• Summer 2021 Assessment 101 workshop dates are now available. We are pleased to announce that the workshops will be entirely virtual, and the early-bird discount is being extended to all sessions in 2021. The registration rate for these workshops will be $1,350 for all participants regardless of when you register.
  • Assessment Academy registration for Fall 2021 now available.

Upcoming Events: 

June 14-18, 2021 – Assessment 101 Virtual Workshop (Session 1)
July 12-16, 2021 – Assessment 101 Virtual Workshop (Session 2)

Assessment 101

We know there is a lot of uncertainty about what is to come in 2021. We also know that given current circumstances, travel is not a guarantee at many institutions. We're happy to announce that our Assessment 101 workshops will be held virtually again in summer 2021.

About Assessment 101

In this nationally-acclaimed (NASPA Silver Award winning) workshop, you will learn about assessment in a focused 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 Melester, for more information. 

For External/non-JMU Employees: A limited number of seats have been reserved for external participants in each session and are indicated below by session. If you are interested, you may register below. JMU charges a $1,500 fee (or $1,350 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. 

Early Bird Rate extended for all registrations in 2021. Assessment 101 for ALL summer 2021 sessions will be $1,350 per participant!

If you have further questions, please contact Paula Melester ( 

Session 1: June 14th - June 18th, 2021 (Register Here)

Session 2: July 12th - July 16th, 2021 (Register Here)

Assessment Academy

Completed Assessment 101, but still feel like you want to know or learn more? Assessment Academy takes your assessment knowledge to the next level by immersing you in multi-week modules designed to meet your needs. Covering the assessment-cycle more in-depth, these modules include:

  • Creating student learning objectives based in program theory
  • Developing and finding measures with an in-depth focus on reliability and validity
  • Examining the assessment cycle through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • And more!

Each module lasts an entire semester, and you’ll have the opportunity to bring in and use your own work to help improve the way you do assessment. Sign up as an individual or with a group from your team/unit/department.

For more information on Assessment Academy, click Assessment Academy.

APT Raters & Rater Training

Assessment Progress Template (APT) Rating 

*Due to COVID-19, APT Rating opportunities for 2021 are still being determined. Check back for more information soon.   

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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