The Higher Learning Commission offers training workshops to aid institutions in improving the quality of higher education they provide.
May 22 – 24: AQIP Strategy Forum (By Invitation Only)
The Strategy Forum provides a team of institutional leaders the opportunity to plan enhancements to their quality improvement program in a creative, supportive environment. Teams must include seven or eight members.
The Strategy Forum uses an institution’s feedback report from its Systems Appraisal as a case study in institutional debriefing, focusing a team of faculty, staff, and administrators on developing and fine-tuning processes for continuous institutional learning. Strengthening the mechanisms that transform institutional learning into continuous improvement of key processes and performance results is essential in helping AQIP colleges and universities transform feedback from the Systems Appraisals (and other internal and external feedback mechanisms) into concrete plans for future improvements.
June 5 – 7: Academy Results Forum (By Invitation Only)
The Results Forum is the Academy’s culminating event. It is designed to showcase a institution’s assessment work and progress while participating in the Academy; and to focus on sustainability and advancement plans for the future.
The team at the institution that has been responsible for Academy work to date and for planning future work should plan to attend the Forum, as a significant portion of the Forum’s schedule will be devoted to sustaining assessment and improvement of learning efforts.
The first half of the Forum will showcase the work of the institutions attending the Forum, while the second half will provide teams with mentors to help them develop their plans for sustaining and advancing that work.
June 5 – 7: Academy Roundtable (By Invitation Only)
The Academy Roundtable is a two and one half day event at which teams from institutions participating in the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning propose Action Portfolios and critique and improve their own portfolios as well as those of other institutions in consultation with Academy mentors and Commission staff. Action Portfolios are projects, strategies, initiatives, or processes that lead to demonstrating results of assessing and improving student learning.
July 23 – 24: The Early Workshop: Current Expectations for Assessment of Student Learning, General Education, and Student Success (Open Enrollment)
This full-day, interactive session offers a first look at the Commission’s evolving expectations for assessment, general education, and student persistence and completion in the New Criteria for Accreditation. Ample time is given to group discussion and Q & A on the expectations and the Criteria. Current policy changes and implications for institutions are addressed.
July 24 – 26: Assessment Workshop: Making a Difference in Student Learning – Assessment as a Core Strategy (Open Enrollment)
This team-based workshop combines interactive concurrent sessions with mentored teamwork to produce a plan and strategies for implementing assessment projects on campus. Institutions should send teams of no more than eight and no fewer than three members.
July 24 – 26: Academy Roundtable for Returning Institutions (By Invitation Only)
This Roundtable workshop provides a facilitated storyboarding process that enables institutions to make modifications and/or add learning strategies to their current Action Portfolio. The Academy Roundtable for Returning Institutions is a two and one half day event at which teams from institutions participating in the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning propose changes or additions to their Action Portfolios and critique and improve their own portfolios as well as those of other institutions in consultation with Academy facilitators (mentors) and Commission staff. Institutions should send teams of no more than eight and no fewer than three members.