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Teresa Focarile and Shari Ellertson present at international conference

Shari Ellertson, director of Institutional Effectiveness, and Teresa Focarile, interim administrative director for the Center for Teaching and Learning, presented at the 2020 Assessment Institute hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). This year’s conference was held virtually, with more than 10,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Martha Plascencia, management assistant in Institutional Effectiveness, moderated the session.

Portrait of Teresa Focarile
Teresa Focarile.
Shari Ellertson

In their session, “Strengthening Program Assessment and Faculty Development through Faculty Review Teams,” Focarile and Ellertson shared details about the peer review process employed for Boise State’s Program Assessment Reports (PARs). Since the implementation of the PAR process in 2016-17, 65 faculty and staff representing every academic college have served as peer reviewers and over one-fourth of them have served in multiple years. The peer review process is intended to provide helpful feedback to programs that submitted PARs while fostering transparency, modeling collaboration, building community, and expanding faculty development.