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The 4th Annual Higher Education Assessment Conference sponsored by New England College

Assessment and Equity: Methods Matter

Monday and Tuesday, May 11-12, 2020
New England College
Henniker, NH 03242

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If you work in higher education and are committed to student success and program improvement, this event is for you!

The conference is a gathering of faculty, staff, and administrators from across the New England region to develop capacity to assess student learning and success as well as effectiveness of programs and services. Taking place at the New England College campus in Henniker, NH, the 2020 event will be May 11-12. Monday, May 11 will include pre-convention workshops. Tuesday, May 12 will be filled with concurrent sessions and multiple opportunities to apply what you learn.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jillian Kinzie.

There will be nearly 40 individual sessions covering four tracks.

  • Equity and Assessment
  • Student Learning Assessment
  • Program Assessment
  • General Assessment


The cost of the conference is $50 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, as well as coffee/tea throughout the day. Pre-conference sessions are $20 each.


More detailed information will be forthcoming.

Monday, May 11, 2020

8:00-9:00 a.m., Registration for Pre-Conference Workshops
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ½ day Pre-Conference Workshops
12:00-1:00 p.m., Lunch
1:00-4:00 p.m., ½ day Pre-Conference Workshops

Detailed Pre-Conference workshop information can be found here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

8:00-9:00 a.m., Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15 a.m., Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15-10:00 a.m., Keynote Speaker
10:15-11:00 a.m., Session Slot 1
11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Session Slot 2
12:00-12:30 p.m., Lunch Group A/Poster Session
12:30-1:00 p.m., Lunch Group B/Poster Session
1:15-2:00 p.m., Session Slot 3
1:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Break
2:15-3:00 p.m., Session Slot 4

Call for Proposals

The call for programs is also open. The Conference Committee is seeking conference sessions and posters regarding assessment in higher education including assessing online teaching, assessing student learning in and out of the classroom, program effectiveness assessment, and more. Program proposals are due March 1, 2020.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jillian Kinzie

Dr. Jillian Kinzie is Associate Director of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute. She conducts research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality, and serves as senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) project.

She is co-author of Assessment in Student Affairs (2016), Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (2015), Student Success in College (2005/2010), and One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (2008/2014) and has published in many journals including the Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Liberal Education and New Directions for Teaching and Learning. She is co-editor of New Directions in Higher Education and serves on the boards of the Washington Internship Institute, and the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. She received the Robert J. Menges Honored Presentation by the Professional Organizational Development (POD) Network in 2005 and 2011.

Jillian’s research interests include assessment of college and university quality, first year student development, teaching and learning in college, equity and student success in college, high-impact practices, learning outcomes assessment, and women in underrepresented fields.

Jillian earned her PhD from Indiana University in higher education with a minor in women’s studies. Prior to this, she served on the faculty of Indiana University and coordinated the master’s program in higher education and student affairs. She also worked in academic and student affairs at Miami University and Case.


Overnight accommodations can be reserved by contacting the Best Western in Concord, NH at 603.228.4300. Mention the conference and New England College for a 20% discount on the room rate. Participants can also get a discounted room rate of $96 per night (plus tax) at the Hampton Inn in Bow, NH, by calling 603.224.5322.


If you have any questions about this event please contact:

Gavin Henning

Gavin Henning
Professor, Higher Education / Program Director, Doctorate of Education and MS in Higher Education Administration Programs

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