Assessment Leadership Institute

2015 Assessment Leadership Institute

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2015 Assessment Leadership Institute (Flyer)

August 10-12th, 2015

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We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Assessment Leadership Institute. Facilitated by two experts with extensive experience in program learning assessment, Dr. Monica Stitt-Bergh and Dr. Yao Hill, the Institute is designed to provide participants with knowledge and tools to plan and facilitate collaborative assessment projects for their programs. During the three days, participants will also have opportunities to build support networks with other colleagues on campus and receive individualized assistance in planning their assessment projects.

  • Open to all faculty and staff in academic degree programs who plan to contribute to program/institutional learning assessment at UHM.
  • Priority will be given to assessment coordinators.

Activities for 2015-16 Recognition

Successful completers receive

  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A mini-tablet


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Project Purpose, Model, and Institute Learning Outcomes

Student learning is a campus-wide responsibility, and assessment is a way of enacting that responsibility. The goal of this project is to cultivate a cadre of faculty in different programs to be willing, able, and ready to take a leading role in student learning assessment, including helping their faculty colleagues use assessment to improve teaching and learning. The project is deeply rooted in the principles of community of practice. In this project, faculty will be trained in assessment knowledge and skills and given opportunities to implement assessment activities with support, to mentor their colleagues, and to lead assessment communities on campus. The project uses different options of nominal and monetary incentives with infrastructure support to catalyze the leadership-building process.

Assessment leadership-building serves our office's mission to improve student learning through academic program assessment. It serves the university's mission in helping faculty ensure a fertile, engaged, and ethical learning environment through learning assessment and improvement. This project also helps the university enhance the culture of evidence and meet WASC accreditation Criteria for Review that require that the institution's faculty take collective responsibility for establishing appropriate standards of performance and demonstrating through assessment the achievement of these standards.

Assessment Leadership-Building Model:

The learning outcomes for the Institute are:

  1. Identify applicable learning assessment principles and practices to enhance student learning.
  2. Develop learning assessment plans that they can implement in the coming academic semester to support program/institutional level assessment.
  3. Utilize learning assessment tools to implement assessment plans that is meaningful and manageable.
  4. To identify venues and locate resources to develop scholarship in teaching and learning utilizing learning assessment.
  5. To utilize facilitation techniques to guide discussions and collaborative projects.

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The Assessment Leadership Institute features
  • interactive, hands-on sessions
  • one-on-one assistance from learning outcome assessment experts on campus
  • insights from professionals with extensive experience designing and implementing assessment methods
  • opportunities to build support networks with colleagues and learn from each others’ successes and challenges
  • assistance in creating a feasible, sustainable assessment plan for your program

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Selected Institute Materials

  1. Student learning outcomes and curriculum map
  2. Collect Student Learning Evidence
  3. Data Collection and Evaluation
  4. Data analysis and reporting
  5. Use of results
  6. Program level assessment project planning
  7. Engaging Faculty
  8. Scholarship in Learning Assessment

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Institute Evaluation and Testimonials

To evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the Institute, we collected multiple measures of quantitative and qualitative data, including:

  • Institute daily observation
  • End-of-Institute Evaluation Survey
  • End-of-Institute participant assessment plan presentation
  • Follow-up Support Group observations and meeting notes
  • Poster exhibit presentations
  • Annual Program Assessment Reports
  • Follow-up interviews and surveys

The evaluation results showed that the Institute is highly successful in achieving the Institute learning outcomes and making an impact on program assessment on campus. See the following reports and presentations. For more details, contact Yao Hill at

List of Publications


“I am pretty sure we would have needed to pay a large sum of money to get this training elsewhere. That it is free and is held on campus is great. It is extremely helpful. I think this will have a great (and positive) impact on our program and eventually on our students.” —2014 participant
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“Did a good job of keeping us engaged, and we now all seem to have a sense of camaraderie after the institute. Very positive and motivating experience.” —2014 participant
“This is the most informative and best organized workshop on program assessment I have ever attended. I really learned a lot of practical strategies and skills crucial to a program assessment coordinator. I wish I had the opportunity earlier so that I could avoid a lot struggles I went through before.”—2013 participant
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“All of it was very useful and can be readily applied. I did not feel we were wasting time at any point.” —2013 participant
“Monica and Yao were really helpful and there was a good diversity of both the content that was offered, as well as the kinds of activities that we did that really allowed us to not just kind of sit in a room for hours and have someone talk at us, but really participate -- interact!” —2013 participant
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2014 Institute Cohort

List of Participants:

Name Department/Unit College/School Poster Presentation
Pia C. Arboleda Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature LLL Filipino Program Assessment Project
John M. Branner Theatre and Dance Arts & Sciences Using the Invisible to Make Visible
Stuart P. Donachie Microbiology Natural Sciences Assessment in the Department of Microbiology: Zero to…
Morgen S. Johansen Public Administration Social Sciences Leading The Way To Accreditation With Assessment
Hannah-Hanh Nguyen Management Shidler College of Business Assessing Students’ Business Ethics Using a Web-based 3-D Game
Adam Q. Pang Learning Assistance Center Undergraduate Education Assessment: Informing Co-curricular Programming from Past to Present to Future
Thomas A. Ranker Botany Natural Sciences Advancing Program Assessment Beyond the Curriculum Map: Recent Progress in the Department of Botany
Scott Robinson Institute for Teacher Education College of Education Assessing MEdT Teacher Candidates’ Leadership and Collaboration
Helen Spafford Plant and Environment Protection Sciences CTAHR Designing a new program from the SLO up
Sarah Jane Twomey Curriculum Studies College of Education Assessment for PhD Curriculum Improvement from A Faculty Perspective
Haidan Wang East Asian Languages and Literatures LLL Writing rubric development and collaborative assessment work in the Chinese program
Kathryn K. Yamamoto KRS/Rehabilitation Counseling College of Education Moving Forward with Fieldwork Assessment!

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2013 Institute Cohort

List of Participants and Participant Posters:

Name Department/Unit College/School Poster Presentation
Roger W. Babcock Civil Engineering Engineering MS/PhD outcome assessment program development
Makena K. L. Coffman Urban and Regional Planning Social Sciences  
Graham V. Crookes SLS LLL Classroom assessment -- Implications for program assessment
J. Noelani Goodyear-Kaopu Political Science Social Sciences Learning outcome driven curricular improvement -- An example from Political Science
Song Jiang EALL LLL Improving oral proficiency in Chinese using simulated OPI Assessment
DongKwan Kong EALL LLL Flagship rubric for oral performance
David T. Ma Civil & Environmental Engineering Assessing math, science & engineering skills in Civil Engineering
Lorey K. Takahashi Psychology Social Sciences Department of psychology undergraduate assesssment plan
Jenifer S Winter School of Communications Social Sciences
  1. Communication BA curriculum assessment using e-portfolios
  2. Encouraging civic engagement among undergraduates
Halina M. Zaleski HNFAS (Animal Sciences) CTAHR Integrating teaching and extension: Swine production

Updated 3/2/2015