The Role of Professionals in Student Learning Assessment
You'll learn about:
The drivers and fundamentals of student learning and outcomes assessment in higher education
The various ways planning programs are ensuring students have the skills required to work as planners
Opportunities for professionals to work with local universities and planning faculty in student learning and outcomes assessment
The profession has a long-term vested interest in the success of planning programs and its students. After all, as graduates they will go on to plan our communities, cities, towns, villages, etc. Practitioners have a personal stake in the performance of planning programs and their students; therefore it is critical that they are engaged in student and programmatic assessment. Surprisingly, not all planning programs engage practitioners in their assessment processes. This session will explore how planning programs have engaged local employers, the local APA Chapter and alumni to ensure that students are learning what they need to know to be successful planners. Panelists will discuss ways practitioners can support program’s efforts and advocate for the professions involvement in outcomes assessment at their local university.
Confirmed SpeakerMarcia O. Kees has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University at Albany SUNY since 2011, teaching planning law, park and historic preservation planning, and planning studio courses. She completed thirty-five years of public service employment, retiring from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Ms. Kees conducted undergraduate work in history at SUNY Oswego and graduate work in city and regional planning at Cornell University. She is past president of the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Capital District Planners Association and has served as a board member or advisor for several non-profit organizations.
, San Jose State University
, San Jose
Confirmed SpeakerDr. Hilary Nixon is Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at San José State University. She also serves as Director of Research and Technology Transfer for the Mineta Transportation Institute. In addition, Dr. Nixon has served as Assessment Coordinator for the College of Social Sciences at SJSU since 2011.
, Ball State University
Confirmed SpeakerProfessor of Urban Planning at Ball State University and an independent planning consultant. A frequent litigation consultant and expert witness on cases involving the regulation of signs, billboards and/or adult businesses. Has consulted with more than 100 local governments in more than 35 states. Since 1995, Kelly has been general editor of the 10-volume Matthew Bender set Zoning and Land Use Controls. An author or co-author of seven technical reports published in the Planning Advisory Service Reports series of the American Planning Association, including Everything you always wanted to know about regulating sex businesses with Connie Cooper. Kelly is a past national president of the American Planning Association, and in 1999, he was inducted as one of the members of College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Kelly holds Master of City Planning and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in public policy from the Union Institute. He is a member of the Colorado bar.
, State Univ of New York
Confirmed SpeakerDr. Catherine T. Lawson is Chair of the Department of Geography and Planning, Director of the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning. In addition, she is an Affiliated Faculty member of the Department of Informatics, in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity, at the University at Albany – State University of New York. She received her BA in Accounting and Economics from Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, in 1988. She received her MA in Economics in 1995, MURP in Urban Planning in 1997, and PhD in Urban Studies/Regional Science, in 1998, from Portland State University (PSU), Portland, Oregon. Her research interests include creating an Applied Data Science Environment (ADSE) for transportation research and planning for freight, transit, and passenger travel. As the Director of the Lewis Mumford Center (LMC) at the University at Albany, she established the University at Albany Visualization and Informatics Lab (AVAIL), a “new generation” research lab, specializing in advanced data-driven visualization and informatics.
, Planning Accreditation Board