Professional Development Workshops

 Assessment 101

 A nationally acclaimed (NASPA Silver Award winning) week-long, interactive workshop in assessment practice. In this workshop, faculty and administrators learn about assessment in a focused environment. During this 5-day workshop, participants will learn about and practice the components of the assessment cycle with a special emphasis on learning improvement. The workshop sessions include everything from writing student learning outcomes, mapping the curriculum, and creating instruments, to analyzing data, reporting results, and using results for improvement. This workshop is ideal for those relatively new to assessment practices.

For JMU Employees: These workshops are provided at no cost to current JMU faculty and staff. Each Dean or Department Head will nominate a participant from their college or student affairs unit. If you are interested in participating, please contact your Dean or Department head.

For External/non-JMU Employees: JMU charges a fee for external participants. Each workshop costs $1,500 per person and includes participation in the week-long workshop, and any printed materials provided during the course of the workshop. There is a discount if you have multiple participants from the same institution. The first participant is $1,500, and each subsequent participant costs $1,000.

A limited number of seats have been reserved for external participants. If you are interested, you may register below. If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Keston Fulcher (

Assessment 101 Workshops are conducted on-site at James Madison University and the full week’s participation is required.

Summer 2019 Dates
June 10th - June 14th (Click here to register)
July 8th – July 12th (Click here to register)


Assessment Progress Template (APT) Rating

Over five days, faculty will participate in the CHEA-award winning process of evaluating academic degree program assessment reports (known as APTs). For the first two days, faculty are trained to evaluate reports. For the next three days, raters pair up with pre-selected partners to evaluate approximately 10 reports from various disciplines. Past participants report that this behind-the-scenes view of assessment immediately helped them contribute to their own program-level assessment practices. This session is ideal for academic degree program assessment coordinators, or others heavily involved with program-level assessment.

For JMU Employees: Participation as an APT rater is subject to nomination by the Dean or Department head of your academic unit, college, or student affairs unit. If you are interested in serving as an APT Rater, please contact your Dean or Department Head.

For External/non-JMU Employees: APT Ratings are not currently open to external participants on a regular basis. If you think your institution may benefit from learning more about JMU’s academic program assessment model, please contact Dr. Keston Fulcher, CARS Executive Director at for more information and possible opportunities.


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