Support and Professional Development Sessions

March 24, 2017 Evaluating the Teaching and Learning Environment
March 24, 2017, 2:00-2:35 pm, Carolina Club

Dr. Steve Buzinski, Psychology & Neuroscience and Dr. Bryant Hutson, Institutional Research & Assessment
Annual Faculty Showcase sponsored by the UNC Center for Faculty Excellence

Registration required:
Visit our resource table, StudentLearning@Carolina, for conversations about assessment of student learning outcomes, guides, sample rubrics, and more.
April 7, 2017Strategies for Implementing Direct Measures of Student Learning for Program Assessment Workshop
April 7, 2017, 3:00-4:00 pm, Room 302 Carr Bldg.
April 12, 2017Creating Rubrics for Evaluating Student Work Products for Use in Program Assessment Workshop
April 12, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm, Room 302 Carr Bldg.
September 11-22, 2017Assessment Coordinators disseminate feedback; advise units on improvements needed to meet standards
September 18 through October 13, 2017OIRA consultations with Assessment Coordinators and individual units requesting advice and support in revising plans and reports
September 28, 2017Implementing Direct Measures of Student Learning for Program Assessment Workshop
September 28, 2017, 3:00-4:00 pm, Room 302 Carr Bldg

This workshop provides an overview of direct measures of student learning that may be adapted and used in academic programs. The workshop starts with a comparison of direct and indirect measures, and then details several examples of direct measures and their applications. Participants will also have the opportunity to share current measures they are using and discuss potential direct measures they may want to consider adopting to measure specific student learning outcomes.
October 16, 2017Deans/vice chancellors submit any updates to assessment plans to Provost’s Office to be maintained in University’s centralized repository
October 26, 2017Designing Assessment in Academic Support and Non-Instructional Units Workshop
October 26, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm Room 302, Carr Bldg

This workshop is designed for those working in academic and student support services, administrative, research, and public service units. Participants will be introduced to assessment design strategies, frameworks, and measurement techniques that can be applied in their specific units. This hands-on workshop will also offer participants opportunities to share and discuss assessment successes and issues within their units, and to work together to develop assessment plans to support both program improvement and external reporting.
November 30, 2017Creating Rubrics for Evaluating Student Work for Program-Level Assessment Workshop
November 30, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm, Room 302 Carr Bldg

Rubrics are excellent instruments for grading students’ work in a consistent and transparent manner. This workshop is designed for anyone who has an interest in using rubrics to evaluate student work to show program impact. In this hand-on workshop, participants will learn how to develop rubrics, apply them to the grading process, and use the resulting data to show the impact that assignments are having on student learning.

Recommendations for additional workshops? Need information or have any questions about these sessions? Please let us know by emailing us at

Have a question about assessment? Need one-on-one assistance or support for your unit’s assessment planning efforts?

Assessment at Carolina _Panter and Hutson

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment staff are available throughout the year to consult with individual faculty and staff charged with responsibility for assessment in their programs and units.  They can also give customized presentations or hold informal discussions with groups that need guidance or new ideas for assessing outcomes.  Examples of topics might include:

  • Redesigning an assessment plan to generate more useful information
  • Determining appropriate sample sizes for surveys or for selecting student work to evaluate
  • Creating rubrics to use as tools for evaluating written work or rating behavior, performance, or quality of other outputs
  • Developing a data collection plan or figuring out how to make use of data originally collected for other purposes
  • Designing direct methods of assessing student learning or organizational performance that can be done with a small staff

For more information, please email Dr. Bryant Hutson.