The Joy of Assessment

Romancing Narratives of Student Success from Outcomes and Rubrics

Assessment: we must do it, so let's make it useful! Panelists from different accrediting regions and varied programs—from the community college to the BA and BFA to the MFA—discuss practical ways to develop learning outcomes, write meaningful outcomes criteria, gather data, and describe the results. This panel provides ideas to streamline the assessment process, meet accreditors' expectations, and communicate the value of our programs as we identify ways to improve them.

Many AWP members are required to participate in program assessment, and AWP can offer support for these faculty to create assessment processes that improve their creative writing programs and the discipline as a whole. Our panelists have expertise and hands-on experience in all phases of assessment, in all levels of higher education, and in creative writing pedagogy. Assessment is difficult in the arts and humanities, yet it is vital to keep pace with trends that define the university.


Anna Leahy, Chapman University
Mary Cantrell, Tulsa Community College
Aileen Murphy, Virginia Tech
Judith Baumel, Adelphi University
Stephanie Vanderslice, University of Central Arkansas
Kendall Dunkelberg, Mississippi University for Women

Welcome to the wiki for our panel, presented at AWP in Denver, April 10, 2010

Here you can find the texts of our presentations and handouts, and you can download copies. If you join the wiki as a member, you can also continue the discussion. Once you are logged in, you should find a Discuss button at the bottom of each page, where you can post comments. You should also be able to create your own pages and add your own files.

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