Regional Community College Assessment Conference

Keynote Speakers
Regional Community College Assessment Conference

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

This year's featured keynote speakers were Charles Blaich, Director, Center of Inquiry at Wabash College and the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) and Kathleen Wise, Associate Director, Center of Inquiry.


Charles Blaich, Director, Center of Inquiry at Wabash College and the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS)

They presented "Between the rock and the hard place: Lessons from practitioners who've navigated external demands and internal resistance to improve student learning."

Driven by regional and specialized accreditors, state and federal government, foundations, and other external stake-holders; assessment is now a fact of life. Even though there are many assessment skeptics among our colleagues, external demands for quality assurance continue to push our departments, schools, and programs to assess their impact. Yet, even as these outside forces lead/push our institutions to assess, there are practitioners who choose to lead assessment efforts at their institutions not to comply with external demands, but because they see assessment as an opportunity to improve student learning. In this session, we will review the obstacles these assessment leaders encounter and the strategies they use to try and make assessment matter as much for their students as it does for meeting the requirements of external stakeholders.

Kathleen Wise, Associate Director, Center of Inquiry

The conference attendees' feedback on the keynote was overwhelmingly positive. The audience appreciated the "thought provoking ideas on how to enhance and frame assessment practices" and the reminder that "effective assessment requires conversation." Their shared insight on assessment was appreciated by all.