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AALHE Assessment Institute

Picture of Jane Marie SouzaPresenter:

Jane Marie Souza PhD: Associate Provost for Academic Administration, University of Rochester

Jane Marie Souza, PhD serves as the Associate Provost for Academic Administration/Chief Assessment Officer, University of Rochester. She president of the Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education and past editor-in-chief for the organization’s publication, Intersection. Dr. Souza has served on accreditation teams for multiple agencies including New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and Council on Podiatric Medical Education, where she is also a member of the Council. Dr. Souza has served as a consultant for institutions across the country, offering workshops on the use of technology in the classroom, mapping curricular outcomes, and meeting accreditation standards through effective assessment. She has presented at conferences including the Association for Institutional Research, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, Assessment Institute in Indianapolis and (keynote speaker), Drexel Assessment Conference (keynote speaker) and the Association for Medical Education in Europe.

Picture of Catherine WehlburgPresenter:

Catherine M. Wehlburg PhD: Dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Education, Marymount University

Dr. Catherine Wehlburg is the Dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Education at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She has taught psychology and educational psychology courses for more than a decade, serving as department chair for some of that time and then branched into faculty development and assessment. Dr. Wehlburg has worked with both the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the Commission on Colleges with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as an outside evaluator. In addition, she has served as editor of To Improve the Academy and is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the New Directions in Teaching and Learning series. Dr. Wehlburg regularly presents workshops on assessment, academic transformation, and the teaching/learning process. Her books include Promoting Integrated and Transformative Assessment: A Deeper Focus on Student Learning and Meaningful Course Revision: Enhancing Academic Engagement Using Student Learning Data. She earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Florida.


This AALHE Assessment Institute is a full day workshop with lunch provided. 

This full-day learning opportunity will be offered to a cohort of 40 participants maximum. Dr. Jane Marie Souza and Dr. Catherine Wehlburg, both members of the Board of AALHE, will lead this workshop-style institute. These facilitators will bring a mix of theory and practice along with an engaging and participatory mix of information, practice, feedback, and skill-building. Participants will leave this institute with a solid foundation in the assessment of student learning, multiple resources, and a network of colleagues from across the country.  Using their experiences at the course, program, institution, and national levels, the facilitators will foster lively conversations about what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and how higher education can best focus on improving and enhancing the quality of student learning at our institutions.

The AALHE Assessment Institute is intended for…

  • Anyone who would benefit from a comprehensive review of assessment concepts, beginning with the basics
  • Anyone who would like to address knowledge gaps in their assessment education 
  • Anyone who would like hands-on practice applying fundamental assessment strategies

Topics will include, but are not limited to… 

  • Defining assessment and assessment-related terms
  • Identifying ways to practice formative and summative assessment
  • Describing both qualitative and quantitative methods for gathering meaningful data
  • Illustrating good psychometric practices that can be used by anyone
  • Practicing good rubric development and use
  • Including many opportunities for discussion and active learning

    Note: The concepts will be introduced and immediately followed by learning activities and discussion.

An important aspect of this Institute is the cohort-based approach. 

  • Participants will spend the day learning together, lunching together, and attending a plenary session together
  • By creating a network, participants will have access to each other, the facilitators, and many other resources long after the end of the program

Recognizing that each institution has a different mission and culture…

  • This Institute will provide a framework for ways to better understand how to use information and data to inform decision making. The facilitators will work to use examples from many different types of institutions and will encourage dialogue among all participants in order to model good practices for determining how, when, and why to use assessment. 

Participants will leave with…

  • Handouts of all slides, case studies, and templates
  • Reference lists and other resources will be shared during the session and in communications following the institute. Contact information for cohort members. 

    Please note: Institutions are encouraged to send more than one person to of this Institute, but all participants will benefit from making new connections for future communications and shared resources.