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AHE TIG Week: Sean McKitrick on Accountability Demands for Assessment in Higher Education

My name is Sean McKitrick, Vice President with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In higher education settings, “assessment” is a term that can mean both institutional research and student learning assessment and usually refers to institutional efforts to provide accurate data and reports to oversight bodies such as federal and state governments or …

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AHE TIG Week: Mwarumba Mwavita, Katye Perry, and Sarah Wilkey on How Do You Conduct an Evaluation in a Fluid, Ever Changing Ecology Like Higher Education?

Our names are Mwarumba Mwavita, Katye Perry, and Sarah Wilkey. We are faculty and evaluators in the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation at Oklahoma State University. Higher education has constantly been engaged in the development, revamping, and implementation of programs. Often these changes result in reorganizations of existing programs and contribute to a dynamic …

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AHE TIG Week: Mende Davis on Measuring Progress in Higher Education: Combining Binary Outcomes

I am Mende Davis, co-chair of the Assessment in Higher Education TIG and research assistant professor in psychology at the University of Arizona.  I’ve been involved in a variety of higher education evaluations in Minnesota and Arizona. Student progress in college is usually measured by a series of dichotomous variables; completing 12 credits a semester, …

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OPEG Affiliate Week: Raeal Moore on Becoming Active in Evaluation Organizations

My name is Raeal Moore and I am past member-at-large for the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group (OPEG). I am always thinking of ways in which I can become more involved – especially locally – with colleagues who share an interest in evaluation and research. As a way to get myself “out there” I ran for …

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OPEG Affiliate Week: Rachel Holbert on Updating an Affiliate’s Code or Bylaws

My name is Rachel Holbert, and I am the Secretary of OPEG, the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group. Our AEA affiliate organization began with a Code of Regulations in 1980. Over time, the Board revised the Code, and added policy statements a nearly identical set of Bylaws as governing documents. Updating this unwieldy mess began a …

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OPEG Affiliate Week: Tucker Handley on Payment Cost and Type for Affiliate Membership and Conference Attendance

My name is Tucker Handley, and I am the treasurer of the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group (OPEG).  I was approached by the OPEG board to serve as treasurer.  Despite some initial reluctance, I accepted the position and have grown to enjoy the opportunity to work and interact with evaluation professionals throughout the state. OPEG holds …

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OPEG Affiliate Week: Sheri Chaney Jones on Steps to Strengthen Affiliate Membership

I am Sheri Chaney Jones, president of Measurement Resources Company and a Member at Large for the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group (OPEG). As an independent evaluator with a passion for data-driven decision making, I desire to network with other evaluators and those that could benefit from evaluation.  One way I do this is by staying …

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OPEG Affiliate Week: Brenda Peters on Structure for an Effective Board

I am Brenda Peters and I am a volunteer Member at Large on the board of the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group (OPEG). Working with our fabulous board to support colleagues in the region is rewarding, even when tasks seem challenging. In case others might be thinking of trying to assemble or reinvigorate a regional association …

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OPEG Affiliate Week: Rob Fischer on an Effective Board

I am Rob Fischer and I have just completed six years as board president of the Ohio affiliate of AEA, the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group (OPEG). Founded in 1980, OPEG has a longstanding commitment to evaluation professionals in the state. Our annual paid membership fluctuates between 120-150. In my total of eight years on the …

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Lillian Rivera on Thinking beyond the gender binary on assessments: Notes from the field

I am Lillian Rivera, After School Program Director for Hetrick-Martin Institute, a community-based organization that provides programs for LGBT teens that focus on arts and culture, health and wellness, job readiness, academic enrichment as well as counseling and HIV prevention services to 1,500 youth annually.  HMI’s HIV prevention work allows us to work with various …

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