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NILOA January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year! NILOA’s Newsletter welcomes our newest addition to the NILOA team, features an Occasional Paper, Equity and Assessment: Moving Towards Culturally Responsive Assessment by Erick Montenegro and Natasha Jankowski, and a Viewpoint, Academic and Student Affairs Sides of the House: Can We Have an Open Concept Learning Design? by Darby Roberts. In addition, we invite you to submit a proposal requesting a visit from one of our DQP/Tuning Coaches, and apply for the 2017 Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designation. The newsletter concludes with a featured website from Point Loma Nazarene University, and information on relevant News and Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

Please help us welcome Filip Przybysz as NILOA’s new Communications Coordinator! Filip will provide assistance to the Director and Assistant Director in developing communication initiatives for NILOA. Previously, he was Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Relations for a hovercraft manufacturer, and was responsible for all communication efforts and marketing campaigns. His main interests include visual communication and interaction with digital communications and social media.

New NILOA Occasional Paper
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Equity and Assessment:
Moving Towards Culturally Responsive Assessment
Erick Montenegro and Natasha A. Jankowski

As colleges educate a more diverse and global student population, there is increased need to ensure every student succeeds regardless of their differences. This paper explores the relationship between equity and assessment, addressing the question: how consequential can assessment be to learning when assessment approaches may not be inclusive of diverse learners? The paper argues that for assessment to meet the goal of improving student learning and authentically documenting what students know and can do, a culturally responsive approach to assessment is needed. In describing what culturally responsive assessment entails, this paper offers a rationale as to why change is necessary, proposes a way to conceptualize the place of students and culture in assessment, and introduces three ways to help make assessment more culturally responsive. Read more...

New NILOA Viewpoint

Academic and Student Affairs Sides of the House:
Can We Have an Open Concept Learning Design?
Darby Roberts
Texas A&M University

Almost all of higher education institutions today have a set of learning outcomes or objectives that address skills related to communication (written, oral, interpersonal), critical thinking, ethical decision making, applying learning, diversity and inclusion, social/civic responsibility, lifelong learning, teamwork, etc. Development in those areas is not limited to the classroom experience: they can occur in student leadership experiences, in employment, in study abroad, and many other opportunities. Historically, we believed that learning took place in the four walls of a classroom, and faculty were in charge of imparting knowledge. The co-curricular was not considered a learning environment and may not have been valued as part of the college experience. My hope is that we are entering a new structure where we recognize that learning can take place everywhere, we are all educators, and we are all responsible for assessing and documenting student learning. This new open design would promote campus collaboration, thus decreasing the competition for resources and renewing the focus on student learning and success as a holistic experience. Read more…

Request for Proposals for DQP/Tuning Coach Visits

NILOA is currently accepting proposals from institutions seeking to advance and accelerate campus initiatives to enhance student learning through DQP/Tuning Coach visits. Proposals are due by March 17While Coaches are available for any interested institution, this particular RFP is seeking proposals from institutions interested in building partnerships outside of academic units, for instance in co-curricular units or learning experiences through alignment with DQP proficiencies. Requesting institutions should also, preferably, be currently involved with related initiatives such as, but not limited to revision of general education, revision of program review, review of institutional learning goals or LEAP. Institutions can request a DQP/Tuning Coach visit by completing this formRead more...

Excellence in Assessment (EIA)

Application materials for the 2017 Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designation are now available! The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program recognizes institutions for their efforts in intentional integration of campus-level learning outcomes assessment. The EIA designation focuses on campus processes and uses of assessment outcomes, rather than on student performance or accomplishment. Completed applications are due by April 14, 2017. Read more…

NILOA Updates

NILOA Featured Website

Point Loma Nazarene University’s Institutional Assessment webpage provides an in-depth, holistic look at the university’s assessment efforts. The webpage covers three central areas of the institution's assessment practices: institutional, co-curricular, and academic. The institutional assessment section includes links to assessment guidelines, rubrics, and templates for academic programs, reports of its participation with the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP), in addition to information about its use of LiveText software for documenting student learning through student e-portfolios. Read more...



Co-Curricular Transcripts?
Questioning the concept of co-curricular transcripts and their use in documenting student learning outside of the classroom, Matt Reed provides a list of thought-provoking concerns about the purpose and usefulness of such transcripts.

Exploring the HBCU Faculty Experience
We invite you to participate in a study examining the experiences of faculty related to workload (teaching, assessment, service) with an emphasis on faculty who teach at historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The insights you provide will serve to increase awareness and understanding of the roles of HBCUs in higher education.

5 Ways to Shake Up the Lecture (Premium Content)
Rethinking the standard approach to teaching large lecture classes, Katherine Mangan provides a list of alternative teaching approaches that may allow for a more meaningful learning experience for students.

At Valparaiso, the Holistic Department Opens Up New Possibilities for Faculty
Seeking to ease the pressure that comes with the various responsibilities of being a faculty member, faculty at Valparaiso have shifted to a Holistic Department framework that allows for a more team-oriented and evaluation friendly environment.

Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus (CLA+) National Results, 2015-16
The Council for Aid Education released a report that details institutional participation with its Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) initiative.

How One University Encourages Innovation in Teaching (premium content)
Discussing the use of digital learning analytics, Robert Ubell highlights the benefits of assessing student learning within online classes.

Competency Champion
Dan Berrett talked with Charla Long, executive director of the Competency-Based Education Network, about the growth and prospect of the competency-based education movement within higher education.

Upcoming Conferences and Programs

January 18. The Changing Faculty: Exploring and Creating New Faculty Models for Student Success & Institutional Effectiveness
Pomona, CA. WASC Senior College and University Commission.

January 22. Proposals Due: 2017 AALHE Conference
Louisville, KY. Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education.

January 24. Webinar: Effective College Instruction and the Impact on Student Success
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. American Council on Education (ACE).
**This webinar will be presented by Natasha A. Jankowski, NILOA director.

January 25-28. 2017 AAC&U Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA. Association of American Colleges and Universities.
**Thursday January 26, 10:45-12:00, “Coming Clean”: Rebuilding the Public Trust, Natasha Jankowski will participate in a panel with Paul Gaston, Aaron Thompson, Mary Ellen Petrisko, and Debra Humphreys
**Friday 4:15-5:30 January 27, Equitable Assignments: A Conversation to Improve Teaching, Learning, and Assessment; Discussion session with Natasha Jankowski, Erick Montengro, and Mary-Ann Winkelmes
**Friday January 27, 2:45-4:00, Excellence in Assessment Designations: Lessons from the Field, session with Teri Hinds, Rose Mince, Jeff Grann, and Alice Knudsen

January 27. Proposals Due: 2017 Illinois Community College Assessment Fair
Chicago Heights, IL. Prairie State College.

February 1. Applications Due: 2017 AAC&U’s Institute on General Education and Assessment
Chicago, IL. Loyola University Chicago.

February 1. Proposals Due: 2017 ANNY Annual Conference
Hyde Park, NY. Assessment Network of New York.

February 3. 2017 SLO Symposium
Anaheim, CA. North Orange County Community College District.
**Dr. Natasha A. Jankowski, NILOA director, will deliver the Keynote.

February 3. Analytics for Academics: Producing Actionable Information about Students and Learning to Improve Effectiveness
Claremont, CA. WASC Senior College and University Commission.

February 5-7. 2017 Community College Conference on Learning Assessment
Orlando, FL. Valencia College.

February 6. Call for Proposals: 2017 EAIR Forum
Porto, Portugal. University of Porto.

February 13. Applications Due: 2017 AAC&U Institute on Project-Based Learning
Worcester, MA. Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


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