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NILOA November 2017 Newsletter

This edition of our newsletter features resources on libraries and assessment. In addition, we take a look back at October's Assessment Institute in the NILOA in the Field section, and provide you with feedback on select sessions. We feature a new NILOA Occasional Paper, released in partnership with Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), by Kara J. Malenfant and Karen Brown, Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices, Assessment in Practice by Charles L. Brown, Library PECConomics, and a new Viewpoint by Jennifer Duncan, Kacy Lundstrom and Becky Thoms, Collaborating for Individual and Institutional Success: Libraries as Strategic Campus Partners. Furthermore, we are happy to announce The Borough of Manhattan Community College’s (BMCC) Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics as NILOA’s Featured Website this month. Finally, please take notice of relevant news items and information on the Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

New NILOA Occasional Paper

Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices 
Kara J. Malenfant and Karen Brown

Meaningful and sustained assessment is best achieved when a campus unit takes a collaborative leadership role to work with other departments, offices, and groups. Simply developing and implementing assessment in isolation and for the unit itself is not enough. While the value of collaboration among diverse campus constituents is widely recognized, it is not easily achieved. This occasional paper synthesizes the results of the program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA) by the Association of College and Research Libraries, which involved over 200 campus teams led by librarians. Read more...

New NILOA Assessment in Practice

Library PECConomics
Charles L. Brown,
Assistant Provost and Dean of University Libraries, Professor
(former Institutional Effectiveness coordinator) 

This Assessment in Practice explores Sullivan University Library’s Planning and Evaluation Coordinating Council institutional effectiveness process, protocols, and associated body of knowledge – which has been dubbed PECConomics for short. Specifically, the author examines the meaningful ways in which the library navigates accreditation and assessment, the library’s role in terms of what has worked and why, the future of PECConomics, and the shifts moving away from a culture of compliance into a culture of continuous improvement. Read more...

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Collaborating for Individual and Institutional Success: Libraries as Strategic Campus Partners

Jennifer Duncan, Kacy Lundstrom, Becky Thoms
Utah State University Libraries

Librarians often struggle to successfully communicate their valuable contributions to teaching and learning to the larger university community. When we saw the call for proposals for the Association of American Colleges & Universities 2017 Annual Meeting, we recognized an opportunity to promote Utah State University (USU) Libraries’ work to align itself with our university goals and initiatives so that colleagues at other institutions might identify collaborative opportunities with their own libraries. Read more... 


NILOA In The Field

It has been nearly a month since the Assessment Institute concluded in Indianapolis. We would like to share our obervations from select sessions that were part of the NILOA Track and provide you with an opportunity to access presentations by the NILOA Team. This section features commentary on Transparency across the Curriculum: Assignments, Alignments, and Learning Outcomes, by Pat Hutchings, Building a Case for a Learning System, by Natasha Jankowski, A National View of the Field: 2017 NILOA Provost Survey Results by George Kuh and Jillian Kinzie, Assessment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, by Verna Orr and Using the Excellence in Assessment Designation to Advance Campus Assessment, by Gianina Baker. Finally, please find exclusive commentary about this year’s Assessment Institute by Peter Ewell and Pat Hutchings. The report from NILOA's September activities is also available in NILOA in the Field section on our website. Read more... 


NILOA Updates

NILOA Featured Website

The Borough of Manhattan Community College’s (BMCC) Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics ensures that learning is consistent with institutional goals utilizing assessment as a tool for planning and supporting student learning. To support assessment, resources are available on the BMCC website in an Assessment Handbook a comprehensive guide introducing faculty to assessment, defining institutional goals, along with instructions on planning, methods and execution. Read more...


Elevating Your Educational "Hotness": Achieving Teaching Excellence
Teaching excellence can not be achieved without properly designed assessment. It is a critical tool that helps teachers monitor and document learning, and thus allows them to adjust and improve their teaching. Author encourages teachers to use available resources, such as free access to NILOA resources, to learn and improve their assessment skills. 

Teaching Newsletter: Making It OK to Ask for Help. The First Big Grade
Freshmen often struggle to adjust to higher education grading, which delivers a different experience from what they are used to in high school. NILOA director, Natasha Jankowski, recommends that professors should prepare students for this new type of evaluation and inform them thoroughly what the learning outcomes are, so that students know what is expected of them.

Innovators: 10 Classroom Trailblazers
The Chronicle for Higher Education has released a new report highlighting ten examples of teaching innovators who continuously revise their pedagogy to better engage students.

ACE Issues White Paper Examining Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence
A new white paper from ACE, Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence: Assessing the Impacts and Outcomes of Faculty Development, argues that student-centered, attainment-focused pedagogical approaches can improve learning outcomes, as well as impact student retention, persistence, and overall success.

Teaching Newsletter: How to Infuse Creativity in the Classroom
This edition of the Teaching Newsletter includes examples of creative pedagogical practices used to teach creativity and concepts of social psychology such as discrimination and altruism. In addition, the newsletter offers an example of how one professor is providing students more effective feedback.  

Making Students’ Jobs More Meaningful
In order to meet work force demands for graduates with greater job skills, colleges and universities are providing students with more meaningful work experiences on campus. For example, Clemson University has introduced a paid internship program providing incentives for faculty and staff to create meaningful work opportunities for students.

It’sNotAcademic – The podcast: Episode eight with Brenda Small
Confederation College began developing indigenous learning outcomes in 2007, and they have been implemented throughout the college to increase every student’s understanding of indigenous culture and perspectives. This podcast explores the process, challenges, and drivers behind Confederation College engaging in this work.

An online debate about Teaching Excellence for Student Success
HEA is using their experience in supporting teaching in higher education to launch a debate about excellence in teaching, due to unprecedented scrutiny over higher education. 

Curriculum for Work-Force Development 
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation released the Talent Pipeline Management Academy. It is a proposed curriculum that aims to close the skills gap by increasing collaboration between employers, higher education institutions, and the government. The curriculum can be found here.

Job Announcements:

Director of Student Affairs Assessment
Case Western Reserve University is seeking a candidate to fill position of a Director of Student Affairs Assessment who will provide leadership, coordination and technical expertise for program evaluation, outcomes assessment and research efforts across the division.


ASHE Leadership Award to Trudy W. Banta 
NILOA congratulates Trudy W. Banta for recognition by ASHE's Leadership Award, given for outstanding leadership in advancing the study of higher education. This award is intended to recognize individuals who bring visibility and support to the field of higher education by demonstrating the contributions of the study of higher education to policy formation, or in gaining substantial resources for research and training in higher education. 

Elon Registrar's Office Wins Research Award
A proposal by Elon University, "Mining Co-Curricular Data to Improve Retention," has been selected for AACRAO’s 2017 Annual Strategic Enrollment Management Conference as part of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Track. More information on the proposal can be found here


Applications for the third annual Teaching and Learning National Institute (TLNI): Using Evidence for Improvement are now available! TLNI brings together campus teams committed to using evidence to identify areas of the student experience to strengthen and then, drawing from known successful practices, to construct more effective approaches both in and outside the classroom. Participating teams leave with an action plan in hand. NILOA is proud to be one of the sponsors of this Institute.  

Upcoming Conferences and Programs

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

November 26, 2017. Call for Proposals Deadline: 2018 Transformative Learning Conference

December 1-5, 2017. PESA Conference 2017. Birth, Death and Rebirth: Does philosophy of education need a new Subject?
Newcastle, Australia.
**Monday, December 4, 11:30 am. - 12:00 am. Natasha Jankowski, NILOA director, will deliver a presentation Birthing Integrated Networks: Transitory Learning in an Age of Change.

December 11-12, 2017. Professional Higher Education Accreditation: Why does it matter more than ever?
Düsseldorf, Germany.

December 13-15, 2017. 132nd NEASC Annual Meeting and Conference
Boston, MA.
**Thursday, December 14, 8:00 am. - 9:15 am. Natasha Jankowski, NILOA director, will deliver Higher Education Assessment Workshop: Robust Results.

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