WSCUC Educational Programs Update

Assessment Leadership Academy

WSCUC welcomed the 9th Cohort into the Assessment Leadership Academy in March. The first in-person meeting was held June 4 – 8 at Holy Names University. The cohort will meet again at Holy Names in July 30 – August 3, continue work through the end of the year, and gather for a final meeting at Cal Poly Pomona in January, 2019. The ALA is a 10-month program designed to assist higher education professionals develop skill and leadership in a wide range of activities related to teaching, learning, and assessment. Participants interact with and learn from a variety of nationally-recognized higher education leaders throughout their experience.

WSCUC looks forward to hosting the 10th cohort of the ALA in 2019-2020!

Educational Programs Workshops

The final workshops of the 2017-2018 academic year took place May 17 and 18 at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawai’i. On the 17th Monica Stitt-Bergh from University of Hawaii at Manoa and Su Swarat from California State University Fullerton presented Assessment 101: Meaningful Assessment for Student Learning and The Learning Institution. The next day, Errin Heyman of the WSCUC Advancing Learning Outcomes Visibility Initiative, Kevin Grant from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Laura Massa from Loyola Marymount University, and Carole Huston from University of San Diego facilitated The Learning Institution: Aligning and Integrating Practices to Support Quality.

The lineup of 2018-2019 Educational Programs was announced In June. The year will feature new and expanded workshops on assessing student learning, promoting equity and access, leveraging data, and enhancing educational effectiveness and student achievement. There will also be workshops for senior institutional leadership on developing cultures of improvement and retreats for presidents and trustees providing an in-depth exploration of regional and national issues affecting higher education.

A notification will be sent in August when registration is available. Please visit WSCUC’s Educational Programs website for more information.

Academic Resource Conference

The 2018 Academic Resource Conference took place April 25 – 27 in Burlingame, CA. Plenary sessions featured addresses by American Council on Education President Ted Mitchell, Association of American of Colleges and & Universities President Lynn Pasquerella, WSCUC President Jamienne S. Studley, and a panel discussion on higher education policy. The ARC also hosted a Showcase on Teaching and Learning, and range of concurrent sessions. To see highlights from the 2018 conference, click here.

WSCUC’s 2019 Academic Resource Conference will take place April 10 – 12, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, CA. Be on the lookout in July for a special announcement about the 2019 Academic Resource Conference!

Community of Practice

WSCUC continues to develop and facilitate its Community of Practice (CoP) as part of the Advancing Learning Outcomes Visibility Initiative, which is supported by funding from Lumina Foundation. The CoP is comprised of teams from WSCUC institutions and is designed to increase leadership, institutional capacity, and visibility in learning outcomes assessment. The third convening was held April 24th at the 2018 ARC, with Jennifer Lyons from Evergreen Data providing the keynote address. The next convening will be held in October at Cal Poly Pomona. For more information, please visit the Community of Practice website.

Staff contact: David Chase