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Our Programs:
Assessment 101

The nationally-acclaimed (NASPA Silver Award) virtual assessment workshop is conducted in a focused and supportive environment. Spanning five days, participants have an opportunity to engage in all components of the assessment cycle, including program theory and implementation fidelity. Further, participants complete an assessment-related project of their choosing. Delivery includes a balance of synchronous and asynchronous instruction and assignments. The first session is spread across five weeks: Synchronous meetings will be held on Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, and Mar 1, 2024. The second session is five consecutive days:  June 3 – 7, 2024.  Learn more and sign up.

Assessment Certificate Program

The 12-credit graduate certificate in the Higher Education Assessment Specialist program is designed for professionals engaging in assessment practice in higher education. All coursework is delivered entirely online and the certificate, facilitated by the School of Professional Development and Continuing Education, can be earned in less than a year. Learn more about the certificate program.

Graduate Programs in Assessment

CARS is directly linked to two academic programs:

  • the Assessment & Measurement PhD, and
  • the Psychological Sciences MA. This relationship fosters the cutting-edge assessment scholarship produced and practiced by CARS. Learn more about graduate programs.
Why Assessment at JMU?

Founded in 1988, the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) is national leader in assessment. CARS’s success is in part due to its symbiotic relationship with the Assessment and Measurement doctoral program. This close connection means that JMU’s assessment is supported by both faculty and students in the program. And, because of the academic nature of the program much scholarship has been produced related to the field of assessment. CARS has won over a dozen national awards in assessment and is proud to offer resources and professional development to our community. 

International reputation for excellence
Host of many assessment resources
Practicing assessment since 1988
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