Pre-Conference Workshops
October 3, 2022
TxAHEA Conference: October 4 - 5, 2022
San Antonio, Texas
130 Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk

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We Don’t Talk about Assessment: Assessment 101
Karol Batey, Texas A&M International University; Kara Page, Texas Tech University

Attendees of 'Assessment 101' will learn the what, the who, and the why of assessment in higher education. Presenters will explore the fundamentals of assessment such as assessment cycles, student learning outcomes, methods of assessment, benchmarking, analysis, and continuous improvement. In addition, institutional effectiveness practices, assessment technologies, and general assessment cultures will be covered. Attendees will be able to take back different ideas and perspectives to motivate growth and change at their own institutions as they brainstorm assessment 'best practices' with the presenters. This workshop is ideal for those relatively new to assessment.

Stepping Out of Silos: Building Best Practices for Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness
Dr. Monique Baucham, University of Houston

As institutions are faced with reinventing themselves, divisions must be able to handle external and internal social, political and economic forces. Two of the most prominent divisions within an institution are Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness. As their priorities can vary significantly, it is important for administrators to collaborate with and inspire trust in others to develop a needs assessment. At the end of this session, participants will be able to develop their own needs assessment, identify the strengths and weaknesses of a team, develop strategies for building trust, and identify opportunities for collaboration. This workshop is tailored to an intermediate audience.

Better Communication for Better Assessment
Dr. Paul Henley, Stephen F. Austin State University

Institutional effectiveness and assessment practitioners often work directly with faculty, staff, and administration, and it can feel like meaningful communication is not occurring between these diverse groups. Better Listening for Better Assessment (BCBA) will guide participants through different channels of communication with a focus on receiving information from others. Active listening, listening approaches, observation skills, non-verbal cues, and positive communication will be discussed, portrayed, and experienced. Participants will leave with an expanded communication toolkit for use in professional and personal contexts. This workshop is tailored to an intermediate audience.

Spurring Confidence: A Beginners Introduction to Leading Assessment
Dr. Beth Wuest and Iza Martinez, Texas State University

This session serves new assessment officers responsible for developing and guiding various assessment functions on their campuses including planning, policies, outcomes assessment, program review, accreditation, and the interrelationship among these functions. Participants will be encouraged to develop strategies for researching, organizing, and communicating assessment processes and to build confidence in their new role. Clarification on the role of assessment in continuous improvement along with guidance on positive communication will be provided. This workshop is ideal for those relatively new to assessment.

Developing a Campus-Wide Institutional Assessment Engagement Summit
Dr. Francisco Solis and Rosalind Ong, San Antonio College

In 2014, San Antonio College (SAC) had some of the lowest graduation rates in the state, but they took action on institutional assessment engagement and improved their graduation rates significantly. They then went on to receive the Aspen Institute 2021 Community College Excellence Award and successfully completed their five-year SACSCOC report. The presenters will share how their institution developed and launched an event called 'SAC SCORES,' determined data collection, adapted their approaches, and improved outcomes. Attendees of the session will be able to identify components of a successful culture of assessment and examine their own institutional assessment processes to identify areas of improvement. This workshop is tailored to an advanced audience.

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