Annual Assessment Academy

The purpose of the Howard University Annual Assessment Academy is to engage faculty in the assessment of academic assessment reports and to offer professional development opportunities related to assessment. 

The second Annual Assessment Academy will welcome raters for one major assessment activity and a series of assessment-related professional development opportunities.

Assessment of Academic Assessment Reports

Throughout the academic year, all academic programs submit an academic report (plan and results) by June 17. These reports include a mission statement, a set of learning outcomes, appropriate measures to track student learning, targets, results, and suggested improvements. Using a rubric, faculty will rate between 15 and 25 reports over a three-week period. Faculty will be trained by participating in one of two calibration exercises in the month of June. Training will also be recorded and made available on this site.  

Faculty who complete the assignments will receive a $100 Bank of America gift card, a certificate of participation, and the thanks of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. 

Thirty volunteers will be selected.

Professional Development Opportunities

Professional development opportunities are open to all members of the campus community. This year, IRA will host four sessions as part of the Annual Assessment Academy. 

Planning and Self Study (Administrative & Academic Units)
Audience: Administrative and academic unit leads wishing to learn more about the Planning and Self-Study system.
Date: July 7, 2021 at 11 am EST
Recording of Planning and Self Study (Administrative & Academic Units)

Using Rubrics as an Assessment Technique
Audience: Faculty
Date: July 14, 2021 at 2 pm EST
Recording of Rubrics Professional Development

Meaningful Metrics for Administrative Units 
Audience: Administrative unit leads
Date: July 21, 2021 at 11 am EST
Recording of Meaningful Metrics for Administrative Units

How to Participate

If you are interested in participating in the Annual Assessment Academy, please complete the short application linked below. We do not promise that all applicants will be chosen as a rater. 

Annual Assessment Academy Application


All Howard University full-time and part-time faculty are encouraged to participate.  


The Annual Assessment Academy application will open May 17, 2021 and close on May 27, 2021.  

Academy invitees will be informed on May 29, 2021.

Trainings will be held on June 15th and 16th

The assessment window for assessment reports will be open from July 5, 2021 until July 26, 2021

Application Deadline: Apply by May 28, 2021.

The Annual Assessment Academy will run from July 5, 2021 - July 26, 2021.

Link to Assessment Academy Application