Second Annual Assessment Training and Research Institute (ATaRI)

Venue: Aloft Tallahassee Downtown

Location: Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Event Date/Time: May 17, 2010 End Date/Time: May 19, 2010
Registration Date: Apr 25, 2010
Early Registration Date: Feb 25, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 15, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Feb 15, 2010
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Assessment Training and Research Institute

About the Assessment Training and Research Institute
Pressures from the public and requirements to document institutional effectiveness are some of the forces that have brought assessment into the limelight. It is a good thing that institutions are waking up to the clarion call to provide solid evidence of student learning outcomes. Assessment is a multi-step process as reflected in the F.A.M.O.U.S. Approach, which has been tested and found to be easily adaptable and implementable.

The Assessment Training and Research Institute is designed for practitioners to develop/reinforce the skills for designing and managing the challenges of implementing assessment programs, processes, or projects. In particular, participants of the ATARI will be guided through each step of the F.A.M.O.U.S. Approach and the provided hands-on experiences will give them the confidence necessary to implement and manage successful assessment systems. Concurrent sessions focused on “closing-the-loop” will also allow for participants to share their experiences with implementing desirable changes based on assessment findings.

Institute Theme and Areas of Interest
The 2nd Annual ATaRI theme is “The Closed Loop: Where is the Evidence?” Consistent with this theme, we are accepting proposals to be presented that highlight research related to assessment efforts, particularly research on how assessment activities have enhanced student performance, student services, as well as developed institutional effectiveness.

Topic Areas of Interest are:
 Improvement decisions triggered by assessment results. What kinds of changes/improvements in programs/services have resulted from assessment findings? What key findings from assessment guided these changes/improvements? What specific roles, if any, were played by key stakeholders (faculty, students, staff, and administrators) in the change/improvement process? What are the lessons learned from this process that can be beneficial to others?
 Impact of assessment on programs/institutional effectiveness with focus on areas such as improvement, accountability, or accreditation. How has assessment made a difference in the program/institution’s effectiveness in achieving improvement, accountability, or accreditation? What impact has assessment made with regards to student learning outcomes, student service outcomes, or the institution’s processes outcomes? What are the lessons learned that can be beneficial to others?
 Implemented improvements based on assessment results: course/classroom, program/department, institutional level, or student affairs. What specific improvements, as a result of assessment, were achieved at the course or program levels for instructional programs? How were processes improved at the unit or divisional level for administrative units as a result of assessment? What evidence is available to show changes and improvements? What differences or improvements has assessment enabled? What are the lessons learned that can be beneficial to others?
 Obtaining/securing grant funding based on assessment results. What roles did the assessment process play in securing funding? How were the assessment results used in this process of obtaining funding? What are the lessons learned from this process that can be beneficial to others?
 Improving student enrollment and retention. How did the assessment processes lead to improvement in student enrollment and retention? How were the assessment results used for improving student enrollment and retention? What are the lessons learned that can be beneficial to others and the next steps?


200 North Monroe Street
United States

Additional Information

Registration Information: Hotel Information: The host hotel for ATaRI will be the Aloft Tallahassee Downtown. To make reservations, call 850-513-0313 or 1-877-462-5638 and mention FAMU Assessment Training, Group Code/Type: /SMERF. The cost of the hotel will be $99.00 per night plus tax. Reservations must be received by 04/25/2010. Aloft Tallahassee Downtown 200 North Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32301 Phone: (850) 513-0313 Fax: (850) 513-0316 Registration Deadline: April 25, 2010 Payments may be brought to the site; however, the registration form must be submitted no later than April 25, 2010. Early registration will not be accepted after February 25, 2010. Cancellations received on or before April 25, 2010 will receive a refund less a $75.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be awarded after April 25, 2010. Early Registration---$250.00 received by February 25, 2010 Regular Registration---$325.00 received by April 25, 2010 Late/Onsite Payment*---$400.00 *cash/check/money order only All forms of payment should be made payable to Florida A&M University Please mail registration to: Florida A&M University Office of University Assessment P.O. Box 70600 Tallahassee, FL 32307 FAX: (850) 412-5267 ~ Voice: (850) 412-5265 For additional conference information contact: Brandi Newkirk (850) 412-5266 **Registration will only be confirmed when payment is enclosed**