Provocative Questions and Courageous Answers about Teaching, Learning, and Assessment - Is Higher Education Accomplishing what it Said it Would?
Critiques about the outcomes students experience from postsecondary education abound – as do differing opinions about the value of degrees and credentials students earn, and of the value of higher education itself. Join us for a candid conversation with a distinguished group of higher education professionals who will grapple with issues surrounding student achievement in all of our institutions. They will explore fundamental questions about how we know that our students learn and what contributes to that learning, including:
- Are we gaining insights that are improving student learning and success?
- Are we asking the right questions about student learning?
- Where do we get it right and where do we need to reframe?
- What are the myths and where is the truth in narratives about assessment?
John Etchemendy, Professor of Philosophy and former Provost (2000-2017), Stanford University
Sharon B. Hamill, Professor of Developmental Psychology and Faculty Director, CSU Institute for Palliative Care at California State University, San Marcos
Natasha Jankowski, Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and Research Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Jose F. Moreno, Associate Professor of Latino Education & Policy Studies, Chicano & Latino Studies Department, California State University, Long Beach
Kelly Wahl, Director of Statistical Analysis and Assessment Coordinator, Division of Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Los Angeles
John Etchemendy has been a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University since 1983, and served as Stanford’s 10th Provost from 2000 to 2017. He is also a faculty member of the Symbolic Systems Program and a senior researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI). Earlier in his tenure at Stanford, Etchemendy served as senior associate dean in the School of Humanities and Sciences and as the director of the Center for the Study of Language and Information. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, on the governing council of the Association for Symbolic Logic, an editor of the Journal of Symbolic Logic, and on the editorial boards of Synthese and Philosophia Mathematica. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno and received his doctorate at Stanford. Dr. Etchemendy served on the WSCUC Commission from 2012 to 2017.
Sharon B. Hamill, earned her Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine where she was a NIMH Pre-Doctoral Fellow. She is a Professor of Developmental Psychology and Faculty Director of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care at California State University, San Marcos; she is a former Psychology Department Chair and Program Director for Child and Adolescent Development. Her research focuses on youth caregivers and how palliative care can alleviate suffering and promote higher quality of life for patients and their families. Dr. Hamill has held many CSUSM assessment positions including the Director of Academic Assessment, the GE Assessment Coordinator, and the campus Accreditation Liaison Officer; she is a proud graduate of Cohort IV of the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy. Dr. Hamill is a past recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Service and the Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching, research and service. Dr. Hammill is currently serving as a WSCUC Commissioner.
Natasha Jankowski, is Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has presented at numerous national conferences and institutional events and is co-author, along with her NILOA colleagues, of the book Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education, and also Degrees That Matter: Moving Higher Education to a Learning Systems Paradigm with David Marshall. Her main research interests include assessment and evaluation, organizational evidence use, and evidence-based storytelling. She holds a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University, and a B.A. in philosophy from Illinois State University. She previously worked for GEAR UP Learning Centers at Western Michigan University and worked with the Office of Community College Research and Leadership studying community colleges and public policy.
Jose F. Moreno is an Associate Professor of Latino Education & Policy Studies and past Chair of the Chicano & Latino Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. A graduate of UC Irvine and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dr. Moreno is a widely published author in the field of educational access, equity and evaluation including an edited volume titled The Elusive Quest for Quality: 150 Years of Chicano/a Education published by the Harvard Education Review Publishing Group. He is a past Co-Chair of the Editorial Board of the Harvard Educational Review and researcher for the Harvard University Civil Rights Project. Dr. Moreno currently serves on the Anaheim City Council and served two terms on the Board of Education for the Anaheim City School District, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Community Housing Corporation. In 2018 Dr. Moreno was honored as the California State LULAC Man of the Year and in 2017 recognized with a “New American Hero” award by the New American Leaders Project.
Kelly Wahl is the Director of Statistical Analysis and Assessment Coordinator for the Division of Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has conducted institutional research for over twenty years at institutions including large research-intensive publics (UCLA and the University of Massachusetts Amherst), medium-sized privates (Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University), and the largest urban community college system in the United States (the Los Angeles Community College District). He has participated on thirteen visiting teams for WSCUC, most frequently serving as his team’s Assistant Chair. Among his special interests in institutional research are data mining studies of student information system data, institution-wide key performance measure identification and interpretation, learning outcomes assessment, and scale development using survey data. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in Psychology and English, and his MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.