Dr. Banta is Professor of Higher Education and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Academic Planning and Evaluation at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Considered a pioneer in outcomes assessment in higher education, Banta has received ten national awards for her work in this field. Before moving to IUPUI in 1992, Banta was the founding director the Center for Assessment Research and Development at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Banta has developed and coordinated 30 national conferences and 15 international conferences on the topic of assessing quality in higher education. She has consulted with faculty and administrators in 47 US states, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates, and has by invitation addressed national conferences on outcomes assessment in Australia, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, and Spain.
Banta has written or edited 20 published volumes on assessment, contributed 30 chapters to other published works, and written more than 300 articles and reports. She is the founding editor of Assessment Update, a bi-monthly periodical published since 1989 by Jossey-Bass publishers, San Francisco. Banta’s work in outcomes assessment has been recognized by, among others, the American Association for Higher Education, the American Productivity and Quality Center, the Association for Institutional Research, the National Council on Measurement in Education, and the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education. The American College Personnel Association has honored her with two awards.