2022 Conference

Virginia Assessment Group’s Annual Conference will return to the Delta Marriott Hotel in Richmond, VA on November 16-18, 2022 . 

The last several years have changed the landscape for assessment in higher education and has further shed a light on the need for inclusivity and collaboration in our work. This year’s conference theme recognizes the importance of partnering with all stakeholders in the assessment process to support meaningful use of results and informed decision making that promotes institutional, programmatic and student success. The 2022 conference keynote, poster sessions, and interactive concurrent sessions and panels will emphasize the following tracks:

  • Collaborative Assessment for Increased Engagement 
  • Navigating the Changing Assessment Landscape 
  • Equity-Minded Assessment 

 

Keynote speakers:

Thursday, November 17: Dr. Monica Stitt-Bergh

Dr. Stitt-Bergh is an educational psychologist at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, provides technical support and offers workshops on learning outcomes assessment. She has taught first-year writing and social science research methods courses. Dr. Stitt-Bergh has published and given conference presentations on learning outcomes assessment, program evaluation, equity in assessment, self-assessment, and writing-across-the-curriculum.

Friday, November 18: Dr. Belle S. Wheelan

Dr. Wheelan currently serves as President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is the first African American and the first woman to serve in this capacity.  Her career spans over 40 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education.  In several of those roles she was the first African American and/or woman to serve in those capacities.

Virginia Regional Accreditation Symposium

The Virginia Regional Accreditation Symposium (VRAS) will be held during Virginia Assessment Group’s conference. There will be a pre-conference workshop on Wednesday and accreditation-focused sessions on Thursday. The symposium will feature, Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, SACSCOC president as Friday’s keynote speaker. 

VRAS participants who are staying overnight at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown are welcome to make reservations through the Virginia Assessment Group link to get the group rate. 

Collaborative Assessment for Increased Engagement

Discuss how institutions maximize engagement in assessment, program improvement, and accreditation with key on and off-campus stakeholders. Sessions may address some of the following questions:

  • What existing or future collaborations improve the work of assessment professionals? Who do we define as these key stakeholders in our work, and what can we learn from their perspectives to support the assessment process?
  • What engagement practices, technologies, models, research, or policies ensure key stakeholders participate and support decision-making in assessment?  How do we communicate assessment data in meaningful ways to support decision making?
  • How can we cultivate or strengthen relationships to foster collaborative engagement and improve our assessment practices? And how do we assess this collaboration and engagement?

Navigating the Changing Assessment Landscape

Focus on how assessment practices have changed in the past few years, as a result of the global pandemic and related issues. Sessions may highlight some of the following questions:

  • What assessment challenges have you faced at your institution, and how have you addressed them?
  • What are some of the positive practices resulting from the pandemic? What opportunities for growth and innovation have you experienced? What are we doing differently now that we will continue to do because of the positive impacts?
  • How have your assessment practices evolved in the past two years.? What strategies for fostering effective change would you share with assessment colleagues?

Equity-Minded Assessment

Explore how assessment professionals can further the conversation on equity-minded assessment and address existing challenges and barriers. Sessions may address some of the following questions:

  • How do we address assumptions and positions of privilege in our assessment practices? What are some strategies to support and promote inclusivity in assessment practice?
  • How do we increase the robustness of our assessment for those being assessed and what is being measured? How do we increase transparency and inclusivity in the overall process? 
  • What are some examples of best practices in making evidence-based changes to address issues of equity?
  • 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?

This year VAG will be awarding scholarships to cover 50% of the registration costs for the 2022 conference. The deadline to apply for scholarships has passed. We look forward to offering these opportunities in the future. 

Please visit the Call for Proposals page for details on how to submit a proposal.