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Assessment Day - Building a Culture of Evidence in Excellence through Assessment

Face to Face: Thursday, November 9, 2023


Registration & Meal Inquiry Form (Due October 23)

Previous years agendas:

Create, engage, and support a process that allows you to pursue exciting and effective practices and pedagogy in building thriving communities for deep learning & student success.

Inquire with, Academic Innovation and Professional Development

What Will I Gain from Participating?

When reviewing the Fall 2022 evaluations:

  • 94% indicated that they were engaged.
  • 90% believed the content was relevant to their work.
  • 91% felt the information obtained was useful.
  • 87% indicated that they left accomplishing something important.
  • 90% indicated they plan to apply what they had learned.

Building a Culture of Evidence in Excellence through assessment is a process. A culture of evidence occurs when information is regularly collected for making decisions, including the commitment of resources. It requires all members of an educational community. Assessment is the most valid way of demonstrating the effectiveness of services, programs, and facilities.

It is evident that many at Bristol are already practicing aspects of assessment in some capacity. This is an opportunity to highlight some of the work you have been doing in terms of developing and measuring student learning outcomes, building curricular maps/rubrics, and creating innovative spaces for learning and competency attainment. Gathering data to build narratives that inform our work is important in building contemporary & inclusive practices. This occurs both within the curriculum and in co-curricular experiences.


Assessment Day is an opportunity to partner & collaborate with colleagues to create, engage, and support processes that allow you to pursue exciting and effective practices and pedagogy. The day provides workshops to support work in building thriving communities for deep learning & student success.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • As a result of attending at least (2) two workshops, participants will be able to list up to (3) three assessment concepts (SLOs, Assessment Steps, Assessment tools, Rubric design) related to their work.
  • As a result of attending at least (2) two workshops, participants will be able to apply at least (1) one concept towards a current or future assessment initiative (SLOs, curriculum mapping, rubric design, alignment, identify areas of assessment).
  • As a result of attending at least (2) two workshops, participants will be able to develop one (1) actionable step within their area that contributes to building a Culture of Evidence.

Ways To Engage:

Facilitate a Workshop

We welcome those whose work reflects elements of assessment to submit a program idea for review. This is inclusive of the entire community, Academic and Non-Academic areas.

Please note that Lash is making every effort to build resources to assist the community’s work in building a Culture of Evidence. Submissions must include a description of a “take-away” document that guides the practice being presented. After Assessment Day, this document will be uploaded via the Institutional Assessment webpage. Additionally, you may be asked to record your presentation later for the development of a virtual presentation library. Due Date: October 23

Submit to Participate!

Customized Program Review & CAS Functional Review Session

The goal of Assessment Day was for participants to engage, find the time useful, accomplish at least one goal, learn something new, and have a “next steps” plan. At least eighty-eight percent (88%) of participants who engaged in a customized session agreed or strongly agreed with the above-stated goals.

Space has been carved out to address customized Program Review work and CAS Functional Review (in addition to (2) two workshop sessions). In addition to submitting for a workshop, please use the below form to request use of time for department specific work. The time block will be the same for all customized work and will not interfere with the ability to attend workshops. If you plan to be part of a customized work block, you will not be able to participate in the scoring of artifacts. Due Date: October 23

Submit to Participate!

New for Fall 2023: General Education Rubric Review

Our institution's goal is to build narratives demonstrating student learning and competency attainment so that we can ensure (for accreditation purposes and beyond) the quality of programs, enhance our strengths, and improve our practices in ways that meet or exceed educational quality. An explanation of the development of our competencies can be found here

The Rubrics were provided by the Multi-State Collaborative and grounded in the AAC&U LEAP framework now under The Value Institute. It is time to ensure the rubric aligns well with our Student Learning Outcomes and is representative of Bristol’s curriculum rigor.

Space has been carved out to address three competencies (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning, Ethical Dimensions, and Human Expression). We need your assistance!  Additional opportunities will extend beyond Assessment Day to ensure alignment and develop assignments that can be considered for designated courses. Due Date: October 23

Submit to Participate!

Facilitation or Participation in the Artifact Collection Scoring

GenEd Competency - Global and Historical Awareness

92% of participants indicated that through this process, they had a better understanding of the importance of artifact submission/collection in relation to evidence connected to competency attainment. An impressive 96% of participants indicated they would participate again and 90% of participants learned something from their colleagues as it relates to measuring learning through a rubric.

Join a group of colleagues to review and score assignments for the Information Literacy and Scientific Reasoning & Discovery competency. All identifiers are redacted.  If you plan to be part of a scoring session, you will not be able to participate in a department/division customized block of time.

Due date: October 23.

Be Trained as a Facilitator

All those interested in being a facilitator must engage in a two-part training session. The first part is a pre-recorded session and can be found below. The second part is a virtual synchronous training session with all facilitators.

Part I​

The General Education Competency & Norming/Scoring Process ​
(Pre-Recorded session)​

Part II​

Exercise, Q&A​
Scheduled Training Meeting (Must register to receive link)

Submit to participate!

Artifact Collection Submission

One way of telling the student learning & student success narrative is by collecting artifacts (course assignments) that directly reflect the General Education competencies. The collection of artifacts across courses/sections & programs offers an inclusive curriculum narrative grounded in evidence describing student learning and demonstrating competency attainment. Learn more here. 

Due date: October 23.

Artifact Collection Process - learn what makes a strong scoreable artifact. Learn how the artifact is redacted, scored, and used.

Student Artifact Collection Form