Preparing for a Career in HR: the Importance of Education and Knowledge Assessment for Entry-level HR Professionals

SHRM 2012 Annual Conference
This session provides relevant information about SHRM’s work to influence the future of university-level education in HR, its Assurance of Learning Assessment as a way to test knowledge and readiness of recent graduates of HR programs, and why this is imp
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Do you seek better-prepared candidates for entry-level HR positions in your organization? SHRM has been working for more than six years with universities across the globe to ensure bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in HR are teaching students the HR knowledge areas employers require. In 2011, SHRM introduced the Assurance of Learning Assessment for Graduating HR students to establish a new universal benchmark that employers can rely on to confirm that recent graduates entering the field of HR possess sufficient knowledge to enter the profession.  If your organization is concerned about the quality and preparedness of new hires in HR, come to this session. Learn about how SHRM involves HR faculty and HR practitioners in its Academic Initiatives to build a better pipeline of candidates through education and assessment. You will also learn about how and why the new assessment was created and why you should expect to see this achievement on recent graduates’ résumés.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 25, 2012 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Lorin Mueller


Lorin Mueller, PhD, SPHR, is a nationally recognized expert on occupational and employment testing. He is currently as the managing director of assessment at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, a not-for-profit that develops the national licensure examination for physical therapy professionals. Prior to taking that position, Dr. Mueller was a Principal Research Scientist at the American Institutes for Research where he led the development of SHRM’s Assurance of Learning assessment for recent HR graduates. Dr. Mueller has worked on occupational assessments for such diverse occupations as air-traffic controllers, advanced mathematicians, medical school students, and teachers.

Nancy A. Woolever, SHRM-SCP

Nancy A.

Nancy Woolever, SHRM-SCP, joined SHRM in 1997 to plan SHRM’s conference, seminar, e-learning and executive education programs. In 2006, she began leading SHRM’s academic initiative to raise HR educational standards and led the test development and administration of SHRM’s student capstone exam before joining the certification team as director of exam development in 2017. In 2019, Ms. Woolever became the vice president of certification operations as overall product and project owner with responsibility for exam development, certificant care and testing administration. Before joining SHRM, Ms. Woolever held various management positions in industry and academia. Her specialty areas are test development, training and development.  Ms. Woolever holds a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in HR both from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Scott Davies

Davies, Ph.D.

Based in Washington, D.C.

Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
 Not Available for Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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