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Lightning Talk Series—Program Assessment Done Right!

AEFIS Academy Community Event


Dr. Tami Eggleston

Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Director of MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Professor of Psychology

McKendree University

Dr. Gianina Baker

Acting Director

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

November 11, 2020 @ 2:00 PM 2:30 PM ET


Lightning Talks are short, targeted presentations that provide insight into best practices, challenges, and successes in assessment. Listen in as some of the greatest minds and thought leaders share authentic assessment processes, continuous improvement stories and innovative approaches toward lifelong learning and student success.

This particular session will focus on a recent NILOA Occasional Paper: “Program Review and Assessment for Continuous Improvement: Asking the Right Questions,” authored by Dr. Tami Eggelston. Dr. Eggelston will frame out the essential questions and discussion campuses should have regarding program reviews and how to support your institution in making these reviews meaningful continuous improvement opportunities to positively impact student success and institutional effectiveness.

Essential Questions include:

  1. What are we even talking about? Developing shared definitions
  2. What do your accreditation organizations have to say? Aligning with external accountability requirements
  3. What will work for your campus: The why, when, how, who and what of program review?
  4. So What? How will we “Close the Loop” and engage in continuous improvement?
  5. Forewarned is forearmed: What are the potential problems?


Dr. Tami Eggleston, Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Director of MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Professor of Psychology, McKendree University

Tami Eggleston is an Associate Provost & Professor of Psychology at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. Tami and her team at McKendree are proud recipients of the 2020 NILOA Excellence in Assessment Designation. Tami is also an Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Certified Sport Psychology Performance Consultant. She regularly presents, consults, and works with colleges, high schools, businesses, and athletes on teaching, technology, assessment,  teamwork, and how to simply be the best in any situation. Tami will connect theory, research, and application in an educational and fun way. She believes it is more fun to learn if you laugh a little at the same time.

Dr. Gianina Baker, Acting Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Gianina Baker, Acting Director, provides leadership and directs research specific to the assessment of student learning at colleges and universities, primarily under the Lumina Foundation grants, at NILOA. Her main research interests include student learning outcomes assessment at Minority Serving Institutions, access and equity issues for underrepresented administrators and students, assessment in athletics, and higher education policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Organization & Leadership with a Higher Education concentration from the University of Illinois, a M.A. in Human Development Counseling from Saint Louis University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University. Previous to this position, she was the Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning at Richland Community College.

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