2020 – 2021

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.


Designing an Assessment Program With a Short Timeline

February 11, 2021 | 3:00–6:00 pm ET

Designing an Assessment Program With a Comprehensive Timeline

February 19, 2021 | 4:00–7:00 pm ET

These three-hour virtual workshops combine presentations and participant tasks to help schools design and implement an educational assessment program. The goal is for teams of two to six people from each school to develop a work plan and a set of methods for accomplishing the plan.

The mini-lectures, each 15-20 minutes, will focus on core elements of assessment design and practice, with opportunity for Q&A with all participants. Following each presentation, teams will work in breakout rooms for 30-40 minutes on guided assignments responding to the material just presented. 

Both sessions will cover similar core material. Each team will be asked to complete a brief pre-session questionnaire to identify institutional circumstances, the school’s history of assessment, and the team’s goals for participation. We recommend that teams participate with an aim to report to the faculty following the workshop.

The February 11 workshop is recommended for schools working on a short timeline, such as for accreditation visits in 2021 and 2022. The February 19 workshop will focus on developing an assessment process at schools with time to plan for a richer and more comprehensive assessment protocol.

Recordings of the presentations and full-group Q&A sessions will be available to registered participants following the event.


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 2021

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)

Overview Webinar

Making Assessment Work for You

October 6, 2020 | 5:30–7:00 pm ET

This session will frame student assessment and program self-assessment as part of a collective project of student support, rather than satisfying bureaucratic requirements that carry the danger of punitive response. It is intended as an overview for schools with established assessment programs and for those planning to initiate one. The session will discuss principles of effective, change-driving assessment, such as measuring things that reflect a program’s values, using data that is already available, and disaggregating data to assess equitable outcomes.

This session is available by registration only. Individuals may purchase a registration. Schools may purchase access for 2 or more people to view. Additionally, this session is available to registrants of the 2020 ACSA Administrators Conference. The video recording of the session will also be available for paid registrants following its live broadcast.  

This session will be moderated by Bethany Lundell Garver, AIA, NCARB, Dean and Faculty of Practice and Director of Applied Learning at the Boston Architectural College where she leads college-wide efforts to bridge architectural education and professional practice.

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Per Person
Faculty at ACSA member schools$50 USD
Faculty at non-member schools$125 USD

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