National assessment expert on campus this week

April 1, 2014 | Events, News, UToday
By Aimee Portala

Dr. Barbara Walvoord, a national student learning assessment expert, is visiting The University of Toledo to help continue the improvement of UT’s assessment processes.



In conjunction with the Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Program Review and the University Assessment Committee, Walvoord will conduct a two-day workshop and discussion for various department chairs, teams and faculty members from a variety of academic disciplines to further develop existing assessment tools and procedures.

Walvoord will be the keynote speaker at the Assessment Appreciation Luncheon Wednesday, April 2. Excellence in Assessment Awards for 2012-13 also will be presented at the event.

“Inviting a nationally recognized expert in student learning assessment will provide UT with an outsider’s perspective on our current assessment process,” said Dr. Alana Malik, learning outcomes assessment specialist in the Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Program Review. “Her approach to assessment is direct and focused on obtaining meaningful results for faculty and staff members. Her visit will help to build on the Imagine 2017 strategic goal of strengthening student learning assessment practices throughout campus.”

Walvoord is a professor emerita at the University of Notre Dame. She has consulted or led workshops at more than 400 institutions of higher education throughout the United States. She covers topics that include assessment, teaching and learning, and writing across the curriculum.

She is the founding director of four faculty development programs at Central College in Iowa, Loyola College in Maryland, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Notre Dame. Each program has received national recognition.

“We hope that the campus community gains a better appreciation for and knowledge of how to develop and sustain strong assessment practices that complement and encourage excellence in teaching and support for students,” Malik said.

For more information, contact Malik at

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