Assessment Leadership Institute


April 30, 2019

2019 Assessment Leadership Institute (flyer)
May 21-24, 2019
See the 2019 cohort here.

The application for the 2019 Assessment Leadership Institute is now closed. Thank you for applying!
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Student learning is a campus-wide responsibility, and assessment is a way of enacting that responsibility. We consider program learning assessment as a set of tools for faculty to collaboratively reflect on program quality and coherence and to act on learning evidence for program improvement.

The Assessment Leadership Institute (ALI) provides an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff in higher education to develop assessment expertise and collaborative leadership skills. The goal of the institute is to cultivate assessment leaders capable of using a collaborative and facilitative approach that fosters trust, reflective practice, and an improvement-oriented mindset toward the program (or institution) and student learning.

In the ALI, participants learn program assessment techniques with ample opportunities to practice assessment project facilitation, reflect on ways to advance their program assessment, and receive individualized consultations and peer feedback. Participants prepare an assessment project during the institute and receive 6 months to 1 year follow-up support in implementing their project, provided by the workshop facilitators, ALI alumni, and fellow participants. All participants are expected to present their projects in Assessment for Curricular Improvement Poster Exhibit organized by University of Hawaii at Mānoa or at other scholarly/professional venues.

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 to implement in the upcoming academic semester that support program/institution-level assessment.
  3. Utilize learning assessment tools to implement assessment plans that are meaningful and manageable.
  4. Identify venues and locate resources to develop scholarship in teaching and learning utilizing learning assessment.


The Assessment Leadership Institute (ALI) 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 a program (or institution-level effort)


  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
  9. Supplemental Materials


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


"Yao and Monica, and their assistants, were extremely organized and incredibly generous with their expertise. I feel very privileged to have been a part of the Institute. I hope I can make a positive assessment contribution to our program. Thank you!" 2017 participant
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"I thought the breadth and depth of material was appropriate for the 3-day Institute. Introduction of new information was well paced with breaks for discussion and assimilation. Thank you!" 2017 participant
"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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Updated 1/7/2019

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