2021 – 2022

Workshop Series

Assessment in Architectural Education

This series is produced by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) as an aid to its member programs as they develop programmatic assessment systems. Although regular reference is made to the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) and its 2020 Conditions for Accreditation, the practices and opinions contained in the series do not represent the official policy or position of NAAB.

Administrators and faculty are invited to join ACSA’s Assessment Workshops to develop new tools or improve existing tools to assess student outcomes and the architecture program. These interactive sessions are designed to engage schools at various stages in the process.

NAAB’s 2020 Conditions for Accreditation give schools unprecedented flexibility to design curricula that best reflect the program’s mission, vision, and institutional context. However, schools are also responsible for more self-assessment and documentation of student outcomes. These sessions are designed to help programs thrive under this new model.

Workshop Leader

Herb Childress, PhD has worked with dozens of colleges and universities, focusing on assessment, accreditation, and faculty development, and has written two books on career paths in higher education. He is the former Dean of Research and Assessment at the Boston Architectural College, and holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in architecture from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.


Program Assessment in Architecture and Design Education: Methods and Strategies for Continual Improvement on Your Own Terms

This new book describes both the practices and the opportunities of assessment in design education. Assessment can be an important lever for the pursuit of equity and inclusion, and for communication with stakeholders. Assessment can improve curricular alignment, and help your program to pursue your own unique mission. This plainspoken handbook is designed to help architecture programs at any level of development to create, improve, and make use of relevant and powerful systems of assessment.


Principles of Assessment in Design Education

November 18, 2021 | 6:00–7:30 pm ET

This 90-minute workshop will help schools name their current assessment practices, and investigate ways that they can become stronger and more systematic. It will also help participants to set priorities for areas of assessment not currently undertaken. We will explore ways to assess four major areas of program performance: mission achievement, curricular coherence, equity of opportunity, and excellence in design. This is an active workshop best suited for teams of representatives from each participating school, so that teams can begin their deliberations together, and learn from what other programs have done.

*For questions or help on getting registered, please contact Danielle Dent, ddent@acsa-arch.org.


ACSA Member Schools                            $250  (Registration for up to 6 faculty members per school)

Nonmember Schools                                $500  (Registration for up to 6 faculty members per school)


Focusing Your Program’s Assessment

November 30, 2021 | 7:00–8:30 pm ET

This webinar presents case studies for tying student and program assessment to broader goals. Speakers from three architecture programs will describe efforts to use assessment in revising their curricula, connecting to their college’s overarching goals, leveraging data and resources to set intentional student outcome goals, and engaging in collaborative equity-minded inquiry for continuous improvement and purposeful action.

This event also celebrates the release of ACSA’s new book Program Assessment in Architecture and Design Education by Herb Childress.



Assessment through the Framework of the NAAB 2020 Conditions

February 17, 2022 | 3:00–6:00 pm ET

The recently revised NAAB Conditions for Accreditation have placed a special emphasis on the demonstration of assessment efforts, and on the use of those assessments toward program improvement. This three-hour session will take participants through each of the Shared Values, Program Criteria, and Student Criteria, to explore productive means of gauging success, reporting on success, and strategizing toward improvement.

Registration is now closed.

*For questions or help on getting registered, please contact Danielle Dent, ddent@acsa-arch.org.


ACSA Member Schools                              $500 for one 3-hour workshop

Nonmember Schools                                  $1,000 for one 3-hour workshop


What Are the Data Telling Us?

January–March 2022

These individualized or small-group workshops are intended for teams that can bring assessment projects already underway for tuning, revision, and expansion. The goal with the 90–120 minute sessions is for the facilitator to review the work and to help teams avoid common pitfalls, recognize the power of what they have already uncovered, and offer modifications of what they are currently doing to optimize the existing work.

The meetings will start where the participants are in the process of implementing an assessment program. Childress will also work with registrants on strategies for overcoming resistance and building buy-in among faculty colleagues and for making assessment a collective project of student support.

Meetings will be scheduled at participants’ convenience. Schools may request to participate in standalone sessions. However, it is recommended that schools work with one to two more institutions to better share experiences and compare approaches. ACSA will work with registrants to connect institutions before.

Each session will require that the team send a written summary of their current work a minimum of 7 days in advance of the meeting. This can range from a raw dataset to a plan for communication and resource allocation based on findings.

Recordings of the meetings will be sent to the participants following the event.


ACSA Member Schools                            $1,400 for one meeting (including pre-review of school’s report)

Nonmember Schools                                $2,800 for one meeting (including pre-review of school’s report)


Danielle V. Dent
Director of Membership, Marketing and Publications
tel: 202-785-2324
email: ddent@acsa-arch.org