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Save the date for this year's UB Assessment Day

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 • Student Union, North Campus, University at Buffalo

Assessment 5.0: Continuous Improvement is designed to help faculty, staff and administrators develop assessment strategies, and our theme for 2017 emphasizes creating coherent learning outcomes at various levels and using assessment for continuous improvement.

Using Assessment Results to Propel Continuous Improvement in Student Success: Meeting the Expectations of the New MSCHE Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation
Ellie Fogarty, vice president, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Afternoon Session
Aligning Learning Goals Across Campus: Understanding Your Role and Responsibility for Defining and Measuring Learning Outcomes
Ellie Fogarty, vice president, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This event is sponsored by the Office of Academic Planning and the Office of the Vice President for Student Life.

Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and look for announcements when registration opens on May 1, 2017.


Proposals for concurrent sessions and poster presentations that discuss any or all stages of assessment are invited, with special interest in those that address how assessment can be used to improve student learning outcomes and/or program/service delivery. Share your assessment knowledge and successes by presenting a session at this year's event.

Presentation submissions will be reviewed, and those submitting proposals will be notified by email no later than Friday, May 26, 2017. By submitting a proposal, you and any co-presenters agree to be available to present on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

Proposals can be submitted immediately. The submission deadline is Friday, May 12, 2017.

New Publication: The College Teaching Assistant Handbook

The College Teaching Assistant Handbook, edited by Carol Van Zile-Tamsen (UB Curriculum) and Cathleen Morreale (Center for Educational Innovation), is the perfect introductory volume for new graduate teaching assistants.

This handbook provides practical strategies for all aspects of teaching in higher education, from course design and delivery to delivering a course designed by someone else. Topics include grading and assessment; active learning strategies; teaching large lectures, lab sections and recitations; balancing teaching obligations with personal schoolwork; and preparing to enter academia as a teaching faculty member. Nearly all chapters include additional resources that are available in the TA Teaching Toolbox, an online resource that accompanies this book.

Prepublication orders receive a 20 percent discount, and bulk discounts are also available. To order the handbook, email Tricia Worthington ( at Nova Sciences Publishers with Special20 in the subject line of the email.

Video: Teaching UB Seminars

Teaching UB Seminars provides information to help faculty prepare to teach UB Seminar courses this fall.

Video presentations include: review of the basic goals and learning outcomes of UB Seminars, including some suggestions on how to handle academic success learning outcomes; using ePortfolios in UB Seminars; and the demographics and interests of our incoming freshmen class. In addition, Andrew Stott, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, shares some personal experiences teaching a pilot version of a UB Seminar.