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NILOA October 2018 Newsletter

This month’s NILOA Newsletter begins with a report "NILOA at Ten: A Retrospective" co-authored by NILOA's George Kuh and Stan Ikenberry. As we celebrate NILOA's tenth anniversary, we take a moment to look back at the work NILOA has accomplished, and also toward the future and the work that remains to be done. Next, we feature a new installment in the Equity in Assessment conversation from Sophie Tullier, and a Viewpoint "Can Teaching Metacognitive Learning Strategies Counteract Student Stress, Anxiety, and Depression?" from Saundra McGuire. 

In addition, we invite you to join us at the 2018 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis October 21-23 where NILOA will once again have its own track of presentations. Finally, the newsletter concludes with a Featured Website from the University of Central Oklahoma, two examples of the Transparency Framework in the Field from North Carolina Central University and North Carolina State University, information for those seeking to request a NILOA Coach by today's deadline, and - as always - relevant News items and useful information on Upcoming Conferences and Programs. 

NILOA Report

NILOA at Ten:
A Retrospective

George D. Kuh & Stanley O. Ikenberry
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

In this 10th year of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), we pause to look upon our origins – where we came from and where we have been, as we look to the future of where we are going. In this report, George Kuh and Stan Ikenberry write about the work that has transpired and accomplishments in assessment in the past ten years, but also the work that remains to be done. Read more...

Equity in Assessment

Response to Occasional Paper No. 29 -
Equity and Assessment

Sophie Tullier
University of Maryland, College Park

The past few years have seen a number of assessment professionals begin to delve more deeply into the intersections of inclusion, equity, social justice and assessment. As a field we do need to spend more time thinking critically about our methods, whose voices are included and heard, and how our biases influence our selection of questions and analytical methods to reify or challenge power and oppression on our campuses and in the larger field. In this response, Sophie Tuller emphasizes the importance of identifying the question of interest and how the goals of the assessment might drive methodological choices, including the epistemological orientation. Read more...

NILOA Viewpoint

Can Teaching Metacognitive Learning Strategies
Student Stress, Anxiety, and Depression?

Saundra McGuire
Louisiana State University

According to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “‘I Didn’t Know How to Ask for Help’: Stories of Students with Anxiety,” more than 25% of students, including undergraduate and graduate students, suffer from anxiety (Lipka, 2018) However, fewer than 40% of those students had sought help in the previous year. Metacognition is, simply put, the ability to think about one’s own thinking; including the ability to plan, control, and monitor one’s learning activities. It is not difficult to teach students simple metacognitive strategies that can transform their academic performance (e.g., previewing course information prior to class and testing understanding by pretending to teach the information). This Viewpoint presents a discussion on how to help students increase their metacognitive skills. Read more…

2018 Assessment Institute

We invite you to join us for the 2018 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis to be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown October 21-23 where NILOA will once again have our own Track. The Assessment Institute in Indianapolis is the nation’s oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education. Attendees can expect to have ample opportunities to acquire fundamental assessment knowledge and build support networks. In addition, Dr. George D. Kuh, NILOA Founding Director and Senior Scholar, will be honored with the Trudy W. Banta Lifetime Achievement in Assessment Award. Please join us in recognizing Dr. Kuh's remarkable career and congratulating him for the award! Finally, for those that are attending this year's Institute, please consider stopping by the NILOA table (near Indianapolis Ballroom E) to participate in NILOA's website user-testing. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated. Read more...

Featured Website

The University of Central Oklahoma’s (UCO) Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching & Learning (CETTL) webpage is the NILOA Featured Website for October 2018. CETTL supports faculty in improving teaching and learning through resources and services that promote transformative learning experiences at UCO. One such resource is the Educator’s Leadership Academy (ELA) where various academies and workshops are held for K-20 administrators, higher education department chairs, principals, and other support staff. Website visitors can find resources on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) – an effort which highlights classroom research on promising pedagogical practices that improve teaching and learning. Under assessment resources, you can find information on authentic assessment, learning outcomes, rubrics and grading, curriculum development, and classroom assessment techniques. Read more...

NILOA Transparency Framework in the Field

NILOA’s Transparency Framework is intended to help institutions evaluate the extent to which they are making evidence of student accomplishment readily accessible and potentially useful and meaningful to various audiences. Institutions may use the Framework to evaluate their online communication strategies or apply the Framework as an information organizing tool on their website. We have highlighted institutions that use the Transparency Framework, and this month we have added two new examples: North Carolina Central University and North Carolina State University. If your institution is using the Framework, we encourage you to contact us at so we can share your example. Read more…

NILOA Coaches

Thank you to everyone who have submitted Coach Requests for the Spring of 2019. If you are still considering it, today is the last day to submit a request and receive priority in scheduling. Drawn from different types of institutions around the country, the Coaches are experienced faculty, administrators, and staff who know first-hand about the utility and value of assessing student learning, and can assist with local-level implementation opportunities and challenges. NILOA Coaches are available for a one-day campus visit at no cost to the host institution. Interested institutions seeking a Coach visit can still complete a Coach Request form after the deadline, but there are no guarantees Coaches will be available. Proposals for coach visits during the Spring of 2019 are due by today, October 15. Please refer to the call for additional details. Read more...


New Book Catalyst in Action: Case Studies of High-Impact ePortfolio Practice
Catalyst in Action, a follow-up to Eynon and Gambino's 2017 book High-Impact ePortfolio Practice, offers 20 case studies drawn from diverse campuses, and introduces the Catalyst Framework aimed at highlighting strategies needed to launch, build, and sustain a high-impact ePortfolio practice. 

An Engineering Professor Asked His Colleagues to Help Him Analyze His Teaching. Here’s What He Learned
With the help of cross-disciplinary peers acting as neutral assessors, a faculty member made pedagogical and assessment changes to a course resulting in a decrease in fail and withdrawal rates from 33% to 11% while student confidence increased.

Frank Rhodes Lecture Speaker Cathy Davidson Encourages A 'Provocative Way of Thinking' When It Comes to Learning
Cathy Davidson has transformed her courses from lectures into student-led workshops that give students a voice in their education. This article highlights ideas from Davidson’s new book The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux.

Cristy Sugarman of North Shore Community College Shares How Credit for Prior Learning Can Motivate Students of All Backgrounds
Cristy Sugarman, the Director for the Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing at North Shore Community College, offers her take on how Credit for Prior Learning has the potential to positively impact the lives of diverse learners.

The Future of Learning and Work: Making Sure that All Learning Counts
Jamie Merisotis discusses how initiatives like Lumina’s 2025 Goal, Connected Credentials, and online learning have the potential to meet the college education needs of both our future learners and economy. As he states, “we know two things for sure: for our people to be successful—for our countries to be successful—millions more people will require postsecondary learning.”

Who Is Responsible for Student Learning?
Are student motivation and ability to learn ignored in discussions about student learning in higher education? Erik Gilbert argues the conversation leans too heavily on faculty responsibilities and less so on student willingness to do the needed work.

As Students Return to College, a Basic Question Persists: What Are They Learning?
Plainly stated, institutions of higher learning are still not being transparent about their student learning outcomes, and consumers are increasingly demanding that information be publicly available in order to make informed decisions about colleges and universities.

5 Tips for Using Multiple-Choice Tests to Bolster Learning
Beckie Supiano summarizes five best practices offered by Andrew C. Butler regarding ways to make tests – or the act of taking tests itself – a valuable learning experience for students. 

Position Announcement:

The University of California San Diego
UC San Diego is seeking a Project Analyst for Student Affairs to work on a number of high-level special projects and initiatives that involve assessment and program evaluation, learning outcomes, educational research, writing reports, accessing and analyzing data needed for critical decision making.

The Journal of Research & Practice in Assessment
The Journal of Research & Practice in Assessment is seeking a new editor. The position will be selected in November 2018 and appropriate time for transition will be given to the new editor. To apply, please email a letter of interest and CV by October 26, 2018, to Katie Busby, Editor,

Upcoming Conferences and Programs

October 17. Webinar: Benchmarking and Longitudinal Studies: How to Measure Outcome Data Over Time.
1:00 - 2:00 pm CST. Public Library Association.

October 21-23. 2018 Assessment Institute.
Indianapolis, IN. Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.
**NILOA will once again have its own track at the Assessment Institute. 

November 1. Nominations Due: George D. Kuh Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literature and/or Research Award
NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

November 1-3. STEM Education 2026: Workshop on Assessment, Evaluation & Accreditation
Mankato, MN. Minnesota State University.
**Dr. Gianina Baker, NILOA Assistant Director, will deliver the opening keynote.

November 2. 2019 NEEaN Fall Forum.
Worcester, MA. College of the Holy Cross.

November 3-6. 2018 NEAIR Annual Conference.
Pittsburgh, PA. North East Association for Institutional Research. 

November 3-6. 2018 Conference - Virginia Assessment Group.
Charlottesville, VA. Virginia Assessment Group.

November 5. Online Workshop: Assessing Higher Education Program Effectiveness.
8:00 - 10:00 am CST. New England College.

November 6. Learning Outcomes Assessment Forum.
9:00 - 10:00 am EST. Pennsylvania State University.
**Dr. Gianina Baker, NILOA Assistant Director, will deliver the keynote "Digging Deeper: Exploring Strategies to Expand Current Assessment Practices," which will also be streamed live online.

November 13. Webinar: Assessing Learning in Your Library.
1:00 pm CST. Data-Driven Librarianship in Corrections: Webinar Series.
**Dr. Natasha Jankowski, NILOA Director, and Kate Malenfant, Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives at ACRL, will be the presenters.

November 14. Webinar: ACRL Assessment Professionals: Give Input on Project Outcome for Academic Libraries
1:00 pm CST. Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) & NILOA. 

November 15. Webinar: Equity and Assessment.
2:00 - 3:00 pm CST. ACUI: Advancing Campus Community.
**Dr. Gianina Baker, NILOA Assistant Director, will be the presenter. 

November 15-16. 2018 SEDA Annual Conference.
Birmingham, UK. Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA).

November 16. Proposals Due: 2019 Transformative Learning Conference.
Oklahoma City, OK. University of Central Oklahoma.

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