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NILOA January 2019 Newsletter

Happy New Year from the NILOA team! This year will be filled with changes at NILOA, and this newsletter provides a sneak peak of things to come. First, we would like to begin the Newsletter by congratulating Dr. Verna F. Orr, co-chair of CEEQA, for her transition to a full-time Post-Doctoral Researcher at NILOA. Dr. Orr has been with NILOA since 2015, and we look forward to her continued quality contributions in her new role. Please join us in sharing a well-deserved “congratulations” to Verna!

We include a first look into our new NILOA logo and new website to be released this year, an invitation to submit applications for both the Equity in Assessment Case Studies and the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designation, and an announcement introducing the new Competency-Based Recognition of Learning (CBRL) Collaborative. We also have the first Featured Website of the year and information on relevant News and Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

New NILOA Logo

We are happy to announce our new NILOA logo! The new, compact logo was inspired by the NILOA Transparency Framework. By keeping our full name in the logo, we hope to remove guesswork associated with determining the meaning behind our acronym. The logo is the first step of many in our re-design process including a much-needed update to our website. Please follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest news on our re-design!

Equity in Assessment

[Extended Deadline]
Call for Case Study Participants:
Equity in Assessment

Per requests from the field, we are pleased to announce an extension in the deadline for sharing work on equity in assessment. If your institution is engaged in equitable assessment efforts and you are interested in sharing your processes and practices through a case study or other outlet, review the Call for Case Study Participants and please complete the application by January 31, 2019.

Excellence in Assessment (EIA)

The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program is now accepting applications for the 2019 designee class! Building on the foundation of reporting both student learning outcomes assessment results and processes established in the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), EIA recognizes institutions for their efforts in intentional integration of institution-level learning outcomes assessment. Over the past three years, 20 institutions have been recognized for their Excellence in Assessment. If your institution is involved in exemplary assessment practice, then please review the application packet and the accompanying rubric that evaluators will use to assess the merit of each application, and submit all materials by May 6, 2019. Read more...

New Collaborative

Lumina Foundation and NILOA are pleased to announce the creation of the new Competency-Based Recognition of Learning (CBRL) Collaborative.  The CBRL Collaborative aims to develop and promote cohesive, action-oriented resources and strategies to expand competency-based learning, enhance recognition of learning, and better support adult and diverse learners. Please stay tuned for future updates as the work of the CBRL Collaborative unfolds.

Featured Website

San Diego Mesa College’s Outcomes and Assessment webpage is NILOA’s first Featured Website of 2019! As it is described in the website, “Outcomes Assessment is the process of collecting information that will tell the College whether the services, activities, or experiences it offers are having the desired impact on those who partake in them.” As such, the webpage offers information on the Committee on Outcomes and Assessment (COA), various training workshops and training materials for departmental outcomes coordinators, and assessment resources on a variety of topics ranging from overviews of the assessment process to sample worksheets and templates. The Outcomes and Assessment webpage also offers an interactive and informative guide on outcomes and assessment. In this guide, users can find definitions related to assessment, participants’ roles in assessment, and information on learning outcomes and assessment for the course and program levels, for the student services division, and for administrative units. Read more...


Consider applying to the 2019 TLNI Summer Institute
Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education at the Evergreen State College is accepting applications for the 2019 Using Evidence for Improvement: Teaching and Learning National Institute. It is a 4-day residential team-driven summer institute designed to develop strategic action plans for two- and four-year colleges. Each attending team will have access to higher education professionals who will support them in developing a strategic focus and creating a 2-year action plan for implementation at their home campus. 

What Student Leaders Think About the Future of Education
The student voice is often left out of campus innovation efforts. Since 2016, EdSurge Independent has served as a platform for college students to share their thoughts on technology in higher education. A new report highlights the most popular topics that students have discussed including equity and access to education, curriculum and teaching, and testing.

Reflections on Credentialing: Past, Present and Future        
In order to significantly increase the number of Americans who possess a high-quality degree, certificate, or credential, many facets of the landscape need to improve. Of special importance are equity and the role of assessment in credentialing.

How One College Made Its Gen-Ed Program Feel More Relevant
Shenandoah University revamped its Gen-Ed curriculum so that “disciplines as diverse as dance, political science, and statistics could analyze social issues like poverty, immigration, and human trafficking.” Following a town-hall format, the topics discussed are chosen by the students via surveys and feedback collected during the Fall semester. These are then incorporated into the courses taught from the faculty’s disciplinary perspective during the Spring.

Grading Smarter, Not Harder
By focusing on transparency, historians have begun to build their courses around explicit learning outcomes and formative assessment. The aim is to use assessment to create “true learning opportunities” for students. This follows the lessons from the American Historical Association (AHA) and Tuning efforts to define what history students should know and be able to do upon graduation.

Becoming a Critical Educator: Critical Pedagogy in Community Colleges
Lina Jawad, University of Michigan-Dearborn, discusses how Critical Pedagogy in the community college sector can help to empower diverse learners and better engage them. The topics discussed are derived from essays in The Critical Pedagogy Reader edited by Darder, Baltodano, and Torres.

Function Follows Form: How Two Colleges Redesigned the Classroom for Active Learning
Indiana University and the University of Central Florida redesigned their classrooms to promote active learning by using the expertise of facilities and IT staff. Their rationale being that once the learning environment evolves to be more flexible and adaptive, so will pedagogy.

In This Writing Assignment, Students Tell Their Professor How to Improve Their Education
Chuck Tryon at Fayetteville State University uses principles of reflective writing to help foster skills that will benefit students both in college and in their careers. As part of the assignment, students submit realistic proposals to improve the course and/or institution in areas that matter to them and support them with research.

Job Announcement:

UC San Diego
UC San Diego is looking for a Director of Assessment, Evaluation, and Organizational Development (AEOD) to help establish an on-going, systematic program of assessment and evaluation essential to supporting the long-term strategic planning of Student Affairs.

Upcoming Conferences and Programs

January 21. Free Online Course: Applying & Leading Assessment in Student Affairs.
9-week MOOC. Colorado State University and Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL).
**Joe Levy, NILOA Coach from National Louis University, will be a course instructor.

January 23. ACE Webinar: Re-engaging Workers and Learners in Postsecondary Credentialing Pathways
1:00-2:00 pm. American Council on Education.

January 23-26. AAC&U's 2019 Annual Meeting.
Atlanta, GA. Association of American Colleges and Universities. 
**Wednesday, January 23, 8:45-10:15 am: Trudy Banta, Johnnella Butler, George Kuh, Terrel Rhodes, Carol Geary Schneider, Jamienne Studley, and Dan Berrett with discuss "In the Beginning: A LEAP of Faith."
**Wednesday, January 23, 12:30-1:45 pm: Gianina Baker, Kate McConnell, C. Edward Watson, and Daniel Sullivan will present "The Landscape of Learning: What we Know, What it Means."
**Thursday, January 24, 10:30 to 11:45 am: Paul Gaston, Amber Garrison Duncan, Natasha Jankowski, and Melanie Booth will present "Stations to Student Success: Navigating New Routes in Higher Education."
**Thursday, January 24, 10:30 to 11:45 am: Kristen Hodge-Clark, John Ottenhoff, Mary Hinton, Kevin Reilly, and Peter Ewell will discuss "High Stakes: Engaging Trustees as Guardians of Educational Value."
**Thursday, January 24, 2:45 to 4:00 pm: George Kuh, Pat Hutchings, Chantal Levesque-Bristol, Pamala Morris, and Benjamin C. Wiles will present "Taking Student-Centered Pedagogy to Scale: How One University Has Done It (and You Can, Too!)."
**Thursday, January 24, 2:45 to 4:00 pm:
Claire Jacobson, Natasha Jankowski, and Ashley Finley, will present "Creating a Virtuous Cycle of Quality, Assessment and Equity in High-Impact Practices."
**Thursday, January 24, 4:00 to 5:15 pm: Rebecca Karoff, Natasha Jankowski, and Penny MacCormack will present “Faculty Centrality in Fulfilling the Promise of LEAP ELOs, HIPs, and VALUE.”
**Thursday, January 24, 4:15 to 5:15 pm: Pat Hutchings, Jillian Kinzie, Mary Deane Sorcinelli, and Kathleen Landy will present "Better Together: How Faculty Development and Assessment Leaders Can Collaborate to Achieve Shared Goals for Student Learning."
**Friday, January 25, 8:45 to 10:00 am: Natasha Jankowski, Jillian Kinzie, George Kuh, and Gianina Baker will present "Communicating the Value of Higher Education through Evidence-Based Storytelling."
**Friday, January 25, 10:30 to 11:45 am:
Natasha Jankowski and Jason Tyszko will present "Reimagining Employer Relations as an Ally of Higher Education."
**Friday, January 25, 1:30 to 2:30 pm: Mary-Ann Winkelmes and Pat Hutchings will present "How We Can Do a Better Job of Communicating Higher Education’s Critical Importance to Students and Society Today."
**Saturday, January 26, 7:30 to 9:00 am: Gianina Baker, Denise Nadasen, and Ashley Finley will hold a roundtable discussion on "Using the Excellence in Assessment Designation to Communicate the Value of Higher Education Reflecting on Good Assessment Practice."

January 24. Proposals Due: 2019 AHE Conference.
Manchester, UK. Assessment in Higher Education. 

January 25. 2019 SLO Symposium.
Santa Ana, CA. Santa Ana College.
**Friday, January 25, 8:15-9:30 am: David Marshall, NILOA Senior Scholar, will present the keynote.

January 25. Proposals Due: 2019 Assessment, Teaching and Learning (ATL) Conference.
Spokane, WA. Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

January 31. Applications Due: Case Studies in Equity in Assessment.
NILOA and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) 

February 1. Proposals Due: 2019 Assessment Matters Regional Community College Assessment Conference.
Overland Park, KS. Johnson County Community College.

February 8. NILOA workshop at San Jose State University.
San Jose, CA. San Jose State University.
**The workshop will be led by Dr. Natasha A. Jankowski, NILOA Director.

February 14-16. AAC&U’s 2019 Network for Academic Renewal conference on General Education and Assessment.
San Francisco, CA. Association of American Colleges & Universities.
**Friday, February 15, 4:30-5:30 pm: Natasha Jankowski, Jillian Kinzie, and Gianina Baker will present "Digging Deeper in Assignment Design to Advance General Education Assessment."

February 15. 2019 Illinois Annual Assessment Fair.
Kankakee, IL. Kankakee Community College.

February 17-19. 2019 Community College Conference on Learning Assessment.
Orlando, FL. Valencia College.

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