Institute for the Development of Excellence in Assessment Leadership


The Institute for the Development of Excellence in Assessment Leadership (IDEAL) provides a professional development opportunity for those responsible for leading their faculty in the development and implementation of a program assessment plan to improve student learning and document program effectiveness. This Institute will engage you in working with colleagues to develop new knowledge and skills that will enable you to be an effective assessment leader.

January 2015 IDEAL

The next IDEAL will be held from January 5-8, 2015, in New Orleans, LA.

The deadline to apply for this session of IDEAL has passed. If you would like to be added to our waiting list for the January 2015 IDEAL, email your contact information to

What You Will Learn

IDEAL focuses on the skills and knowledge you will need to be an effective assessment leader and to manage the change process in your program or college. The Institute will challenge you to think about the assessment of student learning from the program-level or college-level perspective and integrate the basic principles of assessment, change management, and facilitation tools. The activities in the Institute will take you from the basic principles to an understanding of how those principles can be applied in the context of your program/college. Although the primary focus of the Institute will be on developing sound assessment practices, you will learn how to lead others in the process effectively by applying facilitation tools and basic change management principles.


The $2,000 fee includes breakfast and lunch for four days and all reference materials.

Meet the Class of August 2014!

 August 2014 IDEAL 

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