A&R's signature professional development program to build assessment capacity for university staff.

Apply for the Assessment Institute 

Applications for the 2024-2025 ASSessment Institute will open in the second half of july. 

Applications open in July of each year and close in August.  To preview the application and schedule, see the documents below.  We particularly welcome applications from new and mid-level professionals with emerging assessment knowledge.

Preview the 2025 Schedule                       Supervisor Support Form

 

Overview

The Assessment Institute is cohort-based, experiential learning program that has been offered annually by A&R since 2017. The year-long institute provides University of Arizona staff and administrators an opportunity to develop knowledge and hone their skills conducting co-curricular assessments within their unit and department.   

Learning Goals

  • Develop knowledge, skills, and tools needed to plan and implement robust assessments
  • Understand and apply program outcome-based assessment in programs and services
  • Effectively synthesize, communicate, and use assessment results
  • Acquire skills to lead assessment within a unit or department at the University of Arizona
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Photo of A&R and the 23-24 Assessment Institute Cohort

Cohort Experience 

Interested applicants apply over the summer with support from their supervisor and an assessment project or area of inquiry in mind. The admitted cohort completes 8 weekly modules in the Fall led by campus data and assessment experts. In the Spring, each member completes a Capstone Project with support from a designated assessment coach. 

Relaunched fully in person in 2022, A&R partnered with Student Success & Retention Innovation (SSRI) on a focused redesign to

  • Emphasize real-world applications by highlighting guest speakers’ relevant assessment projects
  • Build community through weekly check-ins, sharing progress, and constructive feedback of capstone plans
  • Provide scaffolding to leverage learning module content into capstone planning

Assessment Institute Modules

  1. Assessment Purpose and Foundations
  2. Logic Models and Outcome-Based Assessment
  3. Equity in Assessment
  4. Data Collection Techniques
  5. Leveraging Institutional Data
  6. Primer on Data Analysis
  7. Synthesizing and Using Results
  8. Capstone Project Preview and Workshop

Assessment Capstone Project

Participants also plan and implement an assessment capstone project through the academic year based on an assessment need in the unit or department. The plan is developed in the Fall through the modules and executed in the Spring with support from an assessment coach.

Each May, Assessment Institute participants are invited to share their project progress and impact through a capstone showcase presentation.

Tracking Impact 

We conducted a survey with participants in the 2022-2023 cohort one year after the end of their Assessment Institute experience.

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infographic showing the outcomes of the 2022-23 cohort based on a survey conducted 1 year after

 

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Two quotes from previous participants "The Assessment Institute is by far my most valued professional development experience. It is a safe space to explore, learn, and think through ways to improve the student experience." and "I was new to the institution when I joined the Assessment Institute, and it was the first time that I felt like I belonged at the University of Arizona.  The open environment and opportunity to get to know colleagues from across campus was so helpful in establishing that sense of be"

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