NAU Assessment Fair

15th Annual NAU Assessment Fair
Improving Student Learning, Development & Success

2016 Cheng Fox group
About 180 presenters and guests attended the 2016 NAU Assessment Fair.

Please join us for the 15th Annual NAU Assessment Fair.

The fair is an event of poster presentations representing the assessment efforts carried out by faculty, staff and students across the university.  

Roundtable discussions will be held immediately before the fair on current assessment topics. Scroll below the Call for Proposals for roundtable topics and registration information.


Abstracts are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Fair, which will be held at the High Country Conference Center on Wednesday, April 12, from 3 – 5 p.m. (Roundtables are from 2 – 2:50 p.m.).

We welcome posters that showcase assessment including student learning and development, needs and satisfaction, and success. Posters may also display assessment processes, designs, and/or strategies, not just results of assessment studies. We invite you to review information about past fairs to see the wide range of assessment topics that have been presented. 

We also welcome proposals that showcase projects representing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). These posters may include completed research studies, in-class activities that enhance student learning, and projects that will be carried out in the near future.

In addition to a “People’s Choice” prize determined by popular vote of attendees, a panel of judges will select and award a “Judge’s Choice” prize. This year, we are adding an additional “Judge’s Choice” prize for the best SOTL presentation.


If you would like to present a poster, please submit your abstract online. Abstracts should include a description of:

  • Purpose of the project
  • Theory and methods
  • Results/findings (where applicable)
  • Use or potential use of results

Abstracts are due by the end of the day on Friday, March 24, and will be reviewed to ensure that all areas noted above are included.

All poster submissions will be accepted unless no clear assessment focus is described in the abstract. You will be contacted if clarification is needed.


Click on the “Presenter Information” link on the blue sidebar for more information.

Once you submit an abstract, you will receive information regarding setup for the fair, poster size and content, and tips for creating an effective presentation. If you have any questions, please contact or

We look forward to seeing you and your posters at the fair!
-NAU Assessment Fair Committee


Three roundtable discussions will be held just prior to the Assessment Fair, Wednesday, April 12, 2:00-2:50 PM, upstairs in the High Country Conference Center.

REGISTER NOW for one of the three roundtables described below.

Roundtable #1: Wise Feedback as Formative Assessment

Description: Contextualizing feedback to students to promote their sense of academic belonging and fuel their motivation is one idea central to the “Reimagining the First Year” project being implemented on our campus and many campuses across the country. In this roundtable, we will discuss some of the research related to the project as well as the application of the research to rethinking formative assessment that faculty provide students through comments and notes on their assignments and exams.

Melissa Welker, Executive Director, Student Success Programs and Initiatives
Cody Canning, Lecturer, Academic Transition Programs

Roundtable #2: Weigh Pig, Feed Pig, Weigh Pig

Description: It comes as no surprise that faculty and staff are invested in supporting their students and fostering improved student performance. However, recent research suggests that the assessment practices used to gauge these outcomes are missing a key component necessary to demonstrate improvement. Focusing on the “Weigh Pig, Feed Pig, Weigh Pig” simplified model of assessment (Fulcher, Good, Coleman, & Smith, 2014), this roundtable discussion aims to identify opportunities to improve assessment practices in one’s own department or program as well as collaborate with other professionals to enhance student learning.

Note: Please download and read the short Fulcher, et al. article prior to this roundtable for a more engaging discussion.

Dianne McDonnell, Assistant Professor of Practice, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering
Nick Rathbone, Graduate Assistant, M.Ed. Counseling and Student Affairs & Intern for EMSA Analytics and Assessment

Roundtable #3: Surveying at NAU: Coordination to Improve Results & the Student Experience

Description: Surveying across campus is a common practice used to gather information to learn more about student experiences. This roundtable will provide an opportunity to discuss the coordination of surveys campus wide and the need to identify guidelines surrounding survey practices at NAU.

NAU Survey Project Team