WTCS Assessment Conference

2017 WTCS Assessment Conference

The Learner, the Classroom, and the College: Propelling Assessment for a Sustainable Community

Western Technical College will host the 2017 Assessment Conference March 2-3* at its La Crosse Campus. Please save the date for The Learner, the Classroom, and the College: Propelling Assessment for a Sustainable Community — a forum for college teams to learn more about assessment at a variety of levels.

Essential questions addressed during the pre-conference, general sessions, and post-conference activities include:

  • How do we create and sustain an organizational culture driven by measurable student success? What does success look like?
  • How do we know when students, staff, and improvement efforts are successful?
  • What best practices in student readiness assessment, student learning outcomes assessment, classroom assessment, course and program evaluation, and institutional assessment are working in the Wisconsin Technical College System?
  • What is happening outside of the Wisconsin Technical College System? What can we learn from other assessment experts?

Questions regarding the event can be forwarded to Casey Meehan,, or Laurie Landry,

*Pre-Conference sessions available March 1


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jennifer Fager, Director of Assessment, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

Dr. Jennifer FagerJennifer Fager is the Director of Assessment at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Prior to her arrival in Wisconsin, Dr. Fager has held academic and administrative positions in both assessment and teacher education in Michigan, Ohio, and Nevada.  Jennifer has used her skills and experience in assessment to assist numerous institutions in developing assessment processes and systems to benefit student learning.  She has served as a Peer Reviewer and an Assessment Mentor for the Higher Learning Commission, as an NCATE Board of Examiner member, and has been recently appointed to the CAEP Volunteer Corps.  Jennifer is a Cornhusker as she earned her BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Nebraska.  In addition to her passion for assessment, Jennifer enjoys home improvement projects and her three dogs — Lola, Georgie and Delilah.

M. Bruce King, PhD, Faculty Associate, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis (ELPA), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. M. Bruce KingDr. M. Bruce King is a Faculty Associate with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work in ELPA concentrates on teaching courses on instructional leadership and teacher capacity, coordinating the Wisconsin Idea PhD cohort program in K–12 leadership, and building effective partnerships between the department and schools and districts.

Bruce has been a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, where he contributed to two studies focused on Authentic Intellectual Work, the Research Institute on Secondary Education Reform for Youth with Disabilities and the Center for Organization and Restructuring of Schools. He received his PhD in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison and taught upper elementary, middle, and high school for 11 years in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Quito, Ecuador.

Bruce has been a research fellow at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, and has consulted on two research projects in Australian schools that extended the body of research on AIW. He serves as associate editor for the international journal Teaching and Teacher Education, and has published in national and international research and practitioner journals. Currently, he provides professional development as an AIW coach in Wisconsin and Georgia.

Bruce, along with AIW colleagues, recently published two book with Corwin (2016), Authentic Intellectual Work: Improving Teaching for Rigorous Learning and How Schools and Districts Meet Rigorous Standards Through Authentic Intellectual Work: Lessons From the Field.

Special Guest

Dr. Morna Foy, President, Wisconsin Technical College System

Dr. Morna FoyDr. Morna K. Foy is President of the Wisconsin Technical College System, consisting of 16 institutions that annually serve more than 300,000 students.

In a time of significant change in the workplace and in higher education, President Foy believes in the power of technical education to enrich lives and strengthen Wisconsin’s economy. The result is a sharp focus on the innovation necessary to deliver relevant, valuable learning opportunities for students at every stage of their lives and careers, and a reliable talent pipeline for employers in every sector and region of the state.

President Foy has more than 25 years of experience in public policy and higher education and a lifelong commitment to her home state of Wisconsin.

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Early bird registration is available from October 1 to December 31, 2016 for $120. After that, costs increase to $150.


Registration runs from October 1, 2016 through February 10, 2017. Register online through Eventbrite.

Venue and Hotels

Conference Venue

The conference will be hosted on Western's La Crosse campus at the Lunda Center:
319 7th Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601


Exclusive rates are available for conference attendees at the the following hotels. You must use the booking links below to get these rates.

  • Candlewood Suites La Crosse
    56 Copeland Avenue, La Crosse
    Phone: 608-785-1110
    Booking Link
  • Hampton Inn & Suites La Crosse Downtown
    511 3rd Street N., La Crosse
    Phone: 608-791-4004
    Booking Link 
  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites La Crosse - Downtown
    200 Pearl Street,La Crosse
    Phone: 608-784-4444
    Booking Link (Enter WAC for the group code to get our rate)
  • Radisson Hotel La Crosse
    200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse
    Phone: 608-784-6680
    Booking Link

About La Crosse

The La Crosse area is rich in scenic beauty, diverse attractions and first-class hospitality. Each year, La Crosse hosts more than one million visitors as people across the globe are attracted by the natural beauty and recreational opportunities offered by the upper Mississippi River area — including the region's rich history, unique attractions and variety of great shopping, dining and cultural offerings. La Crosse is located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. From award-winning restaurants in historic buildings to ethnic enclaves ripe for exploration, there's something for everyone's taste in La Crosse. A town known for its beer can't help but have great pub food and pizza, in addition to Wisconsin's favorite: cheese curds!

For more information on La Crosse, please visit the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau website.


Questions regarding the event can be forwarded to Casey Meehan,, or Laurie Landry,