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2015 Conference Program

Hello, we are excited to share assessment success and challenge stories starting this evening at 5:30 at the Crowne Plaza in Richmond. If you are unable to join us this year, the 2015 conference program is HERE.

Assessment Workshop Opportunity

The Center of Inquiry at Wabash College invites institutional teams of two faculty and/or staff and two students to Students Engaging Students to Improve Learning: Using Student-Led Focus Groups to Gather and Make Sense of Assessment Evidence, a Teagle Assessment Scholar workshop on March 10-12, 2016. One of the best ways to make sense of assessment evidence is to have focus group conversations with students. And when students take the lead in conducting these conversations with their peers, they can learn things about the “why” and “how” behind the assessment evidence that faculty and staff might have a harder time discovering. In this workshop, Center of Inquiry staff and Teagle Scholars seasoned in training and working with student focus groups will help your team create and implement student-led focus groups to address assessment questions at your institution.
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2015 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 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.

Thank you to our 2016 Conference Sponsors:

The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER)


Campus Labs

Madison Assessment

The Center for Assessment & Research Studies - JMU



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. You can reserve a room by using this LINK or by calling the hotel and mentioning you are attending the Virginia Assessment Group conference (804) 788-0900.

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)