HBCU Collaborative for Excellence in Educational Quality Assurance
HBCU CEEQA is a structured collaborative comprised of assessment and institutional effectiveness professionals from HBCUs.
The inaugural convening of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Collaboration for Excellence in Educational Quality Assurance (CEEQA) took place June 21-22, 2018, on the historic Morehouse School of Medicine campus in Atlanta, GA. Candid conversations around student learning outcomes assessment happening on HBCU campuses framed the conference agenda. These discussions centered on solutions to common assessment challenges and the need for an official HBCU collaborative of practicing and retired assessment professionals. This collaborative, the first of its kind, seeks to help address accountability measures while being true to HBCU missions and culturally relevant assessment approaches. Hence, as both internal and external accountability mandates increase, so too has the need for a strong HBCU alliance.
The group met over the course of two-days and immersed themselves in professional development sessions and group work. From the Transparency Framework to the Role of Culture and Cultural Competence to Quality Assurance, the culmination of the event produced a newly formed collaborative including an organizational structure and future convenings. We found that CEEQA can offer significant resources and specific expertise to the HBCU community and higher education community writ large. This report presents the background and subsequent founding of the Collaboration for Excellence in Educational Quality Assurance.
Over the past three years, our membership has grown.
– We are 100% COMMITTED
In the Fall of 2017, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), the Office of Educational Outcomes and Assessment at the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Office of University Assessment at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University teamed up to conceptualize the HBCU Collaborative for Excellence in Educational Quality Assurance (HBCU‑CEEQA), a structured collaborative comprised of assessment and institutional effectiveness professionals from HBCUs. The inaugural convening of CEEQA took place June 21-22, 2018, on the historic Morehouse School of Medicine campus in Atlanta, GA. CEEQA is composed of assessment and institutional effectiveness leaders dedicated to advancing student learning, institutional quality, and student success. Our collaborative seeks to help address accountability measures while being true to HBCU missions.
The MISSION of HBCU-CEEQA is to demonstrate the effectiveness of HBCUs through the use of best practices in assessment and evaluation by leveraging the collective expertise of assessment and institutional effectiveness professionals and other stakeholders.
The VISION is to a leader in building the capacity to demonstrate the impact and effectiveness of HBCUs.
- Provide a collaborative space for sharing and promoting the use of best practices and resources in outcomes assessment and evidence-based decision-making at partner HBCU institutions.
- Enhance the use of systematic, evidence-based practices for assessment and institutional effectiveness among partner institutions.
- Provide a platform for showcasing the culturally relevant assessment and evaluation practices that are used to tell the story and demonstrate the impact of HBCUs through scholarly output in the form of joint research, publications, and conference presentations with partner institutions.
- Communicate the impact and effectiveness of HBCUs to internal and external stakeholders through culturally relevant processes, measures, and metrics.
- Cultivate strategic partnerships that advance the goals and mission of HBCU-CEEQA.
HBCU-CEEQA Chair and Director of Educational Outcomes and Assessment at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Mark Howse and the entire team at MSM have done an excellent job ensuring CEEQA is well positioned and ready to make a difference. HBCU-CEEQA’s Advisory Council, including Natasha Jankowski, Executive Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), and Charles Taylor, Vice President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SASCOC) have been extremely helpful in promoting our goals and vision.