Dear Assessment or IE Director – Welcome to the job you didn’t know you wanted!
Most assessment, accreditation, and IE directors didn’t set out to be in their roles. Until recently, there were not even courses on those topics, let alone programs of study or career paths. Typically the jobs were filled by organized faculty and staff with a true desire to understand and improve their institution.
Happily, this important field is growing and is filled with people like YOU.
You might be new to assessment, or to accreditation. We’re going to let you in on a little secret – assessment and accreditation go together like flowers and bees. They are both rooted in a desire to genuinely investigate, understand, reflect, and improve. They both encourage an application of the scientific process to something we hold most dear – how our institution serves its most valuable stakeholders: our students.
While yes, assessment and accreditation do “check some boxes,” it’s much more than that. It is the opportunity to examine our programs and institutions and celebrate how amazing they are, and identify how they can become even better. We’ve developed this eBook with the hopes of empowering practitioners to tackle their work with purpose and be successful in it.
This work is not for the faint of heart, but for brave colleagues ready to set out on an adventure. Get your cape on – your institution needs a hero like you!
We regularly develop resources to support you in this important work. Check out our infographic with the Top 7 Tips to Weave Assessment and Accreditation Together.