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The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (IEA) invites applications for the Assessment Redesign Institute (ARI) to be held in Summer 2021.

The Assessment Redesign Institute provides faculty the opportunity to review and improve their existing program-level assessment plans in a focused, supportive environment. The ARI will be facilitated by the Director of IEA and members of the IE Planning Group.

Five (5) programs will be selected for the 2021 ARI. Each program will identify 2 faculty members (the chair or assessment coordinator and another faculty member) to attend the ARI in Summer 2021. Selected programs will receive professional development funds from IEA for their participation in the ARI.

To apply to the ARI, complete the application: 2021 ARI Application

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021. Programs selected for the ARI will be notified by April 15, 2021.

For more information regarding the ARI, please contact Amanda Wornhoff, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (wornhoffa@apsu.edu) or Kristen Hershey, co-chair of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (hersheyk@apsu.edu). 

Why should a program apply for the ARI?

  • Any program that is interested in reviewing and improving its assessment plan is invited to apply. However, the ARI may be of particular interest to:
    • Programs with new chairs or assessment coordinators
    • Programs with recent program or course-level changes
    • Programs that have received feedback from the IE Committee or Dean that suggest a need for improvement in the IE plan or results reports
    • Programs that wish to make their assessment process more meaningful, practical, or valuable
    • Programs seeking to assess and positively impact equity in student learning and achievement
    • Programs seeking to align IE assessment and program accreditation requirements

What are the benefits of participating in the ARI?

  • Leave the institute with an outline for your improved assessment plan that can be shared with your colleagues and implemented ASAP.
  • Learn from a supportive group of colleagues and gain knowledge of best practices in assessment of student learning.
  • Discover ways to make assessment activities more meaningful and practical in your program’s context.
  • Receive individualized support from IE Planning Group members that will continue beyond the ARI summer session.
  • Participants will receive recognition for their ARI work, including the opportunity to present at a session during the Pre-Semester Calendar. ARI participants will also be featured on the IEA website.
  • Participating departments will receive professional development funds from IEA (amount to be determined based on final number of participants in the ARI).

What is the time commitment for the ARI?

  • The program will run four weeks in June, 2021. There will be weekly synchronous, virtual sessions of 2-3 hours. The synchronous schedule will be planned based on participants’ availability. In addition to the synchronous sessions, additional time will be required to complete the ARI activities. The minimum time commitment is estimated to be 5 hours per week, but this will vary based on specific program assessment needs.