The 2012 Genteels' Excellence in Teaching Seminar took place on October 19, 2012.


UB, like other institutions of higher education, is committed to academic excellence and providing a transformative educational experience. Program Assessment is very important for ensuring that UB is achieving its goals and that students are leaving the institution with the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the 21st century.

Program Assessment has also become an important aspect for all accrediting agencies, including the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which accredits institutions as a whole.

This year's Genteels' Excellence in Teaching Seminar will be focused on the theme of Program Assessment and is an important professional development opportunity for faculty and staff. The aim of this seminar is threefold:

  • To examine several promising models of course- and program-level assessment.
    In addition to reviewing some of the core elements of any sound assessment system, we will also review some specific examples from academic departments in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and professional schools.
  • To discuss the latest research on student learning assessment.
    We will explore some of the key trends that are happening in the field, and examine the results of some promising large-scale assessment-related research programs.
  • To provide participants with practical resources for assessing student learning.
    We’ll move beyond the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of assessment, and spend a considerable amount of time on the ‘how’—i.e., How do I get started? Where to begin? What steps should I take to implement course-based assessment and program-level assessment? What are the potential roadblocks? What resources are out there to help me?

Seminar details

  • Are They Really Learning What We Are Teaching Them?
    Using Assessment to Enhance Teaching Effectiveness and Measure Student Learning
  • Date: Friday, October 19, 2012
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lippes Concert Hall, Slee Hall, North Campus, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260
  • Presenter: Jason Adsit, Associate Provost for Academic Administration, University of Rochester and former Director of UB's Teaching & Learning Center


  • This event is sponsored by the Teaching & Learning Center, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of University Accreditation and Assessment.
  • Additional co-sponsors (to date) include the School of Public Health and Health Professions, the School of Nursing and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Registration fees

  • Fees are payable by credit card, check or money order and include registration and continental breakfast.
  • UB Faculty and Staff
    $25 (Some of the sponsoring academic units have purchased a limited number of seats for their faculty and staff. See the registration page for more details).
  • Non-UB Attendees

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