About the Webinar:

What should students know and be able to do? What credible evidence is used to determine progress toward learning goals? How can assessment practices and results support meaningful improvements in student learning and institutional effectiveness? These questions have been at the heart of assessment’s efforts in higher education for the last quarter century. But, recently, we have also been asking some new questions: Can assessment help us understand how and why, as well as what students learn? How can assessment help us to educate and develop the whole student?

This webinar outlines enduring principles that have influenced the development of assessment and improvement practices and emerging opportunities for assessment, including implications for higher education’s future. Content for this webinar is informed by Assessment Update, a bimonthly publication from Wiley/Jossey-Bass with a national readership; the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, now the nation’s oldest and largest event of its type; and Trends in Assessment: Ideas, Opportunities, and Issues for Higher Education, a recently published book co-edited by the webinar presenters (Stylus; October 2019).

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe enduring principles that have influenced assessment and improvement practices
  • Explain emerging trends in assessment and improvement, informed by national perspectives
  • Discuss the implications of enduring principles and emerging trends for higher education’s future
  • Develop action plans and priorities for incorporating assessment principles and trends in a given context

About our Presenters

Stephen Hundley CircleStephen Hundley, Ph.D. 
Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Planning and Institutional Improvement at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Stephen Hundley is Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Planning and Institutional Improvement at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), an urban-serving institution with 30,000 students. He is Professor of Organizational Leadership within the Department of Technology Leadership and Communication in IUPUI’s School of Engineering and Technology. Hundley provides strategic advice and consultation to the Chancellor on a range of matters pertaining to IUPUI’s strategy, effectiveness, and future directions. Additionally, he leads the Office of Planning and Institutional Improvement, including facilitating the administrative and program review processes; directs campus strategic planning and other improvement-oriented activities; handles the executive search function for the campus; and serves as executive sponsor of IUPUI's Program Review and Assessment Committee.

Hundley also chairs the annual national-level Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, now the nation’s oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education. This event was launched at IUPUI in 1992 under the direction of Hundley’s predecessor, Dr. Trudy Banta, the Institute’s founding chair, who retired from IUPUI in June 2016. In 2017, Hundley assumed the role as executive editor of Assessment Update, published bi-monthly by Wiley/Jossey-Bass. With Susan Kahn, he is co-editor of the Stylus publication Trends in Assessment: Ideas, Opportunities and Issues for Higher Education (October 2019).

Hundley has addressed a variety of audiences in more than 30 countries on six continents and throughout the United States. He writes, consults, and presents on topics related to organizational effectiveness, learning and development strategies, and higher education administration. Additionally, he has been recognized for his accomplishments through teaching, publication, and service awards and has received competitive funding from federal and state agencies and private foundations to support his work. His prior administrative roles include program director, department chair, and associate dean for academic affairs and undergraduate programs in the School of Engineering and Technology; associate vice chancellor for strategic initiatives in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer; and interim associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education and dean of University College. Hundley earned a doctorate from American University in Washington, D.C.

 

Susan Kahn CircleSusan Kahn, Ph.D. 
Director of Planning and Institutional Improvement Initiatives at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Susan Kahn joined IUPUI in 1998 as Director of the Urban Universities Portfolio Project, a six-campus national project that produced the first generation of electronic institutional portfolios. She went on to direct the campus’s student ePortfolio Initiative, guiding its development from a fledgling project to an institution-wide approach to enhancing student learning and development and supporting authentic, multi-faceted assessment. She is currently IUPUI’s Director of Planning and Institutional Improvement Initiatives, a role which includes serving as associate editor of Assessment Update and co-organizing the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis. With Stephen Hundley, she is co-editor of the Stylus publication Trends in Assessment: Ideas, Opportunities and Issues for Higher Education (October 2019).

Before joining IUPUI, Kahn directed a University of Wisconsin System-wide faculty development office that led initiatives focused on effective teaching and learning and on expanding campuses’ capacity to support teaching and learning. She simultaneously served as Senior Academic Planner for the UW System, leading and staffing a wide range of statewide academic and policy initiatives, and as Special Assistant to the system’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. In all of her roles, Kahn has sought to support student and faculty development, to enable students, departments, schools, and the institution to document student learning of key collegiate abilities and skills, and to demonstrate institutional accountability for student learning and educational effectiveness. She has published, presented, and consulted frequently on faculty development, assessment, and electronic portfolios. Kahn holds an AB from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin, all in English literature, and enjoys team-teaching the senior capstone seminar in IUPUI’s Department of English each spring.