Wednesday April 10, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
No Charge
Special Interest Group: AALHE - Creative and Courageous Ideas for Sustainable Assessment

This special interest group (SIG) supports two of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education’s (AALHE) strategic goals: to provide “professional development for…assessment practitioners” and to develop “new and next-generation assessment practitioners”. Participants in this SIG will investigate creative and courageous ideas related to sustainable assessment.

The UN World Commission on Environment and Development offers that sustainability entails meeting our current needs while considering the next generation. When learning assessment efforts are sustainable, they are rooted in a sense of common stewardship for continuous improvement. During this interactive session we will use techniques from Appreciative Inquiry to design strategies that will encourage transformational change (i.e., an intentional shift from current methodologies) to sustainable learning outcomes assessment on our campuses. Session participants will also identify the knowledge and skills necessary for this transformation.

This session will provide an opportunity to identify areas for professional development that can be shared with groups such as AALHE. Additionally, participants will network and exchange ideas with colleagues and return to their respective campuses refreshed and renewed with new ideas and a broader support system.

Participants will:

  • Explore the concept of sustainable assessment
  • Use techniques of appreciative inquiry to dream, discover, and design
  • Identify potential areas of professional development
  • Cultivate relationships with colleagues


Monica Stitt-Bergh
Assessment Specialist, Assessment Office University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Past President, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE)
Valerie Landau
Associate Director of the Center for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, Samuel Merritt University
AALHE member
Melissa Simnitt
Assessment Specialist for Academic Programs, CSU San Marcos
AALHE member
David Turbow
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, American University of Health Sciences
AALHE member
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