2021 - Manageability and Sustainability The Cornerstone of Institutional Assessment
Due to the lingering effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the 8th Annual Drexel Assessment Conference "Manageability and Sustainability: The Cornerstone of Institutional Assessment" was hosted online through a virtual platform, Whova for 2021. As much as the Drexel community and the Conference Planning Committee would have liked to host our attendees in person, we worked hard to provide the same quality and engaging content for our event. This conference continues to build on the success of the prior year's event to provide a collaborative and fun experience all while learning from our talented peers. The conference annually brings 400+ higher education faculty and administrators from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the nation and abroad to share effective practices. In 2021, we were pleased to host 3 incredible pre-conference workshops, the distinguished AALHE Assessment Institute that spanned two days, networking sessions, insightful plenary speakers, 25 different concurrent sessions, a snapshot session composed of 5 smaller presentations, a luncheon round table, and various events from our incredible sponsor AEFIS. For this conference we also had a new addition to our offerings. A Graduate Research Poster Session was held on the second day of the conference and allowed Drexel's incredible and talented graduate students to present their work to the conference attendees for feedback. A huge thank you to Dr. Betts and her graduate student conference committee for spearheading this new addition to our conference. This will definitely be a staple in our event moving forward. 2021 was also the first year the Conference Planning Committee utilized the virtual platform Whova to deliver our conference. Whova certainly exceeded our expectations and we were thrilled to see the amount of interaction and engagement we were able to have. Lots of our attendees took part in various discussions in the "communities" section on topics such as best practices, upcoming conferences, assessment and accreditation challenges, and management system usage. While difficult to replicate, we all agreed at the conclusion of the 2021 conference that the event we produced came in at a very close second. Thank you to all who support our conference and to every single one of our attendees, presenters, and speakers. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again for the 9th annual conference in September 2022.