Conference 2021

November 18-19, 2021

Mark your calendars. The Virginia Assessment Group Conference will be held virtually on Thursday, November 18th until Friday, November 19th. We look forward to coming together!  Check out the conference details here and read more about our keynote speakers.

Conference Registration

Affordable individual conference registration and discounted institutional group rates for 2 days of learning with experts in the field through interactive workshops, keynote presentations and poster and sponsor sessions. Select Conference Registration link above to register now.

Keynote Speakers

Allison Calhoun-Brown

Sr. Vice President for Student Success - Georgia State University

Allison Calhoun-Brown is Sr. Vice President for Student Success and Chief Enrollment Officer at Georgia State University. She directs the university’s efforts to increase enrollment, retention, progression and graduation by developing strategic initiatives and refining operational processes to support student success. Using data and analytics to establish proactive approaches to reduce educational risks, GSU has become a national model for undergraduate education. Over the past decade, the university has had one of the fastest growing graduation rates in the country, has increased the number of undergraduate degrees that it confers by more than 80% since 2010, and has eliminated achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity and income. Dr. Calhoun-Brown has implemented new and innovative programming to address issues of effective academic advising, unmet student financial need, curricular progression barriers, the connection between college and career, and support for at-risk students.  Focused on the student life cycle from pre-enrollment to the start of career, the Division of  Student Success utilizes a comprehensive metrics-based approach that incorporates all aspects of enrollment management and student life including admissions, student financial management, academic advising and support programs, registration, and student engagement initiatives to advance student achievement at Georgia State University. Dr. Calhoun-Brown graduated with honors from Oberlin College and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University

Kate McConnell

Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and Executive Director of VALUE, Office of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation, AAC&U

Kate Drezek McConnell, PhD, is Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and Executive Director of VALUE. Prior to taking on this role, Dr. McConnell served as AAC&U’s Assistant Vice President for Research and Assessment and Director of the VALUE Institute, AAC&U’s nationwide assessment system that enables any higher education provider (institution, PCE program, academic department, state, consortium, etc.) to collect and upload samples of student work to a digital repository and have the work scored by certified VALUE Institute scorers for external validation of institutional learning assessment. An educational psychologist by training, Dr. McConnell has written extensively on the reliability and validity of the VALUE approach to assessment. Her other research and campus consultations focus on using course-embedded assessment to improve teaching and learning while also addressing accountability and accreditation requirements; course-embedded assessment; aligning pedagogy with assessment efforts; faculty development; and leveraging the learning sciences in teaching, assessment, and evaluation. Before joining AAC&U, Dr. McConnell spent ten years at Virginia Tech working in assessment and evaluation as well as serving as affiliate faculty in Virginia Tech’s graduate program in educational psychology, teaching courses on cognitive processes and effective college teaching. She received a BA from the University of Virginia, an MA in history from Providence College (Rhode Island), and a PhD in educational psychology from Virginia Tech. 

Conference Details

Workshop Tracks

***Embracing the Whole Student - Ashley Finley, workshop lead;
***Building Assessment Frameworks - Tisha Paredes, workshop lead;
***Leveraging Results - Matthew DeSantis and Sheena Serslev (GMU), workshop leads;
***Connecting Teaching, Learning & Assessment - Pam Tracy, workshop lead

Poster & Vendor Sessions Plus Social Activity

Come actively engage in these learning and networking opportunities!

Conference Schedule

Thursday November 18, 2021


9:25 - 9:55 Vendor Sessions - breakout rooms

10:00 - 10:45 Welcome and Opening Keynote w/ Dr. Allison Calhoun-Brown

11:00 - 12:30 Keynote Workshop 

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch on own

1:30 - 2:30 Business Meeting and Elections

2:45 - 4:00 Poster Sessions

4:00 - 4:30 Vendor Sessions - breakout rooms 

4:30 - 5:00 Social Activities

Friday November 19, 2021


9:00 - 9:10 Welcome by VAG, VAG announcements - elections, spring workshop opportunity

9:20 - 12:10 Interactive workshops

12:15 - 1:00 Lunch on own/chat w/ vendors

1:00 - 3:50 Interactive workshops

4:00 - 5:00 Keynote w/ Kate McConnell & SCHEV updates w/ Jodi  Fisler