assessment conference logoJoin us for the 12th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Tia Brown McNair, Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the lead author of the book, From Equity Talk to Equity Walk, the topic of Harper’s Summer 2020 Book Club!

In addition to overseeing both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact practices, and student success, Dr. Tia Brown McNair also serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives:

Dr. Tia Brown McNair’s areas of expertise include: Underserved Student Success, Engagement, and Inclusion; Assessing High-Impact Practices and Intentionality; Inquiry-Based Analysis; Cross-Divisional Collaboration; Equity-Minded Data Analysis and Decision Making; Institutional Planning; and Project Development and Implementation. She earned her doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.

Conference Details:

This professional development opportunity is open to faculty and staff. Attend one or more sessions and earn up to 0.35 CEUs!

Schedule of Events:

  • 9 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Keynote – “Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Equity”: Dr. Tia Brown McNair will highlight key strategies for achieving equity goals, based on case studies and recommendations outlined in her book, From Equity Talk to Equity Walk.
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Workshop – “Assessment Through an Equity Lens”: Dr. Tia Brown McNair will lead this interactive workshop that will include strategies for assessment that embrace learner-centered, equitable policies and practices, and engage multiple campus stakeholders to support a high-quality liberal education for all students.
  • 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Session 1 – “Assessing Outcomes in a Remote Environment”: In this panel presentation and discussion, Harper faculty and staff (Patty Bruner, Julie Ellefson, Rich Johnson, Deann Surdo, and Jose Vital) will address the challenges and successes of conducting assessment in a virtual environment.
  • 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Session 2 – “General Education Assessment Update”: Members of the Learning Assessment Committee and its work groups (Mike Bates, Jim Edstrom, Nellie Khalil, and Deann Surdo) will share the results of the Spring 2020 Information Literacy assessment, the Spring 2020 Diverse Perspectives and Cultures follow-up assessment, and more!

View the Conference Agenda and the Assessment Conference HIP page for more details and contact Deann Surdo ( with any questions.