Assess-a-Palooza 2024: Connecting & Telling IC’s Assessment Story

This year's Assessment symposium is dedicated to celebrating and enhancing Ithaca College’s robust culture of excellence in fostering transformative learning experiences for students. We’ll have a keynote by Dr. Debora Ortloff, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Assessment at SUNY’s Finger Lakes Community College and IC alum '98.


This event is an opportunity for faculty to share best practices, learn new strategies, and participate in workshops on how best to assess and augment our teaching. Come share your success in educating your students and helping prepare them to be engaged, thoughtful citizens. As we engage in our self-study process for Middle States, our goal is to inspire transformative academic journeys for our students and further align our assessment efforts with Ithaca College’s mission. Don’t miss this chance to contribute to our ongoing adventure of assessment and improvement and key opportunities to network with cross-campus colleagues.

Breakfast and lunch 
provided along with coffee all day! Please feel free to forward this invite to colleagues.


What you will walk away with: 

  • A look at some of the amazing work our colleagues and students are doing and how we can capture & communicate that story in assessment  
  • An opportunity to explore how you are using oral communication, critical thinking, and ethics and values in your classrooms and programs 
  • Connection of the assessment process to the mission & vision of IC and what makes our institution and our programs unique  
  • Ideas for how to capture the transformative learning that happens in our classrooms and beyond 
  • Practical strategies from your colleagues for making assessment meaningful 
  • Ideas for closing the loop on your assessment findings 
  • And an opportunity to prepare for next year’s assessment process 

In addition to the keynote and table talk session, two sets of breakout sessions will be offered on the following topics: 
  - Assessing Critical Thinking Skills
  - Assessing Ethics & Values
  - Assessing Oral Communication Skills
  - Enacting your Data Collection and Analysis Plans for the ’24 Assessment Cycle


Facilitators: Eren Akdur (Management), Chrystyna Dail (Theater Studies), Toby Dragon (Computer Science), Debora Hinderliter Ortloff (Keynote speaker), Liz Miller (Speech Language Pathology & Audiology), Hormoz Movassaghi (Finance), Tatiana Patrone (Philosophy & Religion), Mai An Rumney (Academic Affairs), Nick Sagan (Writing for Film, TV, & Emerging Media), Kim Wilkinson (Occupational Therapy) 

Wednesday, May 22 at 8:30am to 3:00pm

Emerson Suites

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