Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Creating and Selecting Assessment Tools

May 9, 2014 - Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel - Philadelphia, PA


Philadelphia Skyline · Photo by Bob Krist - Courtesy of Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.


About the Workshop

Creating or selecting the assessment tools that can best measure student progress in meeting learning goals are important components of the assessment process. This workshop, designed using feedback from prior workshop participants, focuses on assessment tools and complements the workshops Becoming an Assessment Facilitator or Understanding and Using Assessment Results by specifically focusing on how to select an assessment approach that is aligned with learning goals and opportunities.

In this workshop, we will…

  • Discuss direct and indirect measures of student learning;
  • Consider how to align assessment tools with learning goals;
  • Focus on rubrics as direct measures of student learning; and
  • Review the importance of evaluating and revising assessment tools as part of the continuous improvement process.

Presentations on each of these topics will be interspersed with small group hands-on exercises that will let you think about and practice what you’re learning. We will also discuss and explore direct and indirect measures of student learning, including rubrics.

This workshop is suitable for faculty, administrators, and senior leaders with a basic understanding of assessment principles who are interested in expanding their understanding of assessment tools.
Participants will leave the workshop with strategies and tools that they can use on their campuses.


Jodi Levine Laufgraben, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Assessment, Temple University


8:00 A.M.                         Registration/Breakfast

9:00 A.M.                         Workshop Begins

12:00 noon - 1:00 P.M.    Lunch

4:00 P.M.                         Workshop Concludes



The registration fee includes workshop materials, a continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, and lunch. Institutions may send more than one person to this workshop. 

Early Registration
(Received on or before April 18, 2014):            $285 per person

Regular Registration
(Received April 19 - May 2, 2014):                  $360 per person

NOTE: No on-site registration available.


Cancellations: To qualify for a refund, registrations must be canceled by April 18, 2014. A cancellation fee of $75 will be assessed, regardless of the reason for cancellation. Cancellations received after this date will not receive a refund. Contact MSCHE at (267) 284-5000.



Participants are responsible for their own accommodations. MSCHE has not reserved a block of rooms. For information regarding hotel reservations at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel click HERE. (Participants that need to book a room for this workshop are advised to make their reservations early. The hotel has limited availability.)

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680; Telephone: (267) 284-5000