Thursday April 7, 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Assessment In the Arts

Disciplines within the arts have a long history of conducting formative and summative assessments through portfolios, auditions, critique, jury, collaborative performances, film showcases, exhibitions, and other forms of review. When arts faculty are reticent to engage in assessment, it is typically less a resistance to the work of assessment, and more a reluctance to translating qualitative results into numeric representation; or to moving from the individual, personalized assessments they are familiar with, toward aggregated summaries that group individuals together. If part of the aim of the assessment movement over the last thirty years has been an effort to address an overreliance on course grades, then assessment within arts disciplines is ahead of the curve. Even so, it has become increasingly evident that the arts must reposition themselves within the current accountability-intensive environment in order to be understood by others.

Please join us for our third annual meeting on assessment in the arts co-hosted by Otis College of Art and Design and California Institute of the Arts. The meeting is open to anyone interested, but please RSVP so that preparations can be made. A detailed agenda will be provided prior to the start of the conference.

RSVP here:

Debra Ballard
Chair, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Director of Assessment
Otis College of Art and Design
Brian Harlan
Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
California Institute of the Arts