Reinvent the Assessment Cycle for Equity and Inclusion
The subject of equity in education predates the pandemic. However, COVID-19 has brought these issues to the forefront due to its impact on learner and instructor engagement. Assessment is about measuring learning for accountability and continuous improvement. However, it can also be a tool for promoting equity to improve all students' learning, including those from underrepresented populations. Our assessment unit rethought the assessment cycle to address the equity challenge. The reflection led to discovering what was missing, from outcomes to data analysis, and some effective strategies. Our next challenge is implementing these strategies, which will require transformative orientation and paradigm adjustments on the part of all of the stakeholders: faculty, administration, and students. This session explores how to best move the practice forward at the institution, program, and course level and leverage the momentum of urgency that we have today.