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2014-2015 Assessment Conferences and Webinars

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

2014 Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments

July 9 – July 13, 2014

California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton, California

The 2014 Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments is intended for colleges and universities interested in building faculty and departmental leadership for advancement of Essential Learning Outcomes—breadth and depth of knowledge, inquiry and critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, civic learning, global knowledge and skills, and particularly, integrative and applied learning. Today, college graduates must be able to integrate and apply disciplinary and cross-disciplinary learning in new contexts as they seek better and more responsible solutions to problems encountered in work and in society.


The Annual Institute on Best Practices in Institutional Effectiveness

July 13 – July 16, 2014

Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk – Downtown, San Antonio, Texas

This institute is not another opportunity to listen to speakers tell you what they are doing at their school and leaving you with no blueprints on how to accomplish it at your school. This is not a large conference where you move from room to room with lots of choices. This institute is intensive, meets from 9am to 5pm, is heavy on networking and designed to give faculty and staff the skills to get the job done. The criteria from all six regional accrediting agencies will be addressed. In most years, a representative from one of the six agencies attends the institute and presents on institutional effectiveness issues in their region.


Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) – Advancing What Works in STEM Education

Institute I: July 18 – July 23, 2014 – Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pennsylvania

Institute II: July 25 – July 30, 2014 – Baca Campus of Colorado College, Crestone, Colorado

The PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes are designed for both early- and mid-career STEM faculty engaged in leading projects aimed at transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions. Each Institute exposes STEM faculty to the theories and practices required for them to act as agents of change in their home institutions and/or professional societies. Over 40 percent of Institute alumni currently hold positions of leadership on their home campuses. Applications will be available January 2014. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


2014 LiveText Assessment & Collaboration Conference

July 21 – July 23, 2014

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

In a landscape of rapid technological advancement and renegotiated state and federal policy, institutions of higher education are faced with increasing pressures to continuously improve quality and to prove it. We must reframe these pressures and look to our challenges as opportunities to improve student learning and better prepare our students. The 2014 Assessment & Collaboration Conference will focus on doing that with sessions emphasizing the use of technology to enhance institutional effectiveness and assessment. We invite well-developed proposals illustrating examples of ongoing assessment and the use of assessment results in meaningful ways to improve higher education. Preference will be given in the selection process to those proposals that include the use of assessment technologies that support all modes of instructional delivery (traditional, online, hybrid, MOOCs, etc.), while fulfilling the various roles of assessment in teaching, learning, and continuous quality improvement.


34th International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform

July 26 – July 31, 2014

Berkeley, California

At this year’s conference, we emphasize the importance of cultivating the public citizen, as we honor the thought and work of Ralph Nader through the Bertrand Russell Scholars Lecture and program. Accordingly, in additional to our usual sessions for educators, we offer sessions for all citizens, throughout the world, who are interested in improving their ability to reason through complex issues, as public citizens, and in all parts of life. Critical thinking is as essential to thinking like a skilled public citizen as it is to thinking like a skilled educator, administrator, psychologist, historian, scientist, doctor, parent, student…as it is to thinking well within any domain of human thought or through any important issue. The conference begins with two options for preconference sessions. The rest of the conference will consist of approximately 40 sessions offered over four days. When you register for the conference, you will choose your preconference and focal sessions for the main conference. On the third day of the conference you will choose from approximately 25 concurrent sessions. (The full concurrent session program will be available at the conference). Many of the sessions will be posted online in advance. All conference registrants are invited to the Bertrand Russell Scholars program with Ralph Nader. Seating in live or virtual ballroom will be based on date of registration. See registration page for details. Only registered delegates may attend the Nader lecture and conversation.


2014 Library Assessment Conference

August 4 – August 6, 2014

Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, Association of Research Libraries

Seattle, Washington

The Association of Research Libraries and the University of Washington Libraries are pleased to announce the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington from August 4-6, 2014. The conference goal is to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. The conference provides a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, and workshops that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for effective, practical and sustainable library assessment. This biennial conference builds on the success of the first four conferences held in Charlottesville (2006), Seattle (2008), Baltimore (2010), and Charlottesville (2012).2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, Association of Research Libraries, Seattle.


Drexel University to Host Regional Assessment Conference

September 10 – September 12, 2014

Drexel’s Philadelphia Campus, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Drexel University, one of the 15 largest private, major research universities in the United States and a global leader in experiential education, is hosting its first annual regional conference on assessmentSeptember 10-12, 2014. Entitled “Myths and Movements: Re-Imaginign Higher Education Assessment”, we hope to engage attendees in rich conversation through interactive presentations, snapshot sessions, and plenary addresses. ​  It is anticipated that this first conference will attract 300 to 400 attendees from across the middle states region to Drexel’s Philadelphia campus and from many more institutions across the United States in the years to come. The site is designed to provide all of the information pertaining to the conference – the framework schedule, plenary and keynote speakers, debate participants, hotel information and registration as well as conference registration.


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.


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.


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.


The Community College Conference on Learning Assessment

February 22 – February 24, 2015

Call for Proposals: Due April 4, 2014

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.  The deadline for first review of presentation proposals is April 4, 2014.

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