2019 Assessment Conference

Assessment in Higher Education: Enhancing Institutional Excellence 

University of Florida Emerson Alumni Hall
April 5, 2019

  • Registration link: 2019 UF Assessment Conference
  • Hotel Reservations - Our room block is full. You may call the AC Hotel directtly at (352) 792-1151 to make a reservation at the regular rate. We also recommend the Hampton Inn & Suites downtown, 101 SE 1st Ave., (352)-240-9300, 1.6 mjiles from the Emerson Alumni Hall. 
All institutions of higher education seek to improve student learning and the student experience, and to enhance program and institutional excellence. Data and information collected through assessment is a primary source of information used for institutional improvement at every level – from academic programs to institution-wide initiatives. This conference brings together faculty, staff, administrators, and assessment professionals to share current assessment research and practices that enhance excellence in higher education.
Institutions of higher education are diverse in many ways; they serve different missions, student populations, and vary in comprehensiveness and numbers of programs. Institutional, departmental, and programmatic contexts influence the selection, development, implementation of assessment processes, and the analysis and use of assessment results. 
Our conference presentations focus on:
  • Methodologies. What assessment methods and practices are most successful for the assessment of student achievement and skill across diverse programs?
  • Diversity. What assessment methods and practices are most effective for working with diverse students?  
  • Data analysis and use. In what ways are assessment data analyzed to yield meaningful information in different institutional contexts and disciplines? In what ways are higher education professionals using assessment data effectively to improve teaching, learning and the student experience?
  • Evaluation. What forms, tools, or processes are used to assess and/or evaluate program and institutional excellence?
  • Validity, reliability, and fairness. In what ways are validity, reliability, and fairness addressed in higher education assessment practices and processes?
  • Ethical obligations. How do higher education professionals ensure that the ethical obligations of assessment (integrity, honesty, confidentiality/privacy, objectivity, and fairness) are met? 
  • Unintended consequences. What unforeseen and unplanned outcomes of assessment and evaluation have been observed? How are these identified and managed?

Conference Schedule:

8:00am-8:45am - Breakfast and Conversation - Ballroom

8:45am-9:00am Welcome

Dr. Kent Fuchs, President, University of Florida

Dr. Timothy S. Brophy, Professor and Director, Institutional Assessment 

9am-10:45am KEYNOTE: Initiating Assessment Partnerships: CoLAB Planning Series® Workshops Laura I. Spears, Bess de Farber Ballroom
10:45-11:00 - Ballroom reset
11am-11:45am    The Impact of an Assessment Certificate on Faculty Perception and Knowledge Katherine Perez, Jennifer Doherty-Restrepo, Eilyn Sanabria, Suzanne Lebin Ballroom 2 
Using Predictive Analytics in an Ethical, Meaningful Way Will Miller Ballroom 3
Linking Program Assessment to Institutional Goals and Strategic Planning Patrice Lancey, Liz Grauerholz, Kristen Couper Schellhase, Cory Watkins Warrington
Student Feedback on Online Course Design: Going beyond traditional faculty evaluations to gather a more comprehensive view of the student experience and preferences Heather Maness and Allyson Haskell Classroom
12:00noon-1:00pm - LUNCH (provided) - Ballrooms
1:15pm-2:00pm    Creating diagnostic assessments: Automated distractor generation with  integrity Darryl Chamberlain Jr. Ballroom 2 

Working with Faculty to Improve Pedagogy and Student Success

Will Miller

Ballroom 3
Creating Effective Skills Instruction & Assessment Taryn Marks & Christopher Vallandingham Warrington
Integrating General Education and Academic Program Assessment: A World Cafe Discussion Kyna Betancourt, Christopher Combie Classroom
2:30pm-3:15pm Assessment Considerations for Internship Programs in a Time of Social Justice Expectations Laurie N. Taylor Ballroom 2 
How to better assess the effectiveness and impact of their student experience Adam Griff, Director, and Maggie Walsh, Strategist, Brightspot Strategy Ballroom 3
   Using Administrative Data to Support Program Review and Assessment Mariajose Romero PhD Warrington
Simulation-based Assessment Identifies Longitudinal Changes In Cognitive Performance In UF Anesthesiology Residency Training Program A Sidi, MD Classroom
3:15pm-4:00pm - Ballroom reset
3:30pm-4:30pm CLOSING SESSION: Student Panel: Excellence in Assessment - The Student's Perspective Moderator: Timothy S. Brophy Ballroom