• 2022 Assessment 101 dates have been confirmed! See below for more information. Registration links are posted below. The links will remain active until all available seats are sold out.

Upcoming Events: 

Assessment 101

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. Faculty in Academic Affairs must be nominated by their Dean or Academic Unit Head to participate in Assessment 101. If you are a JMU faculty member and would like to participate in this workshop, please let your Dean or AUH know you are interested. The call for nominations usually occurs mid-spring. If you are a JMU Student Affairs faculty or staff member and you would like to participate, please contact Jonathan Stewart to express your interest. All other questions about Assessment 101 can be directed to Paula Melester (

For External/non-JMU Employees: A limited number of seats have been reserved for external participants in each virtual session and are indicated below by session. If you are interested, you may register below. JMU charges a $1,350 registration fee for external participants. The fee covers participation in the week-long workshop and materials provided during the workshop. 

If you have further questions, please contact Paula Melester ( 

Summer 2022 Workshops:

May 23rd – 27th, 2022 – Assessment 101 (in-person); open to JMU employees only

June 13th – 17th, 2022 – Assessment 101 (virtual); 20 seats open to external attendees – Register Here

August 1st – 5th, 2022 – Assessment 101 (virtual); 20 seats open to external attendees – Register Here

APT Raters & Rater Training

Assessment Progress Template (APT) Rating 

The 2022 APT Rating session will be held July 18th through  22nd.

CARS has asked for one rater per academic college. If you are interested in serving as a rater please contact your Dean. CARS will contact Deans in mid-spring for nominations.

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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