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2016 HEDS Annual Conference - Full Schedule Now Available

The Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium invites you to register for its 2016 HEDS Annual Conference, which will be held June 26-29 in Asheville, North Carolina. The full schedule for the conference is now available at: As you can see from the schedule, the HEDS Annual Conference brings together people in an informal setting to present on and discuss topics related to assessment, institutional research, and institutional effectiveness. One of last year’s conference attendees said, “I learned so much from hearing how other colleagues tackle issues on campus. I always come open to new ideas, and I walk away with new skills and ideas to take back and try out.” The conference also provides many opportunities to connect with colleagues. Another past participant said, “I appreciate the informal, low-key opportunity to learn and interact with my peers. Many of the presentations gave me useful language to use in thinking about, organizing, and sharing information.” You can register at:

Christopher Newport University - job posting

Christopher Newport University invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Assessment.For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to: Director of Faculty Recruitment Assistant Director of Assessment Search Search # 7371 Christopher Newport University 1 Avenue of the Arts Newport News, VA 23606-3072 or Review of applications will begin May 3, 2016. Applications received after May 3, 2016, will be accepted but considered only if needed. Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check. Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully committed to Access and Opportunity.
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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)