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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 Week

Through informational and interactive 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.

Summer 2017 Professional Development Week

July 17–20 in Oak Brook, Illinois | Register now

Choose one of the assessment workshops and/or the student success workshop. Those who register for two workshops will receive a discount of more than 50 percent on the student success workshop.

Emerging Leaders in Assessment Workshop (Individual)—July 17–18

Individuals with new responsibilities for assessment and those seeking to refresh their assessment skills and knowledge will learn about terminology and processes that are fundamental to assessing student learning in this basic skills workshop.

Strategic Assessment Workshop (Team)—July 17–18

Teams of 5–8 institutional representatives will collaborate with experienced facilitators to develop assessment plans that aim to cultivate an institutional culture committed to improving student learning.

Supporting Student Success Workshop (Individual)—July 19–20

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.

Recap of the Winter 2017 Professional Development Week

The Winter Professional Development Week held in February 2017, in Tempe, Arizona, was attended by 111 participants from 44 institutions across the HLC region. The Emerging Leaders in Assessment and Strategic Assessment Workshops were both offered for the third consecutive time, and the Supporting Student Success Workshop debuted as a new offering.

Dr. Victor Borden, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University, was a featured guest speaker at all three workshops. His presentations dealt with best practices for making sense of assessment data before putting plans into action, and with the importance of defining, facilitating and monitoring student success in the current higher education environment.


Participant Testimonials

“Gloria [Rogers, the workshop leader] made complicated concepts easily understandable. Assessment can be an intimidating subject, and Gloria broke it down into comprehensible pieces. I appreciated that, even though we covered a great deal of material, I never felt overwhelmed with all the information.”—Emerging Leaders in Assessment Workshop participant

The team time is the greatest strength of the workshop. It's the way we've been able to make assessment progress over the past five years. We will continue to come to the workshop regularly.”—Strategic Assessment Workshop participant

“The primary strength of this workshop was the guidance given in developing an action plan to take back to our institution. Another strength was the opportunities given to work through questions with our table. I gained valuable information from what my tablemates had already tried and their successes and failures.”—Supporting Student Success Workshop participant

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 developed and directed WSU’s assessment program, served as a department chairperson, and coordinated the First Year Student Experience. She has recently completed appointments to the Board of Visitors for the Marine Corps University and the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Susan is currently a Trustee with the 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 began her work with HLC in 2013 on the Pathway Pioneer project to test the Degree Qualifications Profile and was promoted to work with the Academies as a Senior Scholar in 2014. 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.


Summer 2017 Professional Development Week

July 17–20 | Oak Brook, Illinois

Event information and registration

Registration deadline: June 19

Who Should Attend

Participants in past Professional Development Weeks have included:

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

Additional Resources

HLC’s Academies


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