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NILOA August 2017 Newsletter

This month's NILOA Newsletter introduces the 2017 Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designees and we encourage you to join us in congratulating them! Next, we offer a new Assessment in Practice, When the Call Comes, Keep Calm and Assess On: Using the EIA Designation Rubric as a Self-study for Improvement, by Christine Robinson, Elise Demeter, John G. Frederick, and Cathy Sanders. We also announce the release of a new NILOA book, Degrees that Matter: Moving Higher Education to a Learning Systems Paradigm, along with a webinar hosted by TaskStream, Assessment in a Learning Systems Paradigm, presented by book authors Dr. Natasha A. Jankowski, NILOA director, and Dr. David W. Marshall, NILOA senior scholar. We also want to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 NILOA National Provost Survey. In addition, please note the Featured Website from Bucknell University, relevant News Items, and information on Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

EIA Designation Class of 2017

Five Colleges & Universities Named as
2017 Excellence in Assessment Designees

The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program recognizes colleges and universities that successfully integrate assessment practices across campus, provide evidence of student learning outcomes to stakeholders, and utilize assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance. The EIA designations are sponsored by the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), a joint initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and NILOA.

Five colleges and universities were named Excellence in Assessment designees, recognizing their commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success: Bowling Green State University; James Madison University; Middlesex Community College; Rio Salado College; and Southern Connecticut State University. One institution, James Madison University, received the designation of Sustained Excellence in Assessment. Please join us in congratulating the 2017 EIA Designees!

Application materials for the 2018 EIA Designation will be available in November. Read more…

New Assessment in Practice

When the Call Comes, Keep Calm and Assess On: Using the EIA Designation Rubric as a Self-study
for Improvement

Christine Robinson, Elise Demeter, John G. Frederick,
& Cathy Sanders

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

We are excited to announce the five colleges and universities receiving the 2017 EIA Designation. However, if your institution did not apply for the Designation, you can still use the EIA Rubric for improvement as the University of North Carolina at Charlotte exemplifies. The EIA Designation rubric “focuses on campus processes and uses of assessment outcomes rather than on student performance or accomplishment.” This Assessment in Practice describes how UNC Charlotte applied the rubric, how results were used, and how using the rubric helped improved the university. Read more…

New NILOA Book
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Degrees that Matter:
Moving Higher Education to a Learning Systems Paradigm

Natasha A. Jankowski, NILOA director

David W. Marshall, NILOA senior scholar.

We are pleased to announce the release of a new NILOA book, Degrees that Matter: Moving Higher Education to a Learning Systems Paradigm. The authors draw upon Tuning and the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) to offer an alternative to the culture of compliance in assessment and accreditation. The authors propose a different approach which they call the Learning Systems Paradigm aimed at shifting the focus from teaching to learning. The paradigm encourages faculty and staff to systematically seek out information on how well students are learning and how well various areas of the institution are supporting the student experience and to use that information to create more coherent and explicit learning experiences for students. The book is available for pre-order from Stylus Publishing. Read more…

NILOA TaskStream Webinar

We invite you to participate in a NILOA webinar, Assessment in a Learning Systems Paradigm, on August 30, 2017. The webinar will feature ideas from the new NILOA book, Degrees that Matter: Moving Higher Education to a Learning Systems Paradigm, authored by webinar presenters Dr. Natasha A. Jankowski, NILOA director, and Dr. David W. Marshall, NILOA senior scholar. Based on research from more than 800 institutions, this webinar will explain how a Learning Systems Paradigm has emerged to help advance a more integrated, coherent educational experience for students. Participants will learn about the paradigm and how it can inform shifts in perspectives on assessment. Further, the webinar will examine the use of assignments as the bedrock of strong student learning. Read more…

NILOA’s 2017 National Provost Survey Thank You

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our third National NILOA Provost Survey. Successful implementation of learning outcomes assessment cannot occur without the active participation of higher education administrators and their faculty and staff colleagues. Drawing on results from NILOA's previous two surveys of chief academic officers in 2009 and 2013 we will be able to gauge any changes in patterns of institutional assessment related activities. We invite you to review the 2017 survey, along with the previous survey reports. Read more…

NILOA Updates

NILOA Featured Website

Bucknell University’s Assessment website serves as a central location for assessment-related information, tools, templates and resources for both external visitors and those within the university community. Included among the resources and information on outcomes are infographics on evidence of student learning based on Bucknell's 9 educational goals, and examples of assessment measures and uses of assessment results; as well as student projects aligned with these goals. In addition, learning outcomes for both individual academic departments/programs and the college core curriculum are available. Finally, a message from Provost Barbara K. Altmann on the Importance of Assessment at Bucknell University is featured. Read more...


New Issue of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning
We invite you to peruse the most recent issues of  Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning volume 49 Issue 2 and Issue 3. Included in these issues are Symbolic Translation and What Our Work Requires by Clifford Adelman, and Reframing Student Success in College: Advancing Know-What and Know-How by Jillian Kinzie and George Kuh, respectively.  

Summer 2017 issue of Research & Practice in Assessment
The Summer 2017 issue of Research & Practice in Assessment is now available. Included in this issue are the articles "Examining Construct Validity of the Quantitative Literacy VALUE Rubric in College-level STEM Assignments" by Julie S. Gray, Melissa A. Brown, and John P. Connolly, and "Proof in the Pudding: Implications of Measure Selection in Academic Outcomes Assessment" by Stacy J. Priniski and Erin Winterrowd.

The Chronicle for Higher Education's Teaching Newsletter
The Chronicle has developed a weekly newsletter focused on teaching and learning. This inaugural edition of the newsletter discusses the syllabus, teaching practices, and other useful resources.

Accreditation is a Learning Experience
Accreditation is a process of quality assurance where colleges and universities can demonstrate the impact they have on students’ learning. However, accreditation can also be a learning experience for institutions. Each accrediting body offers various ways institutions can maintain quality and transparency; some of which are explored in this article.

How Do I Help Students Engage Productively in Active Learning Classrooms?
Active learning strategies can take time to garner student-buy in. This article offers research-based recommendations and examples on how to better engage students in active learning.

What’s My Grade: Why Students Need to Understand Learning and Assessment
Students tend to focus on grades instead of their actual learning gains, which points to a lack of student understanding on the importance of learning and assessment in the classroom. To help resolve this, the author discusses more student-centered assessment approaches.

Help Your Students Earn A’s by Not Focusing on Grades
A recently published paper "Using Goals to Motivate College Students: Theory and Evidence from Field Experiments" by Damon Clark, David Gill, Victoria Prowse, and Mark Rush finds that goal-setting can help students do better academically. Specifically, having students set tangible short-term goals on tasks which help them successfully complete a course were more effective than setting a goal to earn a specific grade.

Job Announcements:

Director of Assessment at Adams State University
Adams State University is seeking an individual with excellent assessment analysis and implementation skills to serve as the Director of Assessment. Review of complete applications will begin September 5, 2017. For more information, please see the position announcement.

IHEP Director of Applied Research
The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) is seeking a Director of Applied Research. Please refer to the position announcement for more information on primary responsibilities and qualifications.  

Upcoming Conferences and Programs

August 30. Assessment in a Learning Systems Paradigm
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. TaskStream and NILOA.
**Presented by Natasha Jankowski, NILOA director, and David Marshall, NILOA senior scholar 

September 3-6. 2017 EAIR Forum
Porto, Portugal. University of Porto.
**Wednesday, September 6, 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. Erick Montenegro, NILOA research analyst, and Natasha Jankowski, NILOA director, will present Moving Towards Equity in Assessment: Cultural Responsive and Student-Centered Assessment
**Wednesday, September 6, 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Natasha Jankowski, NILOA director, and David Marshall, NILOA senior scholar, will present Broadening the Learning Paradigm: A Systems View for Teaching

September 8. Proposals due: 2018 HLC Annual Conference
Chicago, IL. Higher Learning Commission.

September 13-15. 2017 Drexel Assessment Conference
Philadelphia, PA. Drexel University.
**Thursday, September 14, 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Natasha Jankowski, NILOA director, will deliver the a Plenary speech, Reclaiming Assessment: Unpacking the Dialogues of Our Work
** Thursday, September 14, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Jillian Kinzie, NILOA senior scholar, will present Acting on Data: Lessons about the Use of Student Engagement Results to Improve Student Learning

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