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Assessment Basics #4: Making Data-Informed Decisions

In the last installment of our four-part series, we focus on “closing the loop”. Assessment is a multi-step cycle that includes selection/creation of outcomes, alignment of outcomes with learning experiences, measurement of outcomes, and use of results. Using the results of data collection will breathe new life into the assessment process, and enable your organization to evaluate the process alongside the results. This webinar will provide practical strategies for reporting data, evaluating the assessment process, and making decisions informed by data for programs and service areas.
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    Dr. Erica Eckert, Assistant Dean for Assessment at Kent State University
    In the last installment of our four-part series, we focus on “closing the loop”. Assessment is a multi-step cycle that includes selection/creation of outcomes, alignment of outcomes with learning experiences, measurement of outcomes, and use of results. Using the results of data collection will breathe new life into the assessment process, and enable your organization to evaluate the process alongside the results. This webinar will provide practical strategies for reporting data, evaluating the assessment process, and making decisions informed by data for programs and service areas.
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