Assessment and Evaluation as the Cornerstones for Continuous Improvement

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Webinar at 2 p.m. ET

Continuous improvement sounds great—but where do you start? Join three leaders from regional public universities and an ETS assessment expert as they discuss key concepts and how they can be translated into real-world action. The discussion will highlight the importance of defining student learning outcomes (SLOs); practical ways to make valid inferences from SLO data; and using results to create, sustain, and advance a culture of continuous improvement for student and program success. Following the discussion, there will be ample time for Q&A.

Key topics will include:

  • Continuous improvement through well-defined objectives
  • Mapping assessments to learning outcomes
  • The importance of culturally responsive assessment
  • Assessment case studies from AASCU institutions 

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Kathryn (Katie) Pedley

Kathryn (Katie) Pedley is the director and R&D liaison for Global Higher Education at ETS. She is responsible for the oversight of the ETS Global Higher Education research agenda. Pedley has more than 25 years of experience in research, most recently as the director of psychometrics and data analytics for College Board programs at ETS. She has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, most recently co-authoring ETS Best Practices in Constructed Response Scoring (2021). Pedley holds a Ph.D. in psychological studies in education (measurement and evaluation), as well as a master’s degree in neurophysiology, from the University of Alberta; she earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from McMaster University in Canada. Throughout her career, she has been committed to the principles of fairness and equity in educational opportunities.

Bree Dority

Bree Dority is the associate dean of curriculum and operations in the College of Business and Technology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Her responsibilities are focused on curriculum management and assessment in undergraduate and graduate programs; accreditation reports and processes; transfer opportunities with community colleges and international schools; enrollment management, recruitment, and retention efforts; and college communication. Dority is a professor of finance and has taught a variety of classes for the economics, finance, and construction management programs. Her research is Nebraska-focused. Dority recently helped develop the first economic prosperity and quality-of-life benchmarking tool for the nonmetropolitan and small metropolitan regions of Nebraska, known as the Nebraska Thriving Index.

Bhavik K. Pathak

Bhavik K. Pathak is the associate dean of graduate programs and accreditation and professor of decision sciences at the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at Indiana University South Bend. His primary research interest is on the impact of internet technologies on business. He has been published in premier academic journals, including the Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Journal of Retailing, Electronic Markets, and Communications of the AIS. Pathak serves as associate editor of Decision Support Systems. He earned a Ph.D. in operations and information management from the University of Connecticut.

Michael Porter

Michael Porter is the director of accreditation and continuous improvement at Alabama A&M University’s College of Business and Public Affairs. Porter has more than 15 years of experience working in higher education. Having worked at an accrediting body where he was directly responsible for drafting standards and overseeing continuous improvement initiatives in several colleges and universities, Porter has significant expertise in accreditation and augmenting institutional excellence. Throughout his career, Porter has had a strong emphasis on student success, accountability, and the types of strategic initiatives that colleges and universities establish to enable greater levels of student achievement. In his current role as director of accreditation and continuous improvement at Alabama A&M University’s College of Business and Public Affairs, Porter is responsible for leading and managing all of the college’s accreditation activities and overseeing its assessment systems and student success efforts. He is a graduate of Florida International University where he earned a doctorate in higher education. He has also earned graduate degrees in public policy and management from the University of York in England.


Terry Brown

Terry Brown is the vice president for academic innovation and transformation at AASCU. She oversees a division that provides programming and services to help members fulfill their academic mission, primarily in the areas of civic engagement, international education, student success, and teacher education. She served for nearly 25 years in the University of Wisconsin System as tenured faculty in the field of English and as an academic leader at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and served as provost at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Most recently, she served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia. She is an advocate for accessible, affordable public higher education, a cause which motivates her work and informs her decisions. In nearly 20 years of academic leadership, Brown has led colleges and universities in integrated and strategic academic and enrollment planning, aligning budget and space resources to academic priorities. As a first-generation college student, she is committed to student success and spearheaded several efforts to increase college completion.

Target Audience

  • Provosts, Vice Provosts, and Associate Provosts
  • Deans and Associate Deans
  • Chairs and Professors




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