Drury staff member recognized as contributor to American Evaluation Association

April 28, 2011

Media Contact:
Dr. Laura Plybon
Director of Assessment & Instructional Design
College of Graduate & Continuing Studies
Office: (417) 873-7317
E-mail: lplybon@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 28, 2011 — Dr. Laura Plybon, Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Director of Assessment and Instructional Design, has been invited by the American Evaluation Association (AEA) to contribute to the AEA 365 Tip-A-Day program.

Dr. Plybon was selected as a contributor to the AEA conference based on a submission that she co-authored with Tony Bowers, Director of the Drury Law Enforcement Academy. The submission centered on an evaluation of the Drury Law Enforcement Academy where incoming students were assessed in order to determine if the ASSET writing skills test could serve as an appropriate predictor of future academic success, as well as completion of the academy. 

The AEA 365 Tip-A-Day program is a web-based site sponsored by AEA, which aims at sharing resources, tips, and lessons learned from evaluators around the globe. Dr. Plybon will focus on the effective use of academic assessment tools for university-based professional programs, such as police academies. Other contributors to this program include Michael Quinn Patton, former president of the AEA, and Abraham Wandersman, professor of psychology at Cornell University.

“We are honored to be selected by such a renowned organization,” said Dr. Plybon. “These results and this recognition simply would not have been possible without the sound assessment plan, quality assessment tools, and long-term data collection organized by Tony Bowers and the Drury Law Enforcement Academy.” 

Dr. Plybon and Bowers will also be presenting their findings at the American Psychological Association(APA) Conference in Washington DC in August 2011. The title of their presentation is “Assessment in Law Enforcement Academies: Predictors of Peace Officer Student Success.”