Kate D. McConnell
Kate Drezek McConnell, PhD, is Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and Executive Director of VALUE, USA. Prior to taking on this role, Kate served as Assistant Vice President for Research and Assessment and Director of the VALUE Institute at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). AAC&U’s nationwide assessment system enables any higher education provider to collect and upload samples of student work to a digital repository and have the work scored by certified VALUE Institute scorers for external validation of institutional learning assessment. An educational psychologist by training, Kate has written extensively on the reliability and validity of the VALUE approach to assessment. Her other research and campus consultations focus on using course-embedded assessment to improve teaching and learning while also addressing accountability and accreditation requirements; course-embedded assessment; aligning pedagogy with assessment efforts; faculty development; and leveraging the learning sciences in teaching, assessment, and evaluation.