Fifth Annual Symposium on Assessment of Learning

FEBRUARY 21, 2020

We are excited to announce our fifth annual Symposium on Assessment, titled Transforming your Teaching: Advancing Educational Equity through Assessment of Learning.

This full-day conference will take place on Friday, February 21, and will feature presentations from faculty and assessment specialists across the UCs. The presentors will share their experiences with assessment in their courses and/or programs, ranging from organizing faculty to participate in assessment to using assessment results to promote educational equity.

The purpose of the annual UCSC Symposium on Assessment of Learning is to create a space for faculty, graduate students, and staff to share ideas, stories, and best practices in the assessment of learning. We hope that you will join us in learning more about how equity-minded assessment can simultaneously enrich teaching and support the academic success of diverse students.

To register for the 2020 UCSC Symposium on Assessment, click here. The agenda will be sent to registered guests the week before the symposium.

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm (Light breakfast and coffee at 8:30am; Lunch will be provided at 12:00)
Location: University of California, Santa Cruz - Alumni Room, University Center

Please contact Anna Sher ( with any questions about the symposium. We hope to see you there!



 Materials from previous symposia

The UCSC Symposium on Assessment featured presentations and round-table discussions by faculty, graduate students, and assessment staff from UC Santa Cruz and other UC campuses.  Over 60 participants attended annually to share their experiences and ideas.

  • The 2018 Symposium topics included conducting program-level assessment in undergraduate programs, assessing the impact of course-level innovations in teaching and learning, rethinking the value of assessment from a student perspective, and assessment of learning in Student Success/Student Affairs units.

  • The 2017 Symposium topics included facilitating cultural change through programmatic assessment, cultivating academic assessment, contextualizing criteria to measure and improve students' skills, working with faculty on graduate program assessment, and graduate students' experience with undergraduate teaching.

  • The  2015 Symposium topics included assessing student learning, evidence-based improvement, and mentoring graduate students in pedagogy and assessment.

  • The  2014 Symposium topics included establishing a collaborative process of Program Learning Outcome assessment, mentoring graduate students in assessment, approaching assessment as pedagogy, and presenting assessment skills on the job market and in tenure and merit review.