7th Annual Assessment Retreat


Join your faculty and staff colleagues on Friday, January 15, 2021 for the 7th Annual Assessment Retreat, hosted by CMU’s Assessment Council and the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support. The retreat is for all CMU members involved with and interested in enhancing student learning through effective assessment. Sessions will be via WebEx and offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is Connecting Meaningful Data to Action, and sessions will build on the rich connections made last year to further explore how assessment data can and should lead to action. Presenters will highlight exemplary assessment practices across CMU, lead discussions on ideas for efficient, meaningful, and actionable data collection, and encourage participants in their own practices - at any level of involvement!

Retreat Features Include:
  • Faculty and staff-led concurrent sessions from assessment professionals across the university
  • Best practices from assessment award winners
  • Opportunities to explore personal and team involvement in assessment
  • Time to engage meaningfully with other CMU faculty and staff about student learning

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Retreat Schedule - Friday, January 15, 2021

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Welcome and Overview: Connecting Meaningful Data to Action
Julia Johnson, Senior Vice Provost/Academic Affairs
Kathryn Dirkin, Assessment Council Chairperson


9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Keynote
Anja Mueller, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Assessment Council Members

This session will start by reviewing the connections between student learning outcomes and various programs, committees, and operations at CMU identified during the 2020 assessment retreat. It will then use active learning strategies, in which participants will work in groups to identify actions and procedures based on these connections to improve and use assessment of student learning. All groups will then combine in a (virtual) gallery walk to summarize the developed actions and procedures.


10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions
Xiaomei Song and Rosemary Poku, College of Medicine

Join CMU College of Medicine for an interactive session about making valid interpretations from assessment and evaluation tools for continuous improvement! During this presentation, we will introduce the revamped assessment cycle and processes used in CMED, describe strategies to maximize validation evidence of data interpretations, and reflect on how psychometric, assessment, and evaluation results are utilized for actionable plans that improve testing, instruction and pedagogy, curriculum, ongoing planning and implementation, scholarship, and other decision-making.

Mike Carson, Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support (CIS) and Jodi Brookins-Fisher, School of Health Sciences

Bridging the gap between curriculum and assessment in most universities is like crossing the great divide. Many faculty members unknowingly contribute to this divide by their apprehension about sharing course-based assessment strategies, sequencing of content, and teaching strategies at various instructional levels. How then is it possible for faculty to engage in mapping methodologies that lead to a culture of collaboration, improved efficiencies, program alignment, and student success? We explore strategies to promote faculty leadership in aligning assessment to curriculum, establish a shared vision of learning, and apply strategic planning concepts in making curricular decisions.

12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Break


12:15 – 1:30 p.m. - Panel

Members of this panel will share and discuss the many successful ways CMU faculty and programs have invested in assessment of student learning for documented results, including intentionally and meaningfully connecting with peer groups to build a positive culture of inquiry.