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Call for Proposals and Registration Open

The 2015 Conference call for proposals and registration information is now live, and details are below. Please consider joining us in Richmond in November (18-20) for some professional networking, best practices sharing and knowledge generation. In addition to the traditional high quality sessions, the conference will also benefit from sharing space with the Virginia Regional Accreditation Symposium, which will be holding a one-day meeting on the 18th to discuss all things SACS-COC. Attending both events will provide some useful material to the closely linked accreditation and assessment processes. Hope to see you this November in Richmond.

Summer Musings about VAG 2015

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 #VirginiaQuality - 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. The Call for Proposals 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!  Proposals  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. Feel free to contact her directly ( to lend your ideas or your help to the effort!
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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 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 is now open. Please click HERE to register for the VAG Conference, and HERE for the VRAS meeting.
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 – $99, continental breakfast provided, a full day of 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.

Driving Directions

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

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
  Closing Keynote: Peter Doolittle (CIDER/VPI) & Keston Fulcher (JMU)