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March 6 Provost’s Lecture with Trudy W. Banta


19th Annual Leadership Symposium

Challenges in Higher Education
 Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration on Assessment: Lessons from the Field

Trudy Banta is Professor of Higher Education and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Academic Planning and Evaluation at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She has received a number of national awards and has consulted on issues related to outcomes assessment across the globe. Banta has written extensively on this topic and is the founding editor of Assessment Update, a bi-monthly periodical published by Jossey-Bass since 1989. In 2003 she was recognized by the Sidney S. Suslow Award of the Association for Institutional Research for significant scholarly contributions to higher education; and in 2012 she was awarded the Award for Publication Excellence (APEX) for Editorial and Advocacy Writing as editor of Assessment Update.

Abstract: The growing emphasis on assessment of student learning — whether it occurs inside or outside the classroom — prompts this year’s symposium theme. The joint commitment of academic affairs and student affairs to student success is a potent force and essential ingredient in identifying practices that promote student learning. An article written in 2000 by this year’s featured speaker, Trudy Banta and her colleague George Kuh, provides a framework for the discussion. Fourteen years later, institutions across the nation continue to strive to overcome the barriers to collaboration on assessment of student learning. Strategies that have proven to be successful will be shared and solutions to inherent challenges will be examined. Banta has been a consultant on outcomes assessment for faculty and higher education administrators across the globe. Her extensive experience in this area offers us the opportunity to explore conditions and contexts that foster collaboration on assessment. Charles Taber, Dean of the Graduate School and Co-chair of the University’s Committee on Academic Assessment, along with the Division of Student Affairs’ Director of Planning and Staff Development, Ahmed Belazi, will respond to Banta’s remarks. Their perspectives will aid our consideration of issues facing us as we engage in establishing an institutional culture of assessment. 

This Provost’s Lecture, co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the School of Social Welfare, will be held on Thursday, March 6, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. This year’s Leadership Symposium is also part of the Division for Student Affairs Professional Development Series.

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