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Annual New England Assessment Conference

The 2nd Annual New England Assessment Conference

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15-16, 2018
Simon Center, Great Room
98 Bridge Street

New England College
Henniker, NH 03242

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

We hope you can join us for this conference which 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. In 2017, 225 individuals representing 90 institutions attended.

Tuesday, May 15 will include pre-convention workshops, a full-day pre-conference: Design Thinking Assessment, and an evening keynote. Keynote speakers include Tia Brown McNair from the Association of American Colleges and Universities and Ruth Newberry from Blackboard. Wednesday, May 16 will include a number of concurrent sessions that will include presentation and application opportunities.

There will be nearly 40 individual sessions covering three tracks:
• Student Learning Assessment
• Program Assessment
• General Assessment

Download the full schedule of sessions here.


The 2-day conference will run 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 and 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

8:00-9:00 a.m. 
Registration for ½ day Pre-Conference Workshops and full-day pre-conference: Design Thinking Assessment

9:00am-12:00 p.m.
½ day Pre-Conference Workshops

9:00am-4:00 p.m. 
Full day pre-conference: Design Thinking Assessment

12:00-1:00 p.m.

1:00-4:00 p.m. 
½ day Pre-Conference Workshops

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Conference Registration

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Special Presenters Welcome

4:00-6:00 p.m. 
Networking and Cocktails

6:15-7:00 p.m.
Conference Opening and Keynote Speaker (Dr. Ruth Newberry)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:40 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:40-9:20 a.m.
Keynote Speaker (Dr. Tia Brown McNair)

9:30-10:20 a.m.
Session Slot 1a

10:20-10:35 a.m.

10:35-11:25 am.
Session Slot 1b (Follow-up Sessions to Slot 1a Sessions)

11:30am-12:15 p.m. 
Lunch Group A and Networking Activities

12:15-12:45 p.m.
Lunch Group B and Networking Activities

1:00-1:45 p.m.
Session Slot 2a

1:45pm-2:00 p.m.

2:00-2:45 p.m.
Session Slot 2b (Follow-up Sessions to Slot 2a Sessions)

2:45-3:00 p.m.

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Expert Panel Discussion

4:00-4:30 p.m. 
Closing and Evaluation

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Tia Brown McNair
Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC


Dr. Tia Brown McNair oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success, including AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal series of yearly working conferences.

McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institute on High-Impact Educational Practices and Student Success. McNair serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives: Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation; Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success; and Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence. She directed AAC&U’s projects on Advancing Underserved Student Success through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning; Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success; and Developing a Community College Roadmap.

She is the lead author of the book Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success. McNair is a co-author on the publication Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices.

McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an M.A. in English from Radford University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.

Dr. Ruth Newberry
Senior Consulting Specialist at Blackboard


Dr. Ruth Newberry is Senior Consulting Specialist at Blackboard. Before joining Blackboard, she built a career spanning 25 years committed to education from experiences in K-12 through higher education.

Ruth offers a unique blend of operational, technology, problem management, and mentoring strengths. In her previous roles as an educator and educational technology administrator, she evidenced vision, versatility, creativity, and superb communication skills.

She designed, authored, and executed a comprehensive campus-wide faculty development program on classroom and online technologies to foster faculty understanding and develop their confidence in the rich possibilities technology brings to teaching and learning. She also worked with new and existing online programs to design student-centric course templates and to address learner performance, quality design, faculty satisfaction, academic integrity, and student retention.

Ruth has presented at numerous national and regional conferences on assessment readiness and best practices, faculty development, learner support, educational technologies and management, and strategic planning. She has been providing consulting and implementation services on assessment and competency education internationally and in the United States to more than 27 four-year and 13 two-year institutions across all teaching modalities, various disciplines, and in the private, public, and for-profit sectors. Her goal is to assist institutions with using Blackboard’s assessment and CBE tools to support institutional approaches and objectives and bring efficiencies and actionable data to support decision-making and improvements that affect the teaching and learning experience.

Newberry has a PhD in English and a background in curriculum development, learner assessment, pedagogy, and retention begun with her MA and BA in English and Secondary Education Certification.


There are two area hotels offering discounts for assessment conference attendees. The Best Western in Concord (603.228.4300) is offering a 20% discount if you mention the conference. The Hampton Inn in Bow (603.224.5322) is offering a rate of $96 if you mention the conference. You can book online at the Hampton Inn by visiting Other accommodations can be found here:


If you have any questions about this event please contact:

Gavin Henning

Gavin Henning
Professor, Higher Education / Program Director, Doctorate of Education, MS in Higher Education Administration, and MS in Campus Public Safety Administration

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