• Assessment 101 for summer 2020- moved ONLINE! (more information below)  
  • The Assessment Celebration, originally scheduled for April 22nd, was cancelled due to COVID-19. We hope to be able to hold the event when we are able to meet again on campus. Stay tuned for more information.  

Upcoming Events: 
July 13, 2020 – July 17, 2020:  Assessment 101 Workshop, Session 2 (virtual)  Registration still open!  

July 27, 2020 – July 31, 2020:  Assessment 101 Workshop, Session 3 (virtual)  Registration still open!   

Assessment 101

*Due to current restrictions on in-person gatherings, and uncertainties about travel as a result of COVID-19, this workshop will be offered entirely online for the summer of 2020. All three sessions are still being held during the originally scheduled dates, but will move to a virtual delivery rather than meeting in person. Due to this change, we have extended the early-bird rate ($1350) for the duration of the summer. 

In this nationally-acclaimed (NASPA Silver Award winning) workshop, you will learn about assessment in a focused virtual environment. Over the span of 5 days, you will practice the components of the assessment cycle with a special emphasis on learning improvement through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous assignments.  The workshop will explore topics such as:  

  • writing student learning outcomes  
  • mapping the curriculum  
  • creating instruments  
  • examining implementation fidelity  
  • analyzing data  
  • reporting results  
  • using results to make evidence-based decisions   

This workshop is ideal for those relatively new to assessment practices. Many seasoned assessment practitioners attend as well. They come to learn strategies regarding how to teach others about assessment.  

For JMU Employees: These workshops are provided at no cost to current JMU faculty and staff (subject to availability). If you are a JMU faculty member and are interested in participating in this workshop, please email Paula Love, for more information.  

For External/non-JMU Employees: A limited number of seats have been reserved for external participants and are indicated below by session. If you are interested, you may register below. JMU charges a $1500 fee (or $1350 for early-bird registration) for external participants. The fee covers participation in the week-long workshop and materials provided during the course of the workshop.   

If you have further questions, please contact Paula Love (  

Assessment 101 Workshops are conducted virtually through a web-based learning management system. While this workshop is a full week’s commitment, the delivery of the content is divided up between synchronous and asynchronous assignments. You will be able to work through some of the materials at your own pace, while still having opportunities to engage and collaborate with the facilitators and other workshop participants.  

 Summer 2020 Dates 

June 15th - June 19th - Register 

July 13th - July 17th -  Register 

July 27th – July 31st - Register 

APT Raters & Rater Training

Assessment Progress Template (APT) Rating 

*Due to COVID-19, and budget uncertainties, APT Rating/training has been cancelled for July 2020. All ratings will be conducted by CARS personnel this year. If you are interested in rating in the future, contact the PASS office, and they can put your name on the list that we send to Dean's and Dept. Heads next year.  

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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