Conference Details

November 13-15, 2019

Mark your calendars. The Virginia Assessment Group Conference will be held on Wednesday, November 13th until Friday, November 15th. We look forward to seeing you there.

Richmond, VA

The 32nd Annual Conference will be held at the Delta Hotel Marriott in downtown Richmond. Please join us for an opportunity to learn and network with professionals in the field of assessment and beyond.

Keynote Speakers

Ereka Williams

NILOA Coach and Associate Dean at FSU​

Ereka R. Williams, PhD serves as Associate Dean for the College of Education at Fayetteville State University.   Prior to FSU, she spent 15 years at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as tenured faculty, undergraduate/graduate programs coordinator, and chairperson within the College of Education.

It was there where her leadership in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment landed her the responsibility of leading the institution’s engagement with Lumina’s Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) SACSCOC/HBCU Project (2012).  As a result, Dr. Williams was a featured presenter on the DQP/HBCU initiative at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting (2012) and SACSCOC Summer Leadership Conference (2014).   Dr. Williams’ leadership of the Lumina/SACSCOC project lead to her work with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes and Assessment, where she started as a DQP Coach in 2014.

She has continued to serve as a coach for NILOA, working with 2- and 4-year institutions on Assessment nationally.  She enjoys the opportunity to support institutions as they work toward greater sufficiency with Student Learning Outcomes Assessment and transparency. In addition to Coaching, she enjoys working with NILOA and colleagues as a reviewer for the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) distinction and serving as a charter member of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Collaboration for Excellence in Educational Quality Assurance (CEEQA).

When not on a campus somewhere in the country, Dr. Williams can be found listening to podcasts near a body of water, offering unsolicited reviews of espresso to a random barista, or holding ‘TED-like’ talks with her son and his friends about how things ‘used to be’ when she was their age. 

Read more about Ereka. 

Isaac Castillo

Director of Outcomes, Assessment, and Learning Venture Philanthropy Partners

Isaac D. Castillo is the Director of Outcomes, Assessment, and Learning at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP). Isaac has over 20 years of performance management, evaluation, and outcome measurement experience. His areas of interest and expertise include youth development, juvenile justice, academic achievement, healthy behaviors and decision making, and employment.

Isaac currently manages and oversees VPP’s approaches and processes related to data collection, data reporting, and outcome measurement. He evaluates VPP’s investments in collective impact initiatives and high-performing nonprofits which are designed to improve youth outcomes. Isaac also provides evaluation capacity building technical assistance to each of VPP’s investment partners. This includes helping organizations improve their data collection capacity, developing a performance management culture, assisting with evaluation designs, and helping organizations think strategically about using evaluation findings.

Prior to coming to VPP, Isaac served as the Deputy Director for the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) and as a Senior Research Scientist at Child Trends where he worked with nonprofits throughout the United States on the development and modification of performance management systems and evaluation designs. In addition, Isaac was also the Director of Learning and Evaluation for the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) where he led the organization’s evaluation and performance management work.

Isaac received his B.S. in Human Resources Management from Syracuse University and a M.S. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Rochester. Isaac is a member of the American Evaluation Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) and the Superstar Foundation. You can follow Isaac on Twitter at: @isaac_outcomes

Conference Opportunities

Poster Presentation and Reception

The reception is a great opportunity to meet new colleagues and catch up with old ones through some facilitated questions designed to spark discussion. Posters provide an outlet for interactive discussions with conference participants about a project that has been completed or is in the developing stages.

Panel, Scholarly Paper, and Roundtable presentation sessions

The Virginia Assessment Group celebrates 32 years of promoting quality higher education through assessment and institutional effectiveness practices.

Networking Lunch and Dinner Opportunities

The conference includes a lunch and Virginia Assessment Group business meeting for all participants on Thursday. This is a time for board nominations. Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself if you would like to contribute your expertise to the board. On Thursday evening, multiple dinner locations will be identified and participants have the opportunity to socialize and network outside of the formal conference events. (This event is optional and not included in registration).

Conference Program

Conference Support

We need volunteers! Please consider serving as a proposal reviewer, scholarly paper discussant, or session chair.