Absolute success the Best Practices in Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness Showcase Event in New York

Live transmission via Ustream was available the day of the event. <br />Online participants were able to exchange their comments and <br />questions with presenters via chat. Click here to access the videos.

From left to right: President Ricardo Fernández, Lehman College -Host, Vice Chancellor Eduardo Martí, HETS Chairman, Speaker: Ms. Geralyn Marchisello, Queens- borough Community College, Speaker: Dr. Ross E. Miller,Berkeley College, Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director, Speaker: Dr. Christoper Davis, John Jay College and Speaker: Dr. Richard LaManna, Bronx Community College.

The HETS Consortium recognizes the significance to diffuse an assessment culture and applying effective and efficient assessment tools. Toward this end, on June 29, HETS successfully presented the Assessment Event: Best Practices in Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness Showcase at Lehman College (LC). In order to establish an overall strategy to promote effective development and implementation of assessment efforts through the innovative and strategic use of technology to our Member Institutions; four presentations were selected to showcase their Best Practices. During the event more than 55 attendees had the opportunity to focus on the presentations from Member Institutions: John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JJC), Queensborough Community College (QBCC), Berkeley College (BC) and Bronx Community College (BCC).

The event was brilliantly directed by Prof. Robert Whittaker, Associate Provost (LC) with the assistance of Prof. Alfredo Calderón. The session opened with the presentation Assessing Hispanic, Generation 1.5 student’s ability to find and correct recurring grammatical errors in their college writing by Dr. Christopher Davis, Director of the Center for English Language Support (JJC) followed by Ms. Geralyn Marchisello, Research Associate (QBCC), who proceeded with her dissertation on Integrative Learning Rubric Assessment Process. During the afternoon the event continued with presentations: Pragmatic Assessment: What Difference Does it Make? by Dr. Ross E. Miller, Assistant Vice President of Assessment and Institutional Research (BC) and Navigating the Assessment Voyage: Steering the Loop with Course Learning Outcomes by Dr. Richard LaManna, Academic Assessment Manager (BCC). To learn more about these presentations just click on the title of your interest to access the excerpts from the presenters.

Among the attendees were present faculty members and administrators from several member institutions from Puerto Rico and New York, as well as the HETS Board Members, representative of HETS Corporate Partners ETS and COBIMET and special guest from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Tito Guerrero III, Vice President, MSCHE. At the same time, the event was transmitted live via Ustream. Online participants had the opportunity to submit their comments and questions to presenters through a chat platform connected to this transmission.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has continuously stressed the importance of providing evidence that educational institutions are achieving their goals through solid and effective assessment practices. For the benefit of the audience, the HETS Consortium shared best practices in the development and application of assessment tools and strategies among its member institutions. This was an excellent opportunity to identify and share strategies, in higher education, focused on impacting the Hispanic student population by enhancing retention, college completion, and successful learning outcomes. Attendees were able not only to learn from the showcased works, but also find solutions to many common issues and even establish new possibilities for collaboration with other institutions and potential partners. To watch the U-stream transmission of this event, please click here.

HETS would like to express a special gratitude for the unconditional support from Dr. Ricardo Fernández, President, LC for hosting this event, also to Mr. Migdio Domínguez and his technical team at LC who made possible the live Ustream transmission of this event. For more information about this or other HETS event please contact the HETS office at 787-766-2600 exts. 8910, 8911 or via e-mail to: info@hets.org.

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