format includes lecture, Q&A, and exercises to start your own discussions of how this can apply to your programs. Handouts include web and hardcopy resources that have examples and more details.


11:50 – 12:00              Closing Comments by Sandra Jordan, Provost and Cara Meade, Director of Assessment

1:00 - 4:30 pm             College Department/Program meetings to discuss 2010-11 assessment reports and data


About our guest speaker: Dr. Schechter has been a faculty member, directed an academic program, and served as an institutional researcher and assessment director. He has been involved in outcomes assessment for over twenty years, presenting workshops, coordinating campus-wide assessment projects, and helping individual programs' assessment efforts. He maintains the well-known meta-list Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment , directed the assessment components of North Carolina State University's most recent SACS reaffirmation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education. Since retiring from NC State in 2004, Dr. Schechter has consulted widely on assessment and institutional effectiveness.