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Assessment Conference By Steve DiPietro, Associate Vice Provost, Assessment, Accreditation and Effectiveness

Drexel University will host what will be its Third Annual Conference on Assessment. Entitled "Academic Quality: Driving Assessment and Accreditation", the conference will build on the tremendous success of the last two year's events which together brought over 865 higher education faculty and administrators from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the nation (27 states represented) and abroad (4 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.

The conference will consist of three days of thematically connected activities, such as five (5) preconference workshops scheduled for Wednesday morning, September 7 ( a huge hit in 2015), 55 interactive sessions, snapshot (5 minute speed) sessions and three plenaries by accomplished speakers of national and international reputation. Also included will be a Thursday luncheon and address, a Thursday evening reception at the Franklin Institute which also includes a total immersion show in the world class Fels Planetarium, as well as all breakfasts, morning and afternoon snacks.

Mindful of the number of attendees last year along with Drexel's limited space, faculty and staff registration will need to be on a first come, first serve basis for the 2016 conference. Additionally, like many of the university sponsored conferences, we are required to charge a fee of $50 to cover the 3 day conference registration, materials and meals; that is an 89% discount. All of the events are included in this fee for Drexel faculty and staff. Please note that the pre-conference workshops are separately priced at $175.00 per workshop.

We also encourage proposals for sessions from our faculty and staff, and the call for proposals section of the website is now open and accepting submissions. Please visit www.drexel.edu/aconf for conference details and proposal submission information. Those faculty and staff whose proposals are accepted for the conference will have the cost of their attendance covered.

To register for the conference please visit the site set up specifically for our faculty and staff: https://deptapp08.drexel.edu/assessment.