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2014-2015 Assessment Conferences and Webinars

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Webcast: 8 Steps for Growing and Sustaining your Online Programs

September 22, 2014 1:00 – 2:30pm EDT

Norfolk Marriott, Norfolk, Virginia

Many institutions seeking to improve student access and increase degree completion rates look to online programs and courses as a solution. Most, however, are developing online programs with little or no strategic planning. Without proper alignment with institutional mission and goals and with little attention paid to long-term sustainability, many online programs fail to meet their full potential. Join us online as we help you make the case for online academic planning and development that aligns with your institutional mission and goals. We will walk you through the process for making high-level decisions to ensure your institutional readiness. In doing so, we will concentrate on the intangibles that will ensure your institutional success. You will leave with a workbook to use with your own programs.


American Evaluation Association

28th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association

October 15 – October 18, 2014

Denver, Colorado

We invite all who are involved in the field of evaluation to share your best work in evaluation theory or practice at Evaluation 2014, the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). The conference is divided into Topical Strands that examine the field from the vantage point of a particular methodology, context, or issue, as well as the Presidential Strand highlighting this year’s Presidential Theme of Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future. Presentations may explore the Presidential Theme (please see below) or any aspect of the range of evaluation theory, practice, management, or consulting. We anticipate that more than 3,000 colleagues will gather for a week of learning, collaboration, and connection, and hope that you will be among those in attendance.


Global Learning in College: Cross-Cutting Capacities for 21st Century College Students

Network for Academic Renewal Conference

October 16 – October 18, 2014

Minneapolis, Minnesota

At AAC&U’s 2013 Global Learning in College meeting, more than 500 participants laid the foundations for a vibrant community of practice sharing insights, opportunities, and challenges. At the 2014 Global Learning in College meeting, participants will continue to articulate a vision of the global learner and will explore efforts to design educational experiences—across the curriculum and in the community—to help students develop the cross-cutting capacities they need. Domains to be addressed include global knowledge, global challenges, global systems and organizations, global civic engagement,  and global identities.


2014 Assessment Institute Hosted by Perdue University

October 19 – October 21, 2014

Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, 350 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Assessment Institute in Indianapolis is the nation’s oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education. We anticipate that some 1000 educators from virtually every state and several other countries will take part in the 2014 Institute. The Assessment Institute in Indianapolis is designed to provide opportunities for (1) individuals and campus teams new to outcomes assessment to acquire fundamental knowledge about the field, (2) individuals who have worked as leaders in outcomes assessment to share and extend their knowledge and skills, and (3) those interested in outcomes assessment at any level to establish networks that serve as sources of support and expertise beyond the dates of the Institute.


Aspirations for Student Learning Symposium

November 2 – November 3, 2014

The Inn at Virginia Tech

Proposals due: May 2, 2014
Registration begins: August 1, 2014

The Virginia Tech Division of Student Affairs will host the Aspirations for Student Learning Symposium to rally around the cause of strengthening education and learning. Please consider sharing your expertise and passion by proposing a paper topic that adds to the understanding, scholarship, science, and pedagogy associated with one of our Aspirations for Student Learning. Paper proposals are due May 2, 2014 and stipends will be provided for the selected papers.


The 18th Annual NEEAN Fall Forum: From Assessing Learning to Effecting Change

November 7, 2014

Worcester, MA

Keynote Speaker: David Dirlam, Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Accreditation at Virginia Wesleyan College. “Tools for turning course design and learning data into educational action.” Three sessions of your choice in three time slots will focus on successful implementation of Assessment practices experienced by local Higher Education institutions. Presenters are from many New England universities and community colleges, as well as some out of state colleges. The presenters have been involved on their campuses in the development and implementation of successful assessment plans. Detailed Agenda with abstracts of presentations will be available after Sept. 15


Transforming STEM in Higher Education

Network for Academic Renewal Conference

November 6 – November 8, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia

The AAC&U Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference addresses both the importance of increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate degree earners who master complex STEM content and competencies and also the importance of enhancing STEM literacy for all students. To these ends, the conference will strategically address several dimensions of STEM higher education reform, including innovative and effective approaches to undergraduate STEM teaching and learning; strategies for measurement and evaluation; inclusive excellence; faculty professional development; and advancement of effective institutional change strategies.


Assessment and Its Audiences: Sharing Our Stories with Stakeholders

Virginia Assessment Group

November 12 – November 14, 2014

The 2014 Conference will focus on identifying best practices for communicating with multiple assessment stakeholders, from faculty and campus leaders, to parents, policy makers, and the students themselves, research-based practices for getting usable data into the hands of those who need it, and promoting the dissemination of assessment results in both the popular and scholarly press.


Transformative Researchers and Educators for Democracy (TRED) Third Annual Graduate Student’s Conference

“How Public is Public Education”

November 14 – November 15, 2014

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Hosted by the doctoral students in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Department of Educational Leadership. We are extending a special invitation to graduate students, educators, leaders, professionals, researchers, policy makers, and the community to participate in the conference. Proposals are due September 14, 2014. For more information, please contact tredconf@umassd.edu.


39th Annual Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference

November 20 – November 22, 2014

Washington Hilton, Washington, DC

Keynote speakers include Jonathan Agler and Michelle Asha Cooper. Additional details available in the near future.


AAC&U 2015 Annual Meeting

Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative

January 21 – January 25, 2015

Centennial Symposium: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – America’s Global Future: Are College Students Prepared?

Forum on Digital Learning and e-Portfolio: Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grant Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC

In 2015, AAC&U will celebrate its Centennial.  To mark this milestone, and in the service of the nation’s diverse college learners, AAC&U will devote the entire Centennial Year to a far-reaching exploration of the connections between high-quality liberal learning and Americans’ global future and of the changes needed to drive equitable access to high-quality learning for the millions of students who remain underserved at all levels of our educational system. This year of exploration will begin at AAC&U’s Centennial Annual Meeting—“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—which will examine the multiple meanings of “global flourishing” for individuals and society.  In partnership with the entire higher education community—private, public, large, small, open-access and selective, two-year and four-year institutions— Annual Meeting sessions will explore the kinds of learning, combining high touch and high tech, that Americans need now to engage, contribute, and thrive in their own pursuits of happiness, as participants in a fast-changing global economy and as citizens whose choices will affect the future both of US democracy and of global interdependence.


Association of American Colleges and Universities

Network for Academic Renewal – General Education and Assessment

From Mission to Action to Evidence: Empowering and Inclusive General Education Programs

February 19 – February 21, 2015

Kansas City, Missouri

As AAC&U celebrates its centennial anniversary, we look back at where we have been and forward to where we need to go. General education remains a central element of the higher education landscape for most of us. It is a place where faculty members and student affairs educators have the primary opportunity to reach the largest number of students, engaging them with important skills and knowledge beyond their major. When higher education institutions examine their general education programs, a logical place to begin is the mission of the institution. Why do we exist? What are we committed to providing for our students and our communities? Are there things we can do to enhance our attainment of the mission? How can we make it clear to ourselves and to others how well we are achieving the goals we have set for ourselves and our students?


The Community College Conference on Learning Assessment

February 22 – February 24, 2015

Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Florida

This conference is designed to provide participants with theoretical and practical support for developing and implementing learning assessment activities that take into account the lived experience in today’s community and technical colleges.  The agenda includes pre-conference, general, concurrent, poster and work sessions, and promises a focus on learning, rather than accountability, as the number one priority in assessment.


15th Annual Texas A&M Assessment Conference

February 22 – February 24, 2015

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

The Annual Texas A&M University Assessment Conference shares good practice and tools for implementing assessment to enhance student learning in accordance with current policy across multiple disciplines and institutional functions in higher education. More details will be announced as the conference date approaches.


2015 NASPA Annual Conference

March 21 – March 25, 2015

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center & Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana

Higher education is in the midst of rapid and fundamental changes and, at the same time, is under more scrutiny than ever. With the proliferation of new technologies, the changing regulatory and compliance arena, and the continued focus on “big data” and evidence-based practices, student affairs professionals must be able to navigate these changes with the courage necessary to remain relevant and results oriented.


AAC&U 2015 Conference on Diversity, Learning, and Student Success

March 26 – March 28, 2015

Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, California

In AAC&U’s 2015 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success conference, participants will explore critical questions and formulate action-oriented strategies to make excellence inclusive for all students through sustainable and measurable campus practices. We invite faculty, administrators, student affairs educators, and students to participate in AAC&U’s 2015 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence—both individually and as teams—to help design and promote educational strategies that ensure all students have access to high-quality learning throughout their varied educational journeys.


Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum 2015

May 25 – May 29, 2015

Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado

AIR’s annual conference, the Forum, presents a unique opportunity to learn about recent research initiatives, practical solutions to common institutional research challenges, and preview the latest products and services from the field’s leading innovators. The Forum provides the opportunity to stay up-to-date on the latest institutional research strategies and to learn how to apply time-tested best practices. In addition to the more than 400 educational presentations during the four-day conference, hands-on Pre-Forum Workshops as well as Post-Forum Workshops are offered to expand your learning opportunities and extend the value of your trip. Keynote speeches include “The Art of Explanation” and “Navigating the Changing Landscape of Higher Education: The Critical Role of Institutional Researchers in Advancing Our Nation’s Postsecondary Goals.”


Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) 5th Annual Assessment Conference

June 1-3, 2015

Hilton Lexington Downtown, Lexington, Kentucky

Details will be posted when released.


Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium

June 14-17, 2015

Portland, Oregon

Details will be posted when released.

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