Virginia Assessment Group
Midsummer Musings about VAG 2015I 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 (email@example.com) 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
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