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NILOA February 2017 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter is full of instructive material and updates.  It leads with a new Viewpoint from Peggy Maki‚Äč, discussing her new book, Real Time Student Assessment: Prioritizing Enrolled Students’ Equitable Progress toward Achieving a High-Quality Degree. In addition, we feature two papers, Getting Assessment Back on the Right Track and Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes, respectively authored by NILOA senior scholar George Kuh and NILOA director Natasha Jankowski. It also contains information about NILOA In the Field, a Featured Website from the University of San Diego, a call for proposals for a DQP/Tuning Coach Visit, relevant News items, and information on Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

We invite you to consider applying for the second annual Teaching and Learning National Institute (TLNI): Using Evidence for Improvement.  The Institute, co-sponsored by NILOA, is an opportunity for campus teams from two- and four-year colleges and universities to use their assessment data and research about effective practice to develop evidence-based action plans aimed at improving instructional practices and student engagement, learning and success. More information can be found here.

Finally, we remind you that the deadline to submit a proposal for the 2017 Assessment Institute is March 10, 2017. The Institute will be held October 22-24, 2017, in Indianapolis.

New NILOA Viewpoint

Real-time Student Assessment:
Prioritizing Enrolled Students’ Equitable Progress toward Achieving a High-Quality Degree
Peggy Maki

In this Viewpoint and in her book released this month, Real-time Student Assessment: Meeting the Imperative for Improved Time to Degree,Closing the Opportunity Gap, and Assuring Student Competencies for 21st-Century Needs, Peggy Maki challenges institutions to prioritize the use of real-time assessment results to benefit enrolled students in comparison with the more common practices of prolonged assessment cycles or scheduled point-in-time practices, the results of which are generally used to benefit future students. To ensure that all of our increasingly diverse students graduate with the outcomes they need to be self-sufficient and productive citizens, Peggy advocates for real-time student assessment processes at the institution and program levels. Read more…

Papers by NILOA Staff

Getting Assessment Back on the Right Track
George D. Kuh
NILOA Senior Scholar and Co-principal Investigator

“Experiential Learning and Assessment for Today’s Learner: The Link between Theory and Practice,” is a two-part publication in the CAEL Forum and News. First, George Kuh briefly revisits the history of assessment in higher education and makes a case for assessment as an “engaging pedagogical strategy embedded in the regular work faculty do.” Then, Council of Experiential Learning (CAEL) president and CEO Pamela Tate and CAEL senior fellow Donna Younger discuss Kuh’s article in the context of adult learning. Read more…


Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes
Natasha A. Jankowski
NILOA Director

ACE commissioned this white paper as part of the Council’s collaboration with USA Funds to examine higher education instruction and assess the connections between quality teaching and student success. The paper provides insight into five areas of intersection between instruction and student outcomes including transparency, pedagogical approaches, assessment, self-regulation, and alignment. The paper concludes that for students to succeed, they must be engaged in stimulating and effective learning environments. But for that to happen, “faculty need to help students make connections between various learning experiences and the end goals of higher education by supporting student-centered learning environments.” Read more…

NILOA In the Field

We invite you to view a new page where we share NILOA's work in the field through Senior Scholar commentary and resources to highlight the range of our engagement in conversations around learning and share our work with a variety of audiences.

Last month, NILOA participated in the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Annual Meeting which was a reflection of a larger context surrounding higher education. To view presentations, commentary, and images from the Annual Meeting, please visit the new page. Read more…

NILOA Updates

NILOA Featured Website

The University of San Diego’s Student Outcomes website presents a detailed account of the university’s student learning assessment efforts. The website includes links to information about student learning, retention and graduation rates, and career outcomes. In particular, the Student Learning section offers access to content about institutional, undergraduate, graduate, and co-curricular learning outcomes, plus information about student engagement and program review. This section also offers an overview of student learning by discipline. Website visitors can also analyze retention and graduation data of both undergraduate and graduate students at the university. Read more...

DQP Updates

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...


New Issue of Assessment Update
The latest issue of Assessment Update (January/February 2017) is now available. This issue features Recognizing Excellence in Assessment by Jillian Kinzie, Teri Lyn Hinds, Natasha A. Jankowski and Terrel L. Rhodes, Doing It Our Way: Outcomes Assessment at IUPUI from Trudy W. Banta and Susan Kahn,  Excellence in Assessment at Community College of Baltimore County by Rosalie Mince, Competency-Based Education: Capella University's Excellence in Assessment Profile by Jeff Grann, and Excellence in Assessment: Aligning Assignments and Improving Learning by Mary Kay Jordan-Fleming.

2017 Teaching and Learning National Institute: Using Evidence for Improvement
The second annual Teaching and Learning National Institute (TLNI) is an exciting opportunity to put teaching and learning, and the quality of students' experiences in the classroom, at the center of campus change efforts. Applications are now being accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

Making the Case for Liberal Arts Colleges
Richard Detweiler conducted a study about the educational impact liberal arts colleges have on graduates and found that graduates reported attaining learning outcomes that correspond to the goals of a liberal arts education.

Digging Deeper into Campus Diversity
Authors of a recent study about the impact of campus diversity on students' learning found that negative diversity experiences hindered students' cognitive development.

Provosts in the Middle
Based on a 2017 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers conducted by Gallup, provosts reported more confidence about the use of assessment for teaching and learning than faculty members. 

Reimagining the College Transcript
Addressing the increasing interest in rethinking the form and use of transcripts, educators came together to offer new ways of thinking about transcripts that capture student learning and are useful for employers.

The Chronicle's Best Ideas for Teaching, 2017
This issue of Focus includes ten articles that highlight high-tech and low-tech teaching strategies aimed at improving students' learning experiences.

'Regaining Public Trust'
During the Association of American Colleges and Universities 2017 Annual Meeting, participants, including NILOA's director Natasha Jankowski, discussed the need to increase transparency and communication of student learning in order to build public trust.

The Idea that Launched a Thousand Strategic Plans
The idea of a skills gap influences many discussions about student learning within higher education and has implications for how we think about employers' relationships with student learning outcomes assessment.

Webinar Recording Now Available
The recording of a February 7, 2017, LiveText webinar, Making Meaning from Chaos: Intentional Learning through Curricular Alignment presented by Natasha Jankowksi, NILOA director, is now available.

Upcoming Conferences and Programs

February 16-17. 2017 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference
Detroit, MI. Oakland University

February 20. Proposals Due: 2017 CREA International Conference
Chicago, IL. Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA)

February 23-25. 2017 AAC&U General Education and Assessment: Design Thinking for Student Learning
Phoenix, AZ. Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
**Friday, February 24, 11:00am - 12:00pm. Natasha Jankowski, NILOA director, will lead a workshop Excellence in Assessment Designations: Lessons from the Field.
**Friday, February 24, 2:15 - 3:15pm. Natasha Jankowski, NILOA director, Will deliver a plenary Bringing It All Together for Enhanced Student Learning.
**Friday, February 24, 3:30 – 5:00pm. Jillian Kinzie, NILOA senior scholar, and Nathan Lindsay, University of Montana, will co-lead a workshop It Takes a Village: Key Strategies for Engaging More Faculty in Assessment.
**Saturday, February 25, 8:30 – 9:30am. Sandra Bailey, Oregon Institute of Technology, and David Marshall, NILOA senior scholar, will co-lead a workshop Integration of General Education and the Major: Mapping Integrative Learning.

February 24. 2017 Illinois Community College Assessment Fair
Chicago Heights, IL. Prairie State College

February 27. Assessment 101: The Assessment Cycle, Clear and Simple
Claremont, CA. WASC Senior College and University Commission

March 2-3. 2017 Transformative Learning Conference
Oklahoma City, OK. University of Central Oklahoma

March 3. Proposals Due: 2017 LiveText Assessment & Collaboration Conference
Chicago, IL. LiveText.

March 10. Call for Proposals: 2017 Assessment Institute
Indianapolis, IN. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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