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Midsummer Musings about VAG 2015

I don't know about you, but each year I am surprised by the disconnect between my summer intentions and reality.  It is about this time that the speed of summer sneaks up on me (Is it really July? What happened to June!?!), and I look forward to the fall semester while simultaneously bemoaning that I did not get everything done on my summer "to do" list. The Virginia Assessment Group had a busy beginning to the summer, helping SCHEV host its first Summit on Quality and Value in undergraduate education in the Commonwealth. The conversation - much of it captured on Twitter via #VaQuality - was rich, and will hopefully serve as a catalyst to more dialog and action on the part of SCHEV, institutions, policy makers, and organizations such as the Virginia Assessment Group. Additionally, I think the Summit helped generate some early buzz about our upcoming annual conference. From the hot and humid vantage point of mid-July, November may feel very, very far away, but your VAG leadership is hard at work planning a fabulous event. Tim Merrill, our fearless president elect, is spearheading the planning and managing the Call for Proposals, which is now live on our website. We encourage you to submit "early and often" - put in a proposal about your own work, encourage colleagues to showcase their own projects, engage a graduate student, cajole a faculty friend!  In short, submit!  Proposals are due by Monday, September 14th, but will be reviewed on a rolling basis with early notification of acceptance sent out to presenters. Finally, we are pleased to announce that 2015 marks the return of the Virginia Regional Accreditation Symposium, which will take place on Wednesday, November 18th.  Linda Birtley of VCU is spearheading this event, and still soliciting feedback about the needs and desires of potential attendees. Feel free to contact her directly ( to lend your ideas or your help to the effort! In the meantime, stay cool and enjoy the second half of summer. Hope to see you all in November, if not sooner! Kate McConnell, VAG President

Open Position at Richard Bland College

Assistant Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Data Management As a direct report to the Dean of Enrollment Services, this position manages all data reporting, analysis & planning functions of the college and contributes to strategic, data-driven policy development and decision-making that advances the College mission, vision, and strategic goals. For the complete job posting and application information, please click here.

Open position at Old Dominion University

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at Old Dominion University is seeking candidates for the Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Analyst position. This position provides support for University accreditation, planning, and institutional effectiveness efforts by coordinating, managing, and monitoring accreditation activities, data collection, and reporting. This position will also assist the AVP for Assessment and the Vice Provost/SACSCOC Liaison with monitoring regional and specialized accreditation policies and procedures; overseeing data collection related to planning and institutional effectiveness efforts; and supporting faculty and staff with assessment activities. To apply, please visit and select 'Faculty and Administrative Opportunities'.
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Annual Conference
Knowing our Worth, Showing our Worth:
Demonstrating Quality & Value Through Assessment
Featuring Charlie Blaich and Kathy Wise from the Center of Inquiry and the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) at Wabash College
  The 2015 conference focuses on:
  • Sharing effective practices that communicate assessment results to various stakeholders, including faculty, campus leaders, parents, policy makers, and students themselves;
  • Highlighting research-based practices for getting usable data into the hands of those who need it; and
  • Promoting the dissemination of assessment results in both the popular and scholarly press.
  With pre-conference workshops, an evening poster session and reception, a full day of traditional concurrent sessions and a final day of only Pecha Kucha presentations, the conference promises to be engaging and dynamic. As always, the tone and tenor of the event will be collegial, as colleagues from within and beyond the Commonwealth of Virginia network, share, and collaborate.


Registration will open August 1, 2015.
The pricing structure includes new options this year to save money by enrolling in all events, or choosing to pay for the portion of the meeting that best suits your needs.
  • VRAS – Cost TBD (breakfast provided, half-day sessions)
  • Single Full Day Attendance on Thursday: $175 before October 15th; $225 after October 15th
  • VAG Full conference (Wed. evening through Fri afternoon) - $225 before October 15th; $275 after October 15th.


The 2015 Annual Conference of the Virginia Assessment Group  will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Richmond.  Located in Richmond's downtown district, the hotel is convenient to award-winning restaurants and local area attractions.
Conference room rates and dates for booking will be online shortly

Driving Directions

Crowne Plaza Richmond 555 East Canal Street Richmond, VA 23219 Hotel Directions

Conference Overview

Wednesday, November 18th, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
VRAS meeting
Wednesday, November 18th, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Opening VAG Reception
Poster Session
Thursday, November 19th, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Opening Keynote: Charlie Blaich & Kathy Wise
VAG Annual Business Meeting
Concurrent Sessions
Friday, November 20th, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Pecha Kucha Sessions
Message from the President