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Fall 2017

You Say Goodbye I Say Hello: Introducing the New Assessment Fellow Dr. Toni Sondergeld

The Faculty Assessment Fellows (FAF) has existed for one year on campus and much of that time has been spent on strategic planning and finding the group identity. The Fellows were created in order to put together a group of faculty members to help with the development of learning assessment and evaluation across campus. One person that had been there from the beginning, and who really was the inspiration for the Fellows, was Dr. Raymond Lum from the Dornsife School of Public Health. Ray was instrumental in the creation of the Fellows in two ways: he was a model of assessment work, and he had experience with the Online Fellows prior to joining the Assessment Fellows. Ray was and is a pleasure to work with and his collaborative nature and strong work ethic made him an excellent Fellow. Unfortunately, life is all about change, as was evidenced by Ray’s retirement this past year. His retirement led to a search to fill the vacancy which led to Dr. Toni Sondergeld of the School of Education. Toni has just begun her time with the Faculty Assessment Fellows now, so it is a good time to get to know her a little better.

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Found in Translation: an Accreditation Discussion

Last month, a delegation from Japan sought out Drexel University to learn more about accreditation. The visitors were directed to contact Vice Provost, Stephen DiPietro, in the Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Effectiveness (AAE) (AAE website) for the purpose of discussing the similarities and differences between regional and programmatic accreditation in the two countries. Some of the members of the delegation were familiar with Drexel, because of the global reputation of the Drexel Undergraduate Cooperative Education Program, so they had a number of questions about how that process worked as well.
The visitors represented Chiba and Nihon University as well as the Japan Institution for Higher Education Evaluation which oversees accreditation for the government of Japan. With the aid of a local translator, the discussion was an excellent exchange of ideas. The translator, also added to the meeting as he had some past experience with higher education accreditation. Joseph Hawk, the Director of Operations (AAE) joined Stephen for the presentation. Lastly, the Provost of Drexel University, M. Brian Blake, stopped by to greet the delegation and welcome them to campus. He even offered up some Japanese words of his own!

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Facilitating Conversations that Matter: the 4th Annual Drexel Assessment Conference

This year’s conference theme “Facilitating Conversations that Matter” built upon the tremendous success of the previous three-year’s events. To date, our conferences have brought together brought over 1700+ higher education faculty and administrators from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the nation (28 states represented) and abroad (12 foreign countries) as we restate our commitment to academic quality, and acknowledge that the quality of the student academic experience must be the driver behind all assessment and accreditation activities. In fact, this year we received proposals from four international universities – another record, with presenters and participants coming from Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Canada and the UAE. In the past, we have hosted people from Israel, Andorra, Pakistan, Japan, and Australia as well.

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