2017 University Assessment Symposium

2017 University Assessment Symposium


Shaping Critical Thinking
2017 University Assessment Symposium
Friday, November 3; 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon; Skutt SC Ballroom

(Continental breakfast will be available.)
Register: https://shaping_critical_thinking_assessment_symposium.eventbrite.com

The University-wide Assessment Symposium will provide an opportunity to share evidence of engaged student learning while showcasing the depth and breadth of critical thinking and assessment activities across the university.  Curricular and co-curricular assessment efforts at Creighton will be highlighted.  The Symposium offers an opportunity for rich academic discourse, engaged discussion of "high impact practices in critical thinking and assessment," and celebrates "best practices."

Symposium objectives include:

  • Identify critical thinking or reasoning activities that students are currently engaged in with academic and/or co-curricular experiences.
  • Articulate meaningful opportunities to promote critical thinking or practical reasoning in student experiences.
  • Formulate ways to assess student critical thinking activities.

The agenda for the 2017 University Assessment Symposium offers iimpactful assessment programming for faculty and professional staff, at any stage in the assessment process.


8:30-9:30 a.m.

Poster session with presenters. (Continental breakfast provided.)

9:30-9:45 a.m.    

Welcome and Opening of Program

9:45-10:15 a.m.    

Collective Critical Thinking with Creighton Colleagues   
Build upon a hands-on activity to encourage dialogue, ideas and panel questions on shaping critical thinking, facilitated by Jean Hearn, Ed.D., Department of Education, College of Arts and Sciences.  Network with colleagues from across the University in broader conversation on critical thinking experiences with students. 

10:15-10:30 a.m.


10:30-11:30 a.m.

Shaping Critical Thinking - Creighton Curricular and Co-Curricular Colleagues
Panelists will address the following critical thinking questions and your specific questions:

  • What does critical thinking look like in our students?
  • How can we begin to assess the use of critical thinking skills to help our students?
  • How do we use assessment data to better develop critical thinking skills in our students?


  • Amanda Guidero, Ph.D., Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate School;
  • Katie Kelsey, M.Ed., Student Leadership & Involvement Center, Division of Student Life;
  • Kevin Powers, Ph.D., Academic Success, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions;
  • Amy Wendling, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences; and
  • Kaitlin Logan Wimmer, M.A., Community Standards & Wellbeing, Division of Student Life


11:30-12 noon                 

Creative Critical Thinking - Discipline Specific
Join your discipline (or a related area) colleagues in a collective conversation on the opportunities and challenges related to critical thinking with students.

The program is co-hosted by the University Assessment Committee and the Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment.