Assessment 201: Advanced Topics in Assessment

Friday, October 18, 2019  
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Mills College, Oakland, CA


Click here for a draft of the program schedule.

Assessment 201: Advanced Topics in Assessment provides the opportunity to learn about best practices, strategies, and approaches that can take your assessment program to the next level. You will begin by examining your institutional culture of assessment as a foundation for making decisions about assignments, using rubrics, closing the loop, calibrating student evidence, and reporting results. If your efforts are off to a good start but need to advance to the next level,  Assessment 201 will guide your planning efforts.

Workshop Outcomes
Assessment 201 focuses on topics such as the following:

  • Determine the culture of assessment at your institution
  • Design and use direct assessment practices
  • Engage faculty in the design of assignments/assessments aligned with outcomes and supportive rubrics
  • Calibrate reviewers and checking for inter-rater reliability
  • Engage faculty in reflective practices of assessment
  • Create a culture for using evidence of student learning to improve practices
  • Integrate best practices into reporting of assessments and making results visible
  • Begin an action plan for advancing assessment at their institutions

Intended Audience

Assessment 201 is suitable for individuals who have already attended Assessment 101, or who have basic knowledge of assessment as well as some experience and are ready to learn more. The workshop will blend brief presentations with interactive exercises so you can practice applying what you’re learning and share experiences with other workshop participants. Before registering, consider which assessment workshop will best meet your needs.

Workshop Facilitators

Amy Driscoll

Amy Driscoll is Professor Emeritus at Portland State University. She was Director of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at California State University, Monterey Bay, where she developed an institutional approach to outcomes-based education. Prior to that she served as the Director of Community/University Partnerships at Portland State University, where she initiated community-based learning and community capstones. She has presented at AAC&U conferences, the National Assessment Institute, WASC Senior College and University Commission ARC conferences, and has mentored more than 60 institutions in assessment, nationally and internationally. She developed the Assessment Leadership Academy in collaboration with national leaders in assessment and has co-facilitated the Academy since 2009. Dr. Driscoll also coordinated the development of the Carnegie classification for Community Engagement in collaboration with national leaders, and co-facilitates the classification process. Her books include Taking Ownership of Accreditation: Processes That Promote Institutional Improvement and Faculty Engagement (Driscoll & Cordero de Noriega, 2006), and From Outcomes-based Assessment to Learner-centered Education (Driscoll & Wood, 2007).

Dan Shapiro

Dan Shapiro is Director of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (TLA) at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). He has over 20 years of experience using course-, program-, and institution-level assessment to increase student learning. As a graduate student he received professional development in teaching and learning offered by Cornell University’s nationally recognized Knight Writing Program and later coordinated its writing in the majors program for biological sciences. As a CSUMB faculty member he was a faculty associate for TLA under founding director Dr. Amy Driscoll, contributed to the institution’s work for initial WSCUC accreditation, founded the environmental studies degree program and facilitated its annual program assessments, and led CSUMB’s first institution-level assessment of critical thinking. He has published and presented on learning and assessment in senior capstone, writing intensive critical thinking courses, ethics, and service learning. Since becoming TLA’s director in 2014 his work has included accreditation, using institution-level assessment to increase student achievement of the core competencies, engaging faculty in assessment, implementing evidence-based pedagogies, integrating curricular and co-curricular learning and assessment, and promoting institutional wellness. He has completed the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy (ALA), coordinates the ALA mentoring program, and is an ALA mentor. He has presented his work at AAC&U and WSCUC conferences.

Hotel Reservations: We encourage participants to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible. Given the Assessment 201 workshop is being held on a campus, WSCUC has not contracted nor secured a group rate with any particular hotel. There are many websites online that help with finding reasonably priced hotels.

Registration fee includes lunch. Beverages and snacks will be available during breaks. Attendees will be on their own for all other meals.

Registration fees: $350/per team member until 10/3/19.  After the registration deadline, if space is available, the late registration fee will be $395/per team member.

Discount for Combined Registration: The Diverse Campus workshop will be offered on October 17, 2019 at Mills College. The special rate for a combined registration for The Diverse Campus and Assessment 201 workshops is $595 until the registration deadline on 10/3/2019. After the registration deadline, if space is available, the late registration fee will be $695/per team member.


This educational program has been developed by national and regional experts and is offered as a service to WSCUC member institutions and others who wish to learn about good practices applicable to all institutions. It is entirely optional, and our hope is that member institutions will find it helpful. WSCUC staff will be present to answer questions related specifically to accreditation expectations.

Event Details

Date: October 18, 2019 - 8:30am - 4:00pm

Fee: Free