Ashley Finley
Senior Director of Assessment and Research

Higher Ed

  • Assessment
  • Civics
  • Student life

Ashley Finley is the senior director of assessment and research at the Association of American Colleges and Universities and national evaluator for the Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) project. Finley’s work at both the campus and national levels focuses on developing best practices regarding program implementation, instrumentation, and mixed methods assessment. She is the author of “Making Progress: What We Know the Achievement of Liberal Education Outcomes,” and “Using the VALUE Rubrics for Improvement of Learning and Authentic Assessment,” with Terrel Rhodes, and several articles and book chapters on assessment and student learning. In her work with BTtoP, Finley has worked with campuses to implement and assess programs focused on the intersectionality of emphases attendant to the whole student— their engagement in learning, civic development and psychosocial well-being. Before joining AAC&U, she was an assistant professor of sociology at Dickinson College. Finley received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s and doctorate, both in sociology, from the University of Iowa.