Register for 2018 Assessment Institute
The Assessment Institute in Indianapolis is the nation’s oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education. Advanced on-line registration closes Friday, October 5.
National Assessment Expert Visits Campus for Ongoing Discussion about General Education
NILOA Coach Errin Heyman recently visited Wayne State University to help the institution’s General Education Oversight Committee in its assessment efforts. One faculty noted the importance of Errin’s visit as laying the groundwork for scaling assessment methods across the institution.
Webinar Recording now Available
The recording of the HIPs in Practice webinar from August 17, 2018, is now available. Dr. Natasha Jankowski, NILOA Director, is one of the featured speakers.
New Book on High-Impact ePortfolio Practice
A new book Catalyst in Action: Case Studies of High-Impact ePortfolio Practice from Stylus Publishing will come out this month. The book adds to the evidence that supports the impact of ePortfolio when done well.
Colorado Regional Assessment Council (CoRAC) Membership Survey
Consider participating in this survey. CoRAC was founded in 2010 to give individuals engaged in the assessment of student learning outcomes in Colorado a chance to get to know and share information with each other. The council is free and open to all who are interested in assessment.
Fulfilling the American Dream: Liberal Education and the Future of Work
This new report from AAC&U states that business executives and hiring managers believe a college education is both important and a wise investment for students. Additionally, higher weight is placed on skills and knowledge that cut across disciplines when hiring new graduates. The findings come from two parallel national surveys of approximately 1,000 combined participants.
Will Students Actually Believe They Can Do This Assignment?
Following the seven concepts outlined in How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, David Gooblar writes about the second principle: expectancies. Specifically, he discusses how to better motivate students to do the work by making learning outcomes achievable.
The Other Use of Standardized Tests
White standardized tests have mixed reviews in terms of utility and fairness, their potential as a tool to identify talent could be beneficial. Talented students do not only exist in well-funded schools, and sometimes colleges can fail to recruit top students from underperforming districts. Standardized tests could help to identify these latter students and make them college-bound.
The Contamination of Student Assessment
Factoring in extra credit and giving significant weight to items such as attendance and participation in outside events for students’ final grades could be blemishing student assessment. These added items may take away from accurately determining the actual knowledge students possess.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Director for Assessment and Planning Student Affairs. The application closes September 25. Please refer to the listing for further details.
Midwestern University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a Director of Outcomes Assessment. Please refer to the listing for further details.
Valencia College is seeking a Vice President of Academic Affairs to provide strategic leadership for the areas of curriculum, assessment, faculty development, distance learning, and career and workforce education. Please see the listing for further details.
Ithaka S+R is seeking a full-time Analyst in the Educational Transformation Program responsible for research, data collection and analysis, report drafting, and project management. Please see the listing for further details.