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Message from Drexel's Provost

Brian Blake

The expectations placed on higher education to foster and document students’ active and deep learning have never been higher. We live in a time of economic uncertainty, global interdependence, and urgent challenges. If our students are to be equipped with the skills to succeed in such a future, we must reject any claims of quality learning that do not include as their focus students’ active learning and understanding and our ability to assess such claims.

At Drexel, our assessment activities are based on institutional values that aim to produce relevant and functional data for aligning curricular design, course content, and pedagogical approaches with Drexel’s mission and values. In all assessment activities, the faculty and staff endeavor to take full consideration of the different educational and cultural backgrounds of our increasingly diverse student population. The primary objective of our assessment program is to establish a practice of action research that informs planning and results in tangible improvements for our students.

In attending the Annual Conference on Teaching & Learning Assessment, you will enjoy three days of thought-provoking speakers, workshops, and invaluable networking on Drexel's beautiful campus, just minutes from the heart of historic Philadelphia and the birthplace of our nation. Come join us as we work together to ensure that all students have continuous opportunities to apply their learning to the significant, real-world challenges which, no doubt, lie ahead for them.