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Professional Development Week

HLC’s Professional Development Week, held twice annually, offers key information and strategies designed to spur institutional improvement in the areas of assessment of student learning and student success, persistence and completion. It is open to all HLC-accredited and candidate institutions, offering attendees the opportunity to work alongside their colleagues from across the HLC region to develop skills and action plans.

 Professional Development Workshop

Through focused, intensive workshops, participants receive:

  • New insights from experts and accomplished practitioners.
  • Guided discussions about promising practices and strategies.
  • Opportunities to network with other higher education professionals.

Participants in past Professional Development Week workshops have included:

  • Academic affairs professionals
  • Assessment leaders
  • Faculty members
  • Institutional researchers
  • Student services professionals

Winter 2017 Professional Development Week

Events during the week will include an individual-oriented assessment basics workshop, a team-based workshop on strategic assessment planning, and an individual workshop for faculty on how to support student success. Participants may choose one of the assessment workshops and/or the student success workshop.

For workshop agendas and details about program fees, accommodations, transportation and other logistics, visit the event registration site.

Emerging Leaders in Assessment Workshop (Individual)

February 13–14

Individuals with new responsibilities for assessment and those seeking to refresh their assessment skills and knowledge will be guided through the terminology and processes that are fundamental to assessing student learning.

Strategic Assessment Workshop (Team)

February 13–14

Teams of 5–8 institutional representatives with varying levels of accountability for assessment will collaborate with experienced facilitators to develop a deliberately designed assessment plan that aims to cultivate an institutional culture committed to improving student learning.

Supporting Student Success Workshop (Individual)

February 15–16

Individuals in the faculty role and those supporting the work of faculty will explore potential barriers to student success, examine promising practices and devise strategies to support students inside and outside of the classroom.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Victor Borden will be speaking at the Emerging Assessment Leaders and Strategic Assessment workshops on best practices for making sense of data before putting plans into action. At the Supporting Student Success workshop, he will speak on the importance of defining, facilitating and monitoring student success in the current higher education environment.

Speaker Victor Borden

Victor Borden

Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies,
Indiana University

Victor Borden is professor of higher education and student affairs and senior advisor to the executive vice president for university academic affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington. Previously, he served for over 25 years in senior leadership positions in institutional research and assessment. He has published over 100 articles, book chapters and monographs, consulted with over two dozen institutions and organizations internationally, and delivered more than 250 workshops and presentations throughout the United States and in Europe, Africa and Asia. Dr. Borden is an active contributor to several professional associations, most notably the Association for Institutional Research, of which he is a past president.

Workshop Leaders

Senior Scholar Hatfield

Susan Hatfield

Professor Emerita, Winona State University, and
HLC Academies Senior Scholar

Susan Hatfield is professor emerita in the Communication Studies Department at Winona State University (WSU), where she taught from 1981 to 2015. During that time, she served on two HLC steering committees, directed WSU’s assessment program for 12 years and served as a department chairperson for nine years. She serves on the Board of Visitors for the Marine Corp University and the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and is a trustee with Palmer College of Chiropractic.


Senior Scholar Rogers

Gloria Rogers

Adjunct Director for Professional Development, ABET, and
HLC Academies Senior Scholar

Gloria Rogers serves as the Adjunct Director for Professional Development at ABET. She has organized 14 symposia on program assessment and accreditation that have been attended by faculty from 600 institutions around the world. In addition, she has written 35 assessment-related articles, given more than 100 invited presentations at national and international conferences, and facilitated workshops and seminars at more than 110 campuses. She has also given invited presentations, consultations and workshops in 31 countries, including a Fulbright Senior Scholar assignment in Lima, Peru.


Winter 2017 Professional Development Week

Dates: February 13–16, 2017

Location: Tempe, AZ

Event Information and Registration

Testimonials From Recent Attendees

“While we work on various accreditation/assessment teams together, we have rarely had the time to actually sit down and discuss action plans. All of the sessions were extremely helpful for our team!”

“Through the various sessions our team was able to better understand why our students are leaving and to begin the planning stages of building a support system around those reasons.”

“It gave us time to think about our institutions and how various types of retention efforts might look on our campus.”

Additional Resources

HLC’s Academies


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