Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Creating An Efficient Assessment Structure That Drives Impactful Change

October 11, 2016 - Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown - Philadelphia, PA


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


About the Workshop

Impactful assessment starts with an established infrastructure that collects and analyzes data. Decisions based on cyclical goal and outcome assessment, are evidence driven and allow for analysis of interventions in the following cycle. Typically described as closing the loop, this cycle requires an efficient assessment framework and robust data collection, analysis, and reporting. The framework that is established is the foundation for all assessment activities that should follow. Whether establishing a new program or reworking an existing one, this structure will determine how successful your efforts will be. We describe typical assessment structures that consists of a stakeholder driven committee and assessment and administrative support. Efficient assessment structures are both data focused and flexible. Assessment data is drawn from institutional sources as well as de novo assessment activities. Examples of both types of data are provided as well as data management best practices. Weaving together program, division, and institutional goals, with mission and outcomes creates a self-sustaining process that evaluates and improves programs and services. Only by using metrics and key performance indicators can we understand how students and the curriculum are interacting, and build a cycle of continuous improvement for all stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes:

•Describe, create and deploy an efficient assessment structure for higher education institutions

• Institute a plan for stakeholder driven assessment processes.

•Create assessment matrices for use in evaluating a program, division, or institutions compliance with goals and outcomes

•Create and assessment structure that integrates program, division, and institutional goals.

•Create a robust data collection pipeline that takes advantage of institutional and de novo data


Dr. Marc Gillespie, Professor, and Mr. Anthony Marziliano, Associate Director, Assessment, Saint John's University   


7:30 A.M.                         Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 A.M.                         Workshop Begins

12:00 noon - 1:00 P.M.    Lunch

4:00 P.M.                         Workshop Concludes


Registration Closed

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 September 20, 2016):        $325 per person

Regular Registration
(Received September 21 - October 4, 2016):        $395 per person


NOTE: No on-site registration available.

Cancellations: To qualify for a refund, registrations must be canceled by October 4, 2016. A cancellation fee of $95 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 Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown click HERE. (Participants that need to book a room for this workshop are advised to make their reservations early. The hotel has limited availability.) The hotel is located at: 21 N Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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