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Socially Just
Assessment

Avoiding Bias in Assessment Work

In higher education, it's important for there to be a cross-campus focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, and intercultural competence in our approach to developing impactful programs and services. However, it’s equally important to be intentional in ensuring cultural responsiveness and avoiding bias in assessment work—with a commitment to implementing socially just assessment practices. Campus Labs, in partnership with NILOA and other like-minded higher education organizations, has gathered resources focused on socially just assessment, including a series of webinars and podcasts on the topic.

"The vision for this project includes bringing together interested individuals to develop concrete, achievable, action steps for fostering social justice for assessment in the field generally and for practical application on their campuses."

Anne Lundquist, PhD - Assistant Vice President, Campus Adoption Campus Labs

 


First Look: Data from the Field


Campus Labs recently partnered with other organizations to survey assessment professionals in both student and academic affairs to learn what current perspectives, knowledge and practices exist regarding the intersection of equity, inclusion and assessment. Approximately 120 assessment professionals responded, with a first look at initial results below.

 

How important is the effective intersection of equity, diversity, and inclusion and assessment practices on your campus?

How important is the effective intersection of equality, diversity, and inclusion and assessment practices on your campus?

Note: Respondents were asked to rate how important they believed the effective intersection of equity, diversity and inclusion and assessment practice was to themselves, senior campus leadership and students.


 

I have the necessary background, training, and skills to conduct appropriate diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in my role.

I have the necessary background, training, and skills to conduct appropriate assessment practices in my role.

 

broader results and implications from this survey are being presented at the ACPA and NASPA annual conferences, and will be made available online soon.

Note: broader results and implications from this survey are being presented at the ACPA and NASPA annual conferences, and will be made available online soon.