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NILOA October 2017 Newsletter

October is a special time for NILOA, as we are very excited about this month’s Assessment Institute, held in Indianapolis, IN. Read below about presentations and workshops that the NILOA Team will be participating in, and if you plan on attending, we look forward to seeing you in one of our many sessions in the NILOA track.

This edition of our newsletter features information regarding NILOA's Track at the Assessment Institute, and a Viewpoint by David Marshall, titled Rethinking the Role of Work in Higher Education. Furthermore, we are happy to announce Oakland University as NILOA’s Featured Website this month. Finally, please check relevant News Items and information on the Upcoming Conferences and Programs section.  

2017 Assessment Institute

NILOA Track Highlights and Presentations

The 2017 Assessment Institute provides opportunities for: (1) individuals and campus teams new to outcomes assessment to acquire fundamental knowledge about the field; (2) individuals who have worked as leaders in outcomes assessment to share and extend their knowledge and skills; and (3) those interested in outcomes assessment at any level to establish networks that serve as sources of support and expertise beyond the dates of the Institute. In addition to the NILOA track, please stop in and see NILOA Senior Scholars in the following sessions: 

  1. George D. Kuh, NILOA senior scholar and co-principal investigator, Laura Gambino, Guttman College CUNY, Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, San Diego State University, and Ken O’Donnell, California State University Dominguez Hills, will present a pre-conference workshop Using ePortfolio to Document and Enhance the Dispositional Learning Impact of HIPs, on Sunday, October 22, from 1.30 to 4.30 p.m.
  2. Peter Ewell, NILOA Senior Scholar, will be a Featured Speaker during the Lifetime Achievement in Assessment Award Luncheon, on Monday, October 23, from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  3. Peter Ewell, NILOA senior scholar, Melanie Booth and Bill Plater, The QA Commons, will present Assuring Graduate Readiness for the 21st Century: An Alternative Quality Assurance Approach, on Tuesday, October 23, from 1.45 to 2.45 p.m.
  4. Jillian Kinzie, NILOA Senior Scholar, Amy Ribera and Sarah Hurtado, Indiana University, will present Engagement Insights: Applying NSSE to Student Affairs Assessment, on Monday, October 24, from 9.30 to 10.30 a.m.

Click here for more information about the presentations in the NILOA Track at the 2017 Assessment Institute.

NILOA Viewpoint
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Rethinking the Role of Work in Higher Education

David Marshall
NILOA Senior Scholar

Calls for accountability and complaints about higher education in the United States have cycled over the years, but in the wake of the Spellings Commission’s report on U.S. education, we have heard continued laments. It may seem strange to go back to the administration of George W. Bush to open a viewpoint penned in 2017, but calls for evidence have yielded a longer-term impact seeking evidence that students learn, and not just learn, but learn what the country needs them to. This Viewpoint explores the relationship between the different desired ends of college as applications of learning in a variety of contexts.

This Viewpoint by David Marshall is based on work described in further detail in NILOA's latest book by Jankowski and Marshall (2017), Degrees That Matter: Moving Higher Education to a Learning Systems Paradigm (Stylus Publishing). It will be further explored by Natasha Jankowski during 2017 Assessment Institute NILOA Track Keynote, Building a Case for a Learning System in Indianapolis, IN. Read more...


NILOA Updates

NILOA Featured Website

Oakland University’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website consists of two main sections: Program Assessment and General Education Assessment. Program Assessment is overseen by The University Assessment Committee (UAC), with members appointed by the University’s Senate. The Program Assessment section defines the tasks of the UAC in the form of a mission statement. Read more...


NILOA Perspectives: Assessment in a Learning Systems Paradigm
In this month’s Assessment Update, NILOA’s own David Marshall and Natasha Jankowski expand on their recent book, Degrees that Matter: Moving Higher Education to a Learning Systems Paradigm. The authors discuss the four elements of a Learning Systems Paradigm – alignment, consensus-based, learner-centeredness, and communication – to build understanding of how such a paradigm can benefit assessment.  

Colleges and universities using survey data to improve student learning and success
NSSE's Lessons from the Field shows how a range of institutions are improving by using the NSSE framework and feedback on institutional performance compared to benchmarks. In many cases NSSE results were the catalyst for institutional action to learn more from other data sources or surveys designed to probe more deeply into the issue.

Reinventing Employer Signaling in a Rapidly Changing Talent Marketplace
A new report by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation explores the new ways employers should use to communicate their requirements to job seekers in order to improve high skill hiring. The report also stresses the growing importance of more effective partnership between employers and educators in order to successfully close the "skills gap". 

Improving the Quality of Education
The drive to increase graduation rates may be one of the contributing factors responsible for the decline in the quality of education, claims Derek Bok. One of the problems may be that faculty either ignore the expected learning outcomes in order to boost graduation rates, or fail to design courses to achieve the outcomes.

Group Attempts New Twist on Accreditation
The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher & Postsecondary Education (QA Commons) is a new initiative exploring alternative approaches to accreditation in higher education. Through its essential employability qualities, the QA Commons seeks to close the gap between institutions, students, and employers.

Stop Looking at Rankings. Use Academe’s Own Measures Instead
Instead of using rankings such as those from the U.S. News and World Report, compare institutions using academically significant dimensions. For example, the Voluntary System of Accountability and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System allow for institutional comparison among variables such as graduation rates, net cost, aid, student diversity, and academic programs.

Creating Data Faculty Can Use
Inside Higher Ed interviewed Brad C. Phillips and Jordan E. Horowitz – both from the Institute for Evidence-based Change– about their new book, Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges: A New Model for Educators. The authors discussed the quality of data at the community college level, and how these institutions can leverage the data available to them to improve students’ academic success. 

New Partnership Explores Data Sharing Between Students, Education, Business
A partnership between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Lumina Foundation seeks to explore how leveraging data/analytics can benefit employers, institutions, and students.

Upcoming Conferences and Programs

October 22-24. 2017 Assessment Institute
Indianapolis, IN. Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis.
**NILOA will have a Track at the 2016 Assessment Institute. See here for the list of presentations.

November 3, 2017. NEean Fall Forum 2017: Advancing Assessment in New England
The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
**Friday, November 3, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. Natasha Jankowski, NILOA director, will delivery a keynote Inspiring Sustained Assessment: Sharing Our Stories of Excellence.

November 3, 2017. 2017 Assessment Network of New York Fall Regional Event
Wilton, NY. 

November 3, 2017. Team-Based Learning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Successful Teams.
Edmond, OK. University of Central Oklahoma.

November 9-11, 2017. 42nd Annual ASHE Conference: Power to the People.
Houston, TX
**Saturday, November 11, 10:30 am - 11:45 am. Jillian Kinzie, NILOA senior scholar, will present High Impact Practices: Is the Impact Positive or Negative for Students of Color? 

November 13-14, 2017. 2017 Southeastern Library Assessment Conference.
Atlanta, GA.

November 16-19, 2017. NCA 103rd Annual Convention: Our Legacy, Our Relevance.
Dallas, TX.
**Wednesday, November 15 (Preconference), 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Natasha Jankowski, NILOA director, will co-present Learning Outcomes in Communication: Articulating Relevvance, Creating Legacy.

November 15-17, 2017. 2017 Virginia Assessment Group Conference.
Richmond, VA.
**Thursday, November 16, 8:30 - 9:30 am. Natasha Jankowski, NILOA director, will deliver the keynote, Charting the future by reflecting on our past.


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