Call for Proposals

This year’s conference theme recognizes the whole student and delves into the use of assessment to inform decisions and designs for holistic learning environments and student success. Assessing students holistically necessitates multiple types and levels of assessment along with structures for informing and involving various stakeholders in collaborative decision-making and planning.

The 2021 virtual conference keynote, poster sessions and interactive, hands-on workshops will emphasize four areas as aspects for a holistic assessment approach. The Call for Proposals is open and we welcome Poster Presentations focused on these four conference subthemes.

360° Assessment: A Holistic Approach for Student Success

Connecting Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Constructive and collaborative assessment provides educators with the information needed to reflect and make informed decisions that are integral to effective teaching and learning.

  • How are institutions making connections to understand the impact of curricular and co-curricular learning environments? 
  • How is assessment being used by educators as a valuable and meaningful process for change and improvement in teaching and learning? 
  • How can professional development enable educators to recognize the connections between teaching, learning and assessment?

Embracing the Whole Student

In Higher Education, it is imperative that we embrace the whole student and provide a holistic education focused on developing and supporting our students’ intellectual, emotional, physical, social, spiritual, and creative potentials. 

  • How can assessment be leveraged to inform, plan and improve the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, spiritual, and creative potentials of a diverse population of students?
  • How can we create or redesign educational structures and develop holistic learning environments that challenge, motivate, and empower our students?

Building Assessment Frameworks

To increase student success, institutions must ensure continuous assessment and improvement of the quality of all aspects of the institution. Thus, it is essential to establish frameworks for integrated, institution-wide planning and assessment and build campus cultures for data-informed, institutional improvement. While the approaches can vary among higher education institutions, ultimately they demonstrate a commitment for engagement of multiple stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students and administration, in assessment and improvement.

  • What are campus structures, processes, policies and practices that can enable comprehensive involvement in assessment and utilization of assessment data? 
  •  What are campus structures, processes, policies and practices that can enable and utilization of assessment data?

Leveraging Results

Assessment measures have been implemented, and results, analyzed, visualized, and communicated. Now the work begins to put the results into action.

  • How do institutions leverage assessment results for improvement or new initiatives? How do departments use results in new and innovative ways? 
  • How do institutions modify assessment activities and their administration to yield meaningful results within changing student and institutional situations?


This year we invite poster proposals consistent with the conference theme and subthemes, but welcome poster presentations on other topics and issues in assessment and institutional effectiveness.

Poster Presentation Format

Posters are a mechanism for presenters to engage in interactive discussion with other conference participants about a project that has been completed or is in developing stages.  The poster venue allows presenters with similar research and practitioner interests to interact by using the poster as a focal point.

Posters should be visually appealing and in a format that can be displayed and presented via Zoom (e.g., PowerPoint, Prezi, Google Slides, etc.). Presenters will be placed in virtual breakout rooms for conference attendees to view and discuss presentations. 

Submitting a Proposal

The deadline for proposal submission is August 13, 2021.

Proposals are accepted through an online form and must include:

  • The track that is the focus of your poster
  • Proposal title/topic (20 words)
  • A clear statement of the purpose or goals (50 words)
  • Proposal abstract (500 words)
  • Poster description for the conference program (100 words)
  • Statement of intended audience/audience level (50 words) 
  • Description of handouts, media, or learning materials (100 words)
  • Brief biography for each presenter (150 words)