Community Message: Alverno College Wins National Award for Student Assessment

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Alverno College will receive the 2021 Trudy W. Banta Lifetime Achievement in Assessment Award, given to national leaders in assessment work.

The award was previously given only to individuals, making Alverno the first institution to receive it.

“This is a tremendous honor for Alverno College,” said Joseph Foy, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs. “This prestigious award is a testament to the legacy of educational innovation for which Alverno is known, as well as the continued excellence provided by Alverno staff and faculty today. I am very proud of our campus community and the students of Alverno College who demonstrate in their personal and professional lives the transformative power of our outcomes-based approach to education.

The award will be presented at the 2021 Assessment Institute of Indianapolis, hosted by Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) October 24-27. The IUPUI Assessment Institute is America’s oldest and largest higher education event focused on assessment and improvement. This year’s virtual event will feature over 250 educational sessions covering a range of topics, themes and assessment trends. Several thousand attendees from across the United States and several foreign countries are expected.

Since the early 1970s, Alverno College has been a leader in teaching and assessment, pioneering a skills-based curriculum that focuses on eight skills most valued by employers: communication, analysis, problem solving, valuing decision-making, social interaction, developing a global perspective, effective citizenship and aesthetic engagement. Rather than receiving traditional letter grades, students at Alverno are assessed by faculty members, peers, and professionals. This in-depth feedback allows students to understand how to capitalize on their strengths and improve on their weaknesses.

Educators from around the world are attending Alverno’s annual Summer Assessment Workshop, which this year will be held virtually on June 2, 4, and 7. Faculty, administrators, and staff who are experts in designing and implementing assessment methods will guide participants in understanding and exploring learning outcomes. , competency-based education, student assessment as learning, and institutional assessment. For more information or to register, visit

About Alverno College

Founded in 1887 by the School Sisters of St. Francis, Alverno College promotes the academic, personal and professional development of its students in a collaborative and inclusive environment. Undergraduate programs for women are offered in more than 60 fields of study, and graduate programs in education, nursing, community psychology, school psychology, music therapy, music and liturgy, and business are open to women and men.

A leader in higher education innovation, Alverno has received international accolades for his highly effective approach to capability-based education and assessment as learning, which emphasizes hands-on experience and develops in-demand skills. The college, the premier Hispanic-serving institution in Wisconsin, ranks among the best schools in the Midwest for its commitment to undergraduate education and innovation in US News and World Report. During two years, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education named Alverno the most inspiring college in the country.

Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Alverno College is an independent four-year Catholic liberal arts college.