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Regional Community College Assessment Conference

Keynote Speaker
Regional Community College Assessment Conference

Plan for the 2021 Assessment Conference and Workshop scheduled for April 29-30, 2021.

Jeremy Penn

Jeremy Penn

Jeremy Penn, Ph.D., leads assessment in the College of Education at the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to Iowa, he was Director of Assessment and Student Affairs Assessment at North Dakota State University. He has also held assessment positions at Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In addition to his work in assessment, he has taught mathematics and statistics in high school, in community college and in graduate school. He has a Ph.D. in Qualitative, Quantitative, and Psychometric methods, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education.

He has presented and published on assessment and is the current president of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education. He lives in Iowa City with his wife Sara, his dog Hedwig, his kindergartner Isaac, his 1-year-old daughter Eleanor, and approximately 264,105 Legos.

Keynote Address

Everything You Wanted to Know About Assessment
*But Were Afraid to Ask

As educators we think we know what it means to assess. Yet, when we engage in program assessment we are often left pondering questions about assessment that either 1) we think we should not be asking because we are afraid of what the answer might be (e.g., “Will the accreditor really put my prestigious institution on probation because we didn’t do assessment?”), or 2) we think we should not be asking because there is no good answer (e.g., “Why do we have to do this?”). In this session – intended for new and seasoned assessment leaders and participants – we will try to address assessment’s most difficult and persistent questions. While we may not be able to definitively answer all difficult assessment questions, by the end of the session attendees will increase their confidence in answering tough assessment questions and will have a firm foundation for the history and possible future for assessment.