• 8/28/2014Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed writer Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed by Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed published by Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed

    Mark Carnes discusses role-immersion games, an alternative to lecture-style teaching, and its effects on student engagement.  This method intends to aid learning through a mixture of course materials/readings, friendly competition, and play. More information on this concept and style of teaching may also be found in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s article ‘How Students Learn from Games.'

  • 8/28/2014Rebecca L. Webber in the American Association of Community Colleges writer Rebecca L. Webber in the American Association of Community Colleges by Rebecca L. Webber in the American Association of Community Colleges published by Rebecca L. Webber in the American Association of Community Colleges
    In order to reduce the need for remedial coursework, several community colleges are undertaking the task of empowering high school students earlier with the necessary tools. Endeavors such as accelerated learning programs and enrolling high school seniors in remedial coursework before they enter college are just some of the efforts being made to encourage academic success.
  • New Issue of Assessment Update is Available Now
    8/25/2014
    The latest issue of Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for July 2014 is now available. Articles in this issue include Anja Mueller, Mike Carson, and James Therrell’s “How a Research Faculty Becomes Interested in Assessment,” Thomas Zane’s “A Pedagogical Approach to Assessment,” and Arend Flick’s “Can Assessment Loops Be Closed?”
  • 8/20/2014Charlie Tyson in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Charlie Tyson in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Charlie Tyson in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Charlie Tyson in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A new book titled Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Education offers recommendations for colleges to help at-risk students navigate through higher education’s hidden curriculum. The author suggests that mentoring programs need well-defined objectives that can be measured in order to be successful.
  • 8/19/2014
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 8/18/2014Avi Wolfman-Arent in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Avi Wolfman-Arent in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Avi Wolfman-Arent in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Avi Wolfman-Arent in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A professor at Baylor University created an introductory sociology course page on Facebook and found that students who participated in the group online were more engaged in the class and received better grades than students who did not participate.
  • 8/14/2014

    ACE and Pearson are co-sponsoring a webinar on August 20, hosted by Inside Higher Ed. The webinar will examine how credit for prior learning can be a strategy for accelerating degree completion. To register for the webinar, click here.

  • 8/12/2014
    Please consider participating in the Assessment Professional 2014 Survey. This research endeavor intends to establish a broad demographic profile of the assessment professional in higher education. The survey is being administered nationwide by Bridgewater State University and Framingham State University and takes approximately 8-10 minutes to complete.
  • 8/11/2014
    The New America Education Foundation released a policy brief titled The Case against Exit Exams. The report explains that high school exit exams have forced states to choose between enforcing higher academic standards and making higher education an option for as many students as possible, and new policies are needed to pursue college and career attainment for more students.
  • 8/6/2014Joshua Bolkan writer Joshua Bolkan by Joshua Bolkan published by Joshua Bolkan

    Flexible classrooms that are designed for active learning may improve student engagement.  Students in flexible learning environments report being more engaged and focused on classroom activities than in a traditional classroom.

  • 8/5/2014

    The latest issue of the Toolbox (Volume 12, Number 6) is now available. Articles in this issue focus on creating screencasts, which are videos that instructors can produce to deliver course content to students outside of the classroom.

  • 8/5/2014

    The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate with a focus on assessment and evaluation. The successful candidate will work closely with CRLT's Director of Assessment and the Assistant Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education to evaluate and report on the Provost's Third Century Student Learning Initiative, which supports active and engaged learning.  Please read more here.

  • 8/1/2014
    Paul Gaston, co-author of the DQP, provides a summary of major points from his recent book Higher Education Accreditation: How It’s Changing, Why It Must in the latest issue of AAC&U’s Liberal Education.
  • 7/31/2014
    The latest issue of AAC&U’s Liberal Education features an excerpt from the DQP 2.0. The second edition of the DQP includes new proficiencies regarding ethical reasoning and global learning, strengthened statements on quantitative reasoning and more attention to research.
  • Colleges Must Help Further the Goals of Common Core Standards, Report Says
    7/30/2014

    Articles in The Chronicle and The Hechinger Report discuss the latest policy brief from the New America Foundation on the Common Core State Standards. The New America report states that higher education institutions have not aligned college instruction or teacher preparation programs with the Common Core and should adjust admissions, financial-aid, and remedial-education policies to connect with the standards.

  • Dominican University of California Seeks a Director of Assessment
    7/29/2014

    The Director of Assessment is responsible for leading and developing a comprehensive institutional assessment plan to support the University’s mission and strategic initiatives.  The Director will design, implement, and monitor assessment processes for assessing student learning outcomes for degree programs and general education.  Please read more here.

  • 7/28/2014Dian Schaffhauser in Campus Technology writer Dian Schaffhauser in Campus Technology by Dian Schaffhauser in Campus Technology published by Dian Schaffhauser in Campus Technology
    Michigan State University conducted a study that found when students multi-task in class on non-academic activities, test scores go down. The authors hope to understand how two different regions of the brain work together to process both important and irrelevant information and how to keep students more focused and less distracted.
  • 7/25/2014Justin Peligri in USA Today writer Justin Peligri in USA Today by Justin Peligri in USA Today published by Justin Peligri in USA Today
    Hampshire College in Massachusetts recently decided to enforce a test-blind policy, which means that it will reject any test scores received. The dean of admissions at Hampshire states that test scores were a poor predictor of success and rejecting test scores will allow the admissions office to focus on more meaningful areas of college applications.
  • 7/24/2014
    A study from the School of Dentistry at the University of Louisville found that classroom seating in a collaborative learning environment could have important effects on academic achievement. The authors suggest that a formalized, in-class peer mentoring system may help to ensure the success of all students in an active learning classroom.
  • 7/23/2014
    Ten liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania received funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a consortium to deal with the challenges that many liberal arts colleges now face. The consortium members will collaborate on enhancing the quality of academic programs while controlling associated costs.
  • 7/22/2014
    A study from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario found that giving students options for how they will be evaluated in courses can improve academic achievement. Findings from the study suggested that students welcomed an opportunity to be assessed in a way that allowed them to demonstrate what they have learned, instead of choosing the correct answers on an exam.
  • 7/21/2014Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed

    A new report from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) found there is little consistency in how states track students’ college preparedness and progress through remedial coursework. The ECS developed a framework for remedial reporting that focuses on academic progress and student outcomes.

  • 7/18/2014
    The latest issue of Research and Practice in Assessment (Volume 9, Summer) is now available. Articles in this issue include Jessica L. Jonson, Tim Guetterman, and Robert Thompson, Jr.'s "An Integrated Model of Influence: Use of Assessment Data in Higher Education," Sarah MacDonald, Laura Williams, Rory Lazowski, S. Jeanne Horst and Kenneth Barron's "Faculty Attitudes toward General Education Assessment: A Qualitative Study about Their Motivation," and Jennifer Danley-Scott and Gray Scott's "The Other Half: Non-Tenure Track Faculty Thoughts on Student Learning Outcomes Assessment."
  • 7/17/2014
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 7/16/2014
    A study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario examines if e-portfolios, which require students to track and showcase skills developed in courses, could help improve students’ ability to articulate skills learned to potential employers.
  • 7/15/2014Eric Hoover in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Eric Hoover in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Eric Hoover in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Eric Hoover in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The Educational Testing Service (ETS) designed an online assessment, SuccessNavigator, to measure non-cognitive attributes that can predict success in college. Academic advisers receive a copy of the report and can give students feedback about their results and develop plans for succeeding in college.
  • 7/14/2014

    Nearly 70 institutions in nine states are participating in the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC).  AAC&U announced the MSC will be part of the ongoing VALUE initiative to document how well students are achieving key learning outcomes by assessing student work using a set of common rubrics.

  • 7/10/2014

    NILOA is accepting applications for a Visiting Project Manager Position to assist with the tracking and mapping of institutional use of frameworks for enhancing student learning. To learn more about the position, visit the job description

  • 7/8/2014Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Clark University is redefining liberal education by combining it with practical and applied education through enhancing the capability of students to put knowledge to work. Placing students in real-problem solving situations allows them to build and demonstrate the skills needed in the workplace while still in college.
  • 7/7/2014Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Four ideas on reimagining the undergraduate college experience emerged from a yearlong exercise at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. The ideas have brought together faculty and administrators from across campus to generate discussions.
  • 6/30/2014
    The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is seeking feedback on a revised draft of the association’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The ACRL Board of Directors appointed a task force to significantly revise the framework in order to address the changing information climate and information needs of students. The draft is available for review with feedback due July 15.
  • 6/27/2014
    The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario documented results of a Tuning initiative to identify common learning outcomes for certain degrees. The report, Tuning: Identifying and Measuring Sector-Based Learning Outcomes in Postsecondary Education, provides measurable learning outcomes that can help institutions develop outcomes-based programs.
  • 6/26/2014
    The Aspen Institute released a report on optimizing learning and innovation, which includes five principles for improving learning environments and creating rewarding learning experiences. The report also suggests that new assessments and tools should be developed to convey evidence of student achievement through learning networks.
  • 6/25/2014Daniel Willingham in Real Clear Education writer Daniel Willingham in Real Clear Education by Daniel Willingham in Real Clear Education published by Daniel Willingham in Real Clear Education
    Allowing students to write about their emotions before a math exam can potentially improve math education and learning in the classroom. Teachers have the necessary training to talk to students who encounter difficulties and may work to reduce math anxiety by ensuring students have basic numeric skills.
  • 6/24/2014James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This author shares ten books on teaching and learning for faculty members that can help to shape or reshape teaching in a substantive and practical way.
  • 6/23/2014Karen Birchard in University Affairs writer Karen Birchard in University Affairs by Karen Birchard in University Affairs published by Karen Birchard in University Affairs
    More students are gaining experience abroad through internships, research opportunities, practicums, and volunteering instead of the traditional study abroad programs. In response to the non-traditional experiences, some universities are awarding academic certificates to students for their international achievements.
  • 6/20/2014
    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released new guidelines outlining skills and knowledge that all medical students should have by the time they begin their residencies. The AAMC developed the guidelines with a group of graduate medical experts in response to feedback about the preparedness of entering residents.
  • 6/19/2014
    Responding to the calls for better information about how well colleges and universities are serving today’s students, AAC&U’s Board of Directors released a statement urging institutions to take the lead in framing these debates around appropriate metrics that focus on what students learn in college, as well as completion rates.
  • New Issue of Assessment Update is Available Now
    6/18/2014
    The latest issue of Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for May/June 2014 is now available. Articles in this issue include Dianna Renz’s “Community College Strategies,” Douglas J. Eder’s “Healthy Assessment: What Nursing Schools Can Teach Us about Effective Assessment of Student Learning,” and Jillian Kinzie, Natasha Jankowski, and Staci Provezis’s “Do Good Assessment Practices Measure Up to the Principles of Assessment?”
  • 6/17/2014
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 6/16/2014
    The New America Education Policy Program released a policy brief titled Building a New AAU: The Case for Redefining Higher Education Excellence. The brief explains that a new AAU would provide structure for aspiring universities seeking AAU membership while rewarding institutions that are committed to keeping college accessible, affordable, and focused on student success.
  • 6/13/2014

    Inside Higher Ed released a booklet, available for download, of articles and essays about efforts to reshape what and how colleges teach. They will also host a webinar on June 26 to discuss the issues raised within the booklet.

  • 6/12/2014Andrea Watson and Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed writer Andrea Watson and Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed by Andrea Watson and Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed published by Andrea Watson and Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed
    Heritage University created a video series in order to help faculty and instructors better serve first-generation students. The videos include practices that can be implemented to keep first-generation students from feeling overwhelmed or discouraged.
  • 6/11/2014Jonathan Golding in Inside Higher Ed writer Jonathan Golding in Inside Higher Ed by Jonathan Golding in Inside Higher Ed published by Jonathan Golding in Inside Higher Ed
    This author shares his idea for getting students to participate in large lecture classes by making it a required activity. The required participation allowed students to create a sense of community in such a large class, gain confidence by speaking in public, and learn from each other.
  • 6/10/2014
    The Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE) announced plans to spin off a learning-analytics project as a separate non-profit group. The project shares data about student learning at on-ground and competency-based institutions.
  • 6/9/2014Seth Zweifler in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Seth Zweifler in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Seth Zweifler in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Seth Zweifler in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Guttman Community College created a first-year program aimed at improving student engagement and retention rates through an intensive, highly structured experience. Students in the program are kept on track by working closely with staff members who serve as advocates and professors who keep students engaged in course material.
  • 6/6/2014
    The latest issue of the Toolbox (Volume 12, Number 5) is now available. Articles in this issue focus on connecting course content from the classroom to the current culture that is shaping students’ lives.
  • 6/5/2014
    The University of Central Oklahoma was recognized during the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) annual conference in April for having the best paper in the category of Assessing and Improving Student Learning. Central’s submission, “Using a Transformative Learning Transcript to Assess High-Impact Practices,” was the work of six members of the university’s leadership.
  • 6/4/2014
    The second edition of Researching Teaching and Student Outcomes in Postsecondary Education: An Introduction is now available. The guide offers an introduction on using research and other data collection to evaluate teaching methods.
  • New Issue of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning
    6/3/2014
    The latest issue of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning (Volume 46, Issue 3) is now available. Articles in this issue include David D. Dill’s “Ensuring Academic Standards in US Higher Education,” Debra Humphreys’ “Employment Outcomes in the Four-Year Sector: The Value of Liberal Arts Degrees,” and Linda Krzykowski and Kevin Kinser’s “Transparency in Student Learning Assessment: Can Accreditation Standards Make a Difference?”
  • 5/30/2014Matt Terry in McMaster University Daily News writer Matt Terry in McMaster University Daily News by Matt Terry in McMaster University Daily News published by Matt Terry in McMaster University Daily News
    Alternative forms of student evaluation allow instructors to see if students truly understand the subject matter instead of an essay that might not catch learning issues until the end of the semester. Presentations, posters sessions, and other engaged activities let students develop oral skills and demonstrate knowledge gained.
  • A Boost for Active Learning
    5/29/2014

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed discuss research that found students engaged in active learning in STEM courses instead of lecture-only courses had higher pass rates.  The study suggests that active learning methods such as group-problem solving and workshops are more effective than traditional lecturing.

  • 5/28/2014
    The Department of Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University released a report on the current approaches to federal funding for students in competency-based education programs. The report also includes possible changes that can be made to current approaches in how aid is disbursed.
  • 5/27/2014Jon Marcus in The Hechinger Report writer Jon Marcus in The Hechinger Report by Jon Marcus in The Hechinger Report published by Jon Marcus in The Hechinger Report
    The University of South Florida will launch a pilot nursing program for veterans that will give academic credit for military training. The Student Veterans of America (SVA) hope that more universities will also begin offering academic credit for veterans’ experience so they can complete degrees faster and save money.
  • 5/23/2014
    The assistant director is responsible for supporting the improvement of the student experience and student learning through the development of learning assessment activities. The assistant director collects and analyzes learning assessment data and participates in the development of related plans and interventions as well as participating in the implementation of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and meeting related accreditation reporting requirements.
  • 5/22/2014
    Economics students in 19 countries released a joint statement to change the way economics is taught. Students believe that the curriculum has become too far removed from real world issues and limits their ability to contend with challenges from society.
  • 5/21/2014
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 5/20/2014
    The latest issue of AAC&U’s Diversity & Democracy (Volume 17, Number 2) is now available. Articles in this issue focus on global learning and how to prepare students for cultural competencies and global citizenship.
  • 5/16/2014Benjamin Wood in Deseret News writer Benjamin Wood in Deseret News by Benjamin Wood in Deseret News published by Benjamin Wood in Deseret News
    Higher education institutions in Utah have been involved in the tuning process to help students understand what they have learned during their academic career and to communicate to employers the skills they have gained. Tuning has also allowed institutions to collaborate on determining common competencies that should be mastered for particular disciplines.
  • 5/15/2014Danya Perez-Hernandez in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Danya Perez-Hernandez in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Danya Perez-Hernandez in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Danya Perez-Hernandez in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University conducted a study to measure evidence of students’ learning in MOOCs. They concluded that many students do not engage or interact with others in the class and do not retain or use new knowledge.
  • 5/14/2014
    A study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario suggests that tools for measuring critical thinking should be integrated into the curriculum. The authors recommend aligning critical thinking teaching framework with assessment tools to measure critical thinking at the course level.
  • 5/13/2014
    The latest issue of Peer Review (Volume 16, Number 1) is now available. Articles in this issue focus on how e-portfolios can be used for comprehensive assessment and also to enhance student learning.
  • 5/8/2014Rosanna Tamburri in University Affairs writer Rosanna Tamburri in University Affairs by Rosanna Tamburri in University Affairs published by Rosanna Tamburri in University Affairs
    The University of Guelph and four other institutions have partnered with Desire2Learn, a provider of learning management systems, to track and assess student learning outcomes across programs. The initiative will enable institutions to measure learning outcomes on a continual basis and allow students to see the skills they have acquired over the course of their academic careers.
  • 5/7/2014
    The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) selected fourteen institutions to participate in a “jumpstart” program for developing degree programs based on competencies instead of credit hours.
  • 5/6/2014Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This author offers five lessons from the health-care ratings initiative during the 1980s that the Education Department can learn when drafting the college ratings system for measuring the value of a college degree.
  • 5/5/2014Danny Ledonne in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Danny Ledonne in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Danny Ledonne in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Danny Ledonne in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This author offers three reasons why including multimedia assignments in the classroom can deepen students’ engagement, utilize a variety of skills, and encourage students to continue learning outside of the classroom.
  • 5/2/2014Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Lipscomb University developed a competency-based framework for 22 majors in the College of Professional Studies that combines competency-based credits and conventional courses. Entering students begin the program by participating in a day-long process of assessments to earn credits for prior learning and performance.
  • 5/1/2014
    The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario conducted a study to determine the effectiveness of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and Community College Learning Assessment (CCLA) in providing useful information for institutions, students, and employers.
  • 4/30/2014
    The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) released a document summarizing outcomes and lessons learned on the cross-state Tuning initiative with Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. The document also includes recommendations for the use of Tuning to improve teaching, learning, and student success.
  • 4/29/2014
    AAC&U is offering resources for first year-students on the benefits of a liberal education and what can be expected of them as they begin their undergraduate career.
  • 4/28/2014Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Several community colleges have begun to partner with local school districts to offer remedial courses to high school students. College and school officials hope this will better prepare students for college-level work.
  • 4/25/2014Carl Straumsheim in Inside Higher Ed writer Carl Straumsheim in Inside Higher Ed by Carl Straumsheim in Inside Higher Ed published by Carl Straumsheim in Inside Higher Ed
    Public institutions in Florida are waiting for clarification on a bill introduced last year that will allow credit to be given for outside courses, including MOOCs. In preparation, Florida International University developed a prior learning assessment which will determine if students have achieved adequate levels of learning via an outside course.
  • 4/24/2014

    Inside Higher Ed released a booklet, available for download, of articles and essays about the flipped classroom. They will also host a webinar on May 8 to discuss the issues raised within the booklet.

  • 4/23/2014Vimal Patel in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Vimal Patel in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Vimal Patel in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Vimal Patel in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Educators met and discussed support structures, culture, and rewards for effective teaching. Participants outlined institutions that are developing programs focusing on improving graduate student teaching to better prepare them for teaching careers.
  • New Issue of Assessment Update is Available Now
    4/22/2014
    The latest issue of Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for March/April 2014 is now available. Articles in this issue include Stephanie Foote and Andy Dyer’s "Assessing Deep Learning: Using a Porfolio to Evaluate Gains in Critical Inquiry among First-Year Students,” Amy Thelk’s "Building a Better Course-Evaluation Process,” and Kevin Schoepp and Angela Skuba’s "Effective Leadership Assessment: A 360-Degree Process.”
  • 4/21/2014Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed writer Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed by Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed published by Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed
    Cleveland State University introduced an initiative that will get more students to degree completion. Students are allowed to register for a year of courses before the fall semester begins in hopes of letting students plan for the whole year, set expectations, and see the end goal.
  • 4/18/2014
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 4/17/2014
    The latest issue of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning (Volume 46, Issue 2) is now available. Articles in this issue focus on active learning and developing transferrable intellectual skills.
  • Regional Accreditors Agree on Common Terms
    4/16/2014

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed discuss the announcement of the seven regional accreditors’ agreement of a common set of terms for describing actions to take toward member institutions. The common framework will better align accreditors’ procedures and decision making.

  • 4/15/2014Katherine Anderson in University Affairs writer Katherine Anderson in University Affairs by Katherine Anderson in University Affairs published by Katherine Anderson in University Affairs
    This author offers some suggestions for helping ESL students transition into the classroom. Building a classroom community and encouraging interaction with classmates can allow non-native speakers to be more comfortable with participating in class discussions.
  • 4/14/2014
    Three colleges in northern Georgia are working together to offer free career assessments and counseling to adults in the area. Officials believe these services will help residents who have not completed a college degree to explore possible majors and career paths.
  • Low Expectations, High Stakes
    4/11/2014

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed feature a report released by the Center for Community College Student Engagement, which suggests that part-time faculty face a less supportive environment than their full-time peers. Improving working conditions can enhance student learning and help increase retention rates.    

  • 4/10/2014Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    New research on teaching students to transfer knowledge is aiming to increase how well students draw on prior knowledge to interpret ideas and engage in metacognition. Some professors of first year composition courses are using a more explicit approach to teaching writing, which has produced gains in writing-skills transfer in their students.
  • 4/8/2014Ellie Ashford in Community College Daily writer Ellie Ashford in Community College Daily by Ellie Ashford in Community College Daily published by Ellie Ashford in Community College Daily
    A growing number of community colleges are joining the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) in an effort to measure performance and compare themselves to similar-sized institutions. The VFA was developed by the American Association of Community Colleges so it offers a more effective baseline for community colleges to report data and spot areas of needed improvement.
  • 4/7/2014
    The latest issue of the Toolbox (Volume 12, Number 4) is now available. Articles in this issue focus on a new, creative way to challenge students in their critical thinking and writing.
  • 4/4/2014
    Applications for the 2014 Association for General and Liberal Studies Award for Exemplary Program Processes are now being accepted. The application asks institutions to describe their collaborative efforts to develop institutional support and goals for quality programs, implement processes to achieve the goals, gather results to assess the impact of processes, and use the results to enhance the programs.
  • 4/3/2014Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The results of an effort to gauge incoming college students’ writing skills found that many believe they are prepared for college-level writing. Students estimated spending 25 hours each week on academic formal and informal personal writing, and many professors hope students can make connections between their informal and formal writing.
  • 4/2/2014David Gooblar in Vitae writer David Gooblar in Vitae by David Gooblar in Vitae published by David Gooblar in Vitae
    This author believes that giving feedback to students early enough in the semester allows them to monitor their progress more efficiently and work harder to meet an instructor’s expectations.
  • 4/1/2014
    Judith Eaton, president of CHEA, is interviewed on the topic of accreditation and the issues it faces for the latest installment of New Directions for Higher Education in the New England Journal of Higher Education.
  • 3/31/2014Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A study published by the Educational Psychology Review found that making small changes in homework practices by incorporating principles of cognitive science improved student learning.
  • 3/27/2014
    CHEA announced the 2014 winners of the Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes.
  • 3/24/2014James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    This author explores the science of teaching and learning, specifically brain-based research and how learning happens.  He also spotlights a book, Applying Science of Learning in Education: Infusing Psychological Science Into the Curriculum, that offers cognitive-based interventions for increasing learning in classrooms.    

  • What Matters to Academic-Library Directors? Information Literacy
    3/21/2014

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed highlight the results from a survey of library directors.  The majority of respondents stated their most important function is teaching research skills to undergraduate students, and some institutions are even engaged in a form of library assessment to measure the efficiency of library services.

  • 3/19/2014Melissa Korn in The Wall Street Journal writer Melissa Korn in The Wall Street Journal by Melissa Korn in The Wall Street Journal published by Melissa Korn in The Wall Street Journal
    Several institutions are now feeling the push to show employment statistics for graduates, but many oppose those efforts to use employment data to quantify education success.
  • 3/18/2014
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 3/17/2014
    The latest issue of AAC&U News (March 2014) examines connecting student academic success with work-study jobs on campus. The University of Iowa launched an initiative to engage student employees in conversations with their supervisors about work and how it relates to academic skills and future career goals.
  • 3/14/2014Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The Competency-Based Education Network selected 18 institutions to participate in a group that will address challenges and obstacles to designing and developing competency-based education programs.
  • 3/13/2014Collen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed writer Collen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed by Collen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed published by Collen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed
    Evergreen State College’s academic statement assessment requires students to reflect and write on their educational choices and what they’ve learned throughout their academic careers. Officials at Evergreen stated the academic statement initiative was faculty-driven and asks students to articulate the value of their education.
  • 3/12/2014Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Eugene Lang College surveyed its alumni to see how their education prepared them for life after college. The majority of those who responded stated that Lang did prepare them for life after college, and the survey allowed them to communicate the value of a college education.
  • 3/11/2014
    A study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario suggests that certain learning technologies can be developed to exercise and assess desired learning outcomes. The authors studied students’ participation in a peer-reviewed assignment and found that an assignment can be constructed to exercise a learning objective such as critical thinking.
  • 3/7/2014Amy E. Slaton in Inside Higher Ed writer Amy E. Slaton in Inside Higher Ed by Amy E. Slaton in Inside Higher Ed published by Amy E. Slaton in Inside Higher Ed
    This author questions whether competency-based education can lead to open-ended inquiry and critical thinking and if it will truly allow students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of subject material.
  • 3/6/2014Douglas Belkin in The Wall Street Journal writer Douglas Belkin in The Wall Street Journal by Douglas Belkin in The Wall Street Journal published by Douglas Belkin in The Wall Street Journal
    Kalamazoo College began publishing test results in an effort to be more transparent and demonstrate what its students learned in four years. Officials at the college stated that publicizing the results gives prospective students and families valuable information on the school’s performance.
  • Richard J. Daley College Seeks an Assessment Center Coordinator
    3/5/2014

    The City Colleges of Chicago invites applications for the position of Coordinator at Richard J. Daley College’s Assessment Center. This position plans and administers assessment instruments to students and coordinates the scoring process. In addition, this position is responsible for creating brochures and information to promote services offered by the Center. Please read more here.    

  • Problem Centered Inquiry and Assessment in the Context of Liberal Education
    3/4/2014

    Click here to listen to a Radio Higher Ed podcast with AAC&U president, Carol Geary Schneider, on problem centered inquiry and assessment.

  • 3/3/2014Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed

    DQP co-author Paul Gaston recently released a book titled Higher Education Accreditation: How It’s Changing and Why It Must. In the book, he discusses why regional accreditors should identify common standards and encourage greater innovation in higher education.

  • 2/28/2014Alexander W. Astin in Inside Higher Ed writer Alexander W. Astin in Inside Higher Ed by Alexander W. Astin in Inside Higher Ed published by Alexander W. Astin in Inside Higher Ed
    Alexander Astin reflects on the process of accreditation in the U.S. and how this primary means of quality control is, and should remain, independent of the government.
  • 2/27/2014Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed published by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed
    A one-hour program for new students called a “difference-education intervention” is designed to close the achievement gap between first-generation and other students. During the program, junior and seniors discuss challenges they encountered and how they sought out resources to resolve issues so that first-generation students can successfully adjust to college.
  • New Issue of Assessment Update is Available Now
    2/26/2014
    The latest issue of Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for January/February 2014 is now available. Articles in this issue include Abraham Lauer and Jamie Korin’s "Expanding Assessment Perspectives: The Importance of Student Leadership in Student Learning Outcomes Assessment,” Jane Souza’s "Empowering Faculty and Students with Assessment Data,” and Tara Ebersole’s "Relating Students’ Grades and Measures of Specific Outcomes.”
  • 2/25/2014Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed published by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed
    Sarah Lawrence College created its own assessment system which does not use tests to measure student learning. Their system is a more personalized approach to evaluation and requires an analysis of every student after each course.
  • 2/21/2014W. Kent Barnds in Inside Higher Ed writer W. Kent Barnds in Inside Higher Ed by W. Kent Barnds in Inside Higher Ed published by W. Kent Barnds in Inside Higher Ed
    With the latest trend of competency-based education, residential liberal arts colleges are aiming to prove why learning in a residential setting is better.
  • 2/20/2014
    A study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario suggests that training graduate teaching assistants in a more student-centered approach can improve teaching effectiveness and student outcomes.
  • 2/19/2014Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    The University of Maine at Presque Isle is basing its academic programs on proficiency-based curriculums instead of the grading system. University officials stated moving beyond grades will create a more personalized, self-paced approach to learning.
  • 2/18/2014
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter
  • 2/14/2014Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Teaching and learning scholars are seeking to document what happens in the classroom in order to improve teaching methods. Classroom observations, which are a form of assessment, can connect the data points from what the faculty are doing to what students are learning.
  • 2/13/2014
    Lakehead University launched the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) that documents students’ involvement in activities that are not for credit. The CCR recognizes non-academic skills and learning outcomes gained outside the classroom and is an incentive for students to become more engaged.
  • 2/12/2014David Gooblar in Vitae writer David Gooblar in Vitae by David Gooblar in Vitae published by David Gooblar in Vitae
    This author believes frequent, low-stakes tests throughout a semester can have a significant impact on student learning by helping students retain class material better and becoming more comfortable with testing.
  • 2/11/2014
    The latest issue of AAC&U News (January/February 2014) examines a survey conducted by AAU among research universities and their dedication to assessing and improving undergraduate learning. The issue also includes a call for best practices of the AAC&U Global Learning VALUE Rubric.
  • 2/10/2014
    The Educational Testing Service is connecting badges to two tests - the Proficiency Profile and iSkills - assessments that aim to measure what students learn in college. After completing the assessments, students can earn digital badges based on their performance.
  • 2/7/2014Ben Miller in Ed Central writer Ben Miller in Ed Central by Ben Miller in Ed Central published by Ben Miller in Ed Central

    This article highlights the latest NILOA report and the increase in learning assessment activity. It also recommends that colleges need to provide more information and data for students and families to make informed decisions.  

  • 2/6/2014
    The Community College Research Center at Columbia University released a report on the impact of developmental education. Their study evaluated the effectiveness of community college remedial courses and concluded that developmental education is not improving outcomes for underprepared students and could benefit from reform.
  • 2/5/2014
    Peer Review (Volume 15, Number 4) focuses on senior capstone courses, projects, and examples of best practices.
  • 2/4/2014

    Scott Kinney, president of Capella University, discusses the importance of transparency regarding learning outcomes. He states that assessment results should be shared more often, as emphasized in the latest NILOA report.

  • 2/3/2014
    The latest issue of The Toolbox (Volume 12, Number 3) is now available. Articles in this issue focus on engaging in digital teaching and learning.
  • 1/31/2014Collen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed writer Collen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed by Collen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed published by Collen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed
    Theme-based general education ‘pathways’ programs, where required coursework is categorized into academically or socially relevant themes, are becoming a growing trend. Advocates for thematic pathways suggest that they create a more meaningful experience for students along with the opportunity to demonstrate the value of an undergraduate degree.
  • 1/30/2014Jacqueline S. Hodes in Faculty Focus writer Jacqueline S. Hodes in Faculty Focus by Jacqueline S. Hodes in Faculty Focus published by Jacqueline S. Hodes in Faculty Focus
    This author explains why a speed dating model can be more effective than a panel discussion in the classroom. The model can enhance student engagement and allow for a deeper learning experience by providing more interaction between students and panelists.
  • 1/29/2014Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed published by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed
    Inside Higher Ed’s survey of chief academic officers includes a section on learning outcomes and assessment. The majority of provosts stated using tools to assess student learning, but not all institutions use data on assessment results to advise decision making.
  • 1/28/2014Collen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed writer Collen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed by Collen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed published by Collen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed
    The College of Idaho introduced the PEAK program that requires students to have one major and three minors in different areas. The program maintains the ideals of liberal arts education while allowing students to start classes in their majors sooner rather than later.
  • 1/27/2014Suzanne Bowness in University Affairs writer Suzanne Bowness in University Affairs by Suzanne Bowness in University Affairs published by Suzanne Bowness in University Affairs
    Many institutions have identified the advantages of e-portfolios as tools to help students articulate their learning goals and track their progress. The reflective nature of e-portfolios might make learning more effective for students.
  • 1/23/2014
    The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is seeking applications from higher education institutions to participate in the second year of “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success.” Each institution will select team members headed by a librarian team leader to examine the impact of the library on student success.
  • 1/22/2014
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • Colleges Measure Learning in More Ways, but Seldom Share Results
    1/21/2014

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed highlight NILOA’s latest report, “Knowing What Students Know and Can Do: The Current State of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment in U.S. Colleges and Universities.”  The report reveals that measuring student learning increased, but institutions are not using assessment results as often to make effective changes.

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville seeks an Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
    1/16/2014

    The University of Wisconsin-Platteville invites applications for the Executive Director of Institutional Effective and Assessment. This position will lead the new Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (OIEA) to help centralize and expand the university’s ability to conduct assessment, streamline institutional research and planning, support integrated planning, and inform decision-making. The position reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. Please read more here.

  • 1/15/2014Colleen M. Hanycz writer Colleen M. Hanycz by Colleen M. Hanycz published by Colleen M. Hanycz
    This author argues that an outcomes-based model of education can benefit students completing a degree in the liberal arts. By articulating outcomes and teaching to those outcomes, students can fully articulate the advantages of their skills and competencies.
  • 1/14/2014Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    CUNY is expanding its Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) in order to improve the graduation rates of low-income students. The program offers free tuition and textbooks along with structured advising and class schedules to selected participants.
  • 1/10/2014Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education introduced the Interstate Passport Agreement which will make it easier for students to transfer their general-education coursework between institutions. The passport project focuses on learning outcomes and proficiencies for students to demonstrate when transferring instead of credit hours.  

  • 1/9/2014Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    The University of California at Davis created a digital badge system that focuses on competency- based education and knowledge learned outside of the classroom. The badging system does not replace college credentials, and it allows students to communicate the experiential learning in which they have engaged.
  • 12/16/2013
    The latest issue of Liberal Education features articles examining the phenomenon of MOOCs and if they are revolutionizing higher education. Others articles focus on competency-based education and whether it will replace seat time.
  • 12/13/2013
    The latest issue of Research and Practice in Assessment (Volume 8, Winter 2013) is now available. Articles in this issue focus on assessment in the field of student affairs and showcase the scholarship of faculty from five major research universities.
  • 12/12/2013Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Clear and organized teaching can have a valuable impact on student learning and critical thinking skills. New research from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education confirms a relationship between students’ perceptions of teaching quality and approaches to learning.
  • 12/11/2013Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed writer Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed by Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed published by Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) updated its approach to measuring students’ participation in activities that are associated with higher learning outcomes. The updated model is more qualitative and includes new questions on the student experience and learning with technology.
  • Adding Competency to Community
    12/10/2013

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed highlight efforts from Western Governors University to partner with eleven community colleges to create competency-based degree programs. Participating community college officials recognized the demand for more innovative and effective ways for students to build on their own experiences and earn degrees.  

  • 12/6/2013Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    A report from the Data Quality Campaign tracks states that are collecting and using data on student performance to inform stakeholders on educational improvement efforts.  The report also includes ten steps on how to support effective data use to prepare students for the future.

  • 12/5/2013
    The latest issue of The Toolbox (Volume 12, Number 2) is now available. Articles in this issue focus on adopting oral discourse as an assessment tool.
  • 12/4/2013
    A report released by the Center for American Progress chronicles students enrolled in competency-based programs. The report is aiming to identify the positive qualities and commonalities that exist among their experiences and competency-based education.
  • 12/3/2013Joe McKendrick in SmartPlanet writer Joe McKendrick in SmartPlanet by Joe McKendrick in SmartPlanet published by Joe McKendrick in SmartPlanet
    Advocates for competency-based education continue to promote the positive aspects of learning outside of the classroom and demonstrating acquired knowledge, skills and abilities that can translate into earning a degree.
  • 12/2/2013
    Jennifer Stephens Helm, Dean and VP of Institutional Research and Assessment at American Public University System (APUS), discusses adopting the DQP framework. APUS replaced their existing institutional learning outcomes with the five areas of student learning specified in the DQP along with an additional outcome of digital information literacy that is distinctive to APUS.
  • 12/2/2013Barret Havens in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Barret Havens in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Barret Havens in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Barret Havens in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This author argues that assessment practices should be recognized as opportunities for learning, and the approach to conducting assessment should begin with faculty engagement.
  • 11/22/2013Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    U.S. lawmakers are drafting new bills aimed at reforming higher education. Senate members recently debated on changing the accreditation system along with federal financial aid policy.
  • 11/21/2013Michael Stratford in Inside Higher Ed writer Michael Stratford in Inside Higher Ed by Michael Stratford in Inside Higher Ed published by Michael Stratford in Inside Higher Ed
    The Obama administration is traveling to four college campuses this month to gather information and feedback on its proposal to create a federal college ratings system. Several university leaders have stated concerns about the validity of the metrics and what data will be measured.
  • 11/20/2013Ben Gose in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Ben Gose in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Ben Gose in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Ben Gose in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Faculty members at Lafayette College developed a strategy to integrate the outcome of diversity into the curriculum. Professors who participated in the project stated that this opportunity allowed them to explore the topic of diversity with students in more creative ways.
  • 11/20/2013
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 11/19/2013Anya Kamenetz in The New York Times writer Anya Kamenetz in The New York Times by Anya Kamenetz in The New York Times published by Anya Kamenetz in The New York Times
    Several institutions are now offering low cost competency-based programs which use a student-centered model, but critics have concerns that these programs focus too heavily on skills and outcomes rather than disciplines and the higher education experience.
  • 11/18/2013Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Several states’ increasing interest in student learning has led to the development of performance-based appropriations. In response to criticism that it will diminish academic quality, states created performance-based formulas that include quality assurance.
  • 11/15/2013Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Complete College America is aiming to increase college completion rates by developing action plans with the 34 states that have joined their Alliance of States and committed to set completion goals through 2020.
  • 11/14/2013Carl Straumsheim in Inside Higher Ed writer Carl Straumsheim in Inside Higher Ed by Carl Straumsheim in Inside Higher Ed published by Carl Straumsheim in Inside Higher Ed
    Some ed tech companies and universities are now using the term “learning experience” instead of “course.” This shift is due to the recognition of learning outside of the traditional classroom in online formats.
  • 11/13/2013

    AAC&U released a new publication, Using the VALUE Rubrics for Improvement of Learning and Authentic Assessment, which provides information about the development and use of the VALUE rubrics for assessment of student learning.

  • 11/12/2013Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    A report released by Complete College America and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems tracks how states are moving to performance-based funding. The report acknowledges that more states have begun to include measures of student learning and academic quality into their funding mechanisms.
  • 11/11/2013
    Lumina Foundation released a publication on how the Common Core State Standards and the Degree Qualifications Profile can better align K-12 and higher education.
  • 11/8/2013Ed Finkel in Community College Times writer Ed Finkel in Community College Times by Ed Finkel in Community College Times published by Ed Finkel in Community College Times
    Several community colleges began testing MOOCs last year, but the majority remains skeptical of adopting a massive open online course at an environment meant for small class sizes and more faculty interaction.
  • 11/7/2013Lindsay Ellis in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Lindsay Ellis in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Lindsay Ellis in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Lindsay Ellis in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Texas, Ohio, and Montana’s public-college systems will begin working with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning to evaluate using prior-learning assessments. The council has previously not worked on statewide and multi-institution adoption of prior-learning assessments and they intend to set plans within each state system to document the process.
  • 11/6/2013
    The Council for Higher Education Accreditation developed an easy-to-use Tool Kit to provide information on accreditation to faculty, students, presidents and chancellors, governing boards, and accreditors.
  • 11/5/2013
    The Association for Institutional Research October newsletter features an article on public accessibility to institutional data dashboards. The majority of AIR member survey respondents indicated their dashboards are not viewable by the public, and some are limited to only campus administrators.
  • 11/4/2013Alan Reid and Denise Paster in Inside Higher Ed writer Alan Reid and Denise Paster in Inside Higher Ed by Alan Reid and Denise Paster in Inside Higher Ed published by Alan Reid and Denise Paster in Inside Higher Ed
    Digital badge programs, which were originally developed for MOOC classes and distance learning, are becoming integrated into traditional course formats. Learners are rewarded with a digital badge upon completion of certain skills, and early research argues that badges can increase motivation and add incentive to the learning process.
  • New Issue of Assessment Update is Available Now
    10/25/2013
    The latest issue of Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for September/October 2013 is now available. Articles in this issue include Eloise Knowlton's "Through the Rearview Looking Glass: Collaborative Writing and the Accreditation Self-Study,” Tiffany Hamlett and Mary Bold’s "Faculty Development for Online Institutions,” and Sarah Keeling, Kara Woodlee, and Michelle Maher’s "Assessment is Not a Spectator Sport: Experiencing Authentic Assessment in the Classroom.”
  • 10/24/2013

    The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites attendees to one of their free online open forums to learn more about the work of their task force appointed to oversee substantial revisions to the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Learn more here

  • 10/23/2013Geoffrey A. Fowler in The Wall Street Journal writer Geoffrey A. Fowler in The Wall Street Journal by Geoffrey A. Fowler in The Wall Street Journal published by Geoffrey A. Fowler in The Wall Street Journal
    This article offers suggestions for improving the online learning experience for MOOCs so that students feel more engaged and are willing to participate in online class discussions and forums. These changes have the potential to lead to increased pass rates for MOOCs.
  • 10/22/2013Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed writer Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed by Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed published by Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed
    Several community colleges are aiming to increase civic engagement among commuter and adult students. Numerous institutions created mapping projects to get students involved in service learning in their own neighborhoods.
  • 10/21/2013Megan Rogers in Inside Higher Ed writer Megan Rogers in Inside Higher Ed by Megan Rogers in Inside Higher Ed published by Megan Rogers in Inside Higher Ed

    A study released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development claims that adults in the U.S. have below-average basic literacy skills. Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, said the results should prompt colleges, not just public education, to focus on policies that raise proficiency levels in K-12 education.  

  • 10/18/2013Alisa McArthur in Faculty Focus writer Alisa McArthur in Faculty Focus by Alisa McArthur in Faculty Focus published by Alisa McArthur in Faculty Focus
    This professor reflects on an assignment that successfully engaged students with course material and strengthened the learning experience in the classroom.
  • 10/17/2013
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 10/16/2013Taylor Lannamann in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Taylor Lannamann in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Taylor Lannamann in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Taylor Lannamann in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This student questions the validity of standardized testing and the significance of the CLA+, a test which measures graduating seniors’ growth and evidence of work-readiness skills.
  • Are Illinois High School Graduates Ready for College and Careers?
    10/15/2013

    Three reports released by the Pathways Resource Center address the importance of policies that promote college and career readiness for Illinois high school students.

  • 10/14/2013Jack Stripling in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jack Stripling in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jack Stripling in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jack Stripling in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article describes the steps taken by Lebanon Valley College to retain accreditation and how the college used academic assessment to focus on its primary mission of student learning.
  • 10/11/2013Scott Carlson in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Scott Carlson in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Scott Carlson in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Scott Carlson in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The University of Wisconsin will start its competency-based education program, called Flex Option, later this year. The program is designed to increase the number of degree holders in the state, but faculty members responsible for designing assessments for the Flex Option are skeptical that the program will meet academic standards.
  • 10/10/2013
    Ontario College of Art and Design adopted a new grading policy which assesses course work in relation to how well it meets the learning outcomes for a specific course. OCAD describes this new policy as transparent and fair for students.
  • 10/9/2013
    The latest issue of Liberal Education features an article on efforts to encourage critical thinking in online classes. Also featured is an article on the success of Michigan State University’s initiative to integrate institution-specific student learning goals with the VALUE rubric for global learning.
  • 10/8/2013Hannah Winston in The Chronicle of Education writer Hannah Winston in The Chronicle of Education by Hannah Winston in The Chronicle of Education published by Hannah Winston in The Chronicle of Education
    New software at Purdue University, called Signals, is tracking students’ progress in certain classes and whether or not they have completed assignments. Classes using Signals have seen higher retention rates than those without the software.
  • 10/7/2013Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Testing firms are responding to the push in accountability in higher education by offering skills assessments. These new assessments track students’ learning outcomes and improvements over time, and the data will be of use to accreditors and faculty members.
  • 10/4/2013Emily Bergquist and Rick Holbeck in Faculty Focus writer Emily Bergquist and Rick Holbeck in Faculty Focus by Emily Bergquist and Rick Holbeck in Faculty Focus published by Emily Bergquist and Rick Holbeck in Faculty Focus
    These authors offer a few examples of using formative assessment in online classrooms. Some possibilities include utilizing a double-entry journal and student-generated test questions in order to gauge student understanding.
  • The Adjunct Advantage
    10/3/2013

    Articles in Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle highlight a study at Northwestern University by the National Bureau of Economic Research that found students learned more when their instructors are adjuncts than tenure-track professors. This author shares his viewpoint on the results of the study.

  • 10/2/2013Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    According to the results of a survey conducted by Northeastern University, employers and the public want colleges to prepare graduates to communicate effectively and think critically. Employers also responded that it is important for students to be well-rounded rather than receive training that is too narrow and specific.

  • 10/1/2013Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed published by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed
    College Board president, David Coleman, described changes to the SAT which will include a revision to the essay portion of the test. Coleman also announced that he would like to align the test more closely to high school and college curriculums.
  • 9/30/2013Jack Grove in Times Higher Education writer Jack Grove in Times Higher Education by Jack Grove in Times Higher Education published by Jack Grove in Times Higher Education
    Students at Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands were given the opportunity to structure their own learning by leading classes. As a result of this experiment, students were more engaged in the classroom and their grades improved.
  • 9/27/2013Molly Corbett Broad in Inside Higher Ed writer Molly Corbett Broad in Inside Higher Ed by Molly Corbett Broad in Inside Higher Ed published by Molly Corbett Broad in Inside Higher Ed
    Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education, shares ACE's evaluation and research initiative to review MOOCs for college credit and to examine their academic potential to increase student learning and strengthen college curriculums.
  • 9/26/2013George Boggs in Inside Higher Ed writer George Boggs in Inside Higher Ed by George Boggs in Inside Higher Ed published by George Boggs in Inside Higher Ed
    George Boggs, president of the American Association of Community Colleges, discusses the importance for colleges and universities to put student learning at the center of policies and procedures so that higher education can remain valuable.
  • 9/25/2013Karen Birchard in University Affairs writer Karen Birchard in University Affairs by Karen Birchard in University Affairs published by Karen Birchard in University Affairs
    Canadian medical education is introducing a competency-based approach that will require students to progress through milestones before they can move to the next level. The program will also include individual e-portfolios so students can see their demonstrated competencies as they advance.
  • 9/24/2013
    The American Academy of Arts and Sciences released a “Humanities Report Card” described as a “snapshot” of the current data on the humanities. This report card includes areas of improvement and challenges still faced by the humanities.
  • 9/23/2013Alexander W. Astin in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Alexander W. Astin in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Alexander W. Astin in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Alexander W. Astin in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    In an article from The Chronicle, Alexander Astin states that institutions should strive to use before-and-after assessments that measure students’ change over time instead of end-of-course evaluations. Using the before-and-after tests along with gathering data on students’ educational experiences can help strengthen educational programs.
  • California State University, Fullerton is seeking a Director of Assessment & Educational Effectiveness
    9/20/2013

    California State University at Fullerton seeks an individual for the position of Director of Assessment & Educational Effectiveness to administer the development and implementation of assessment plans (including General Education and online instruction) at program, center, department, College and University levels and ensure the alignment of learning outcomes across all levels. This position will develop and administer training and guidance to faculty and staff on issues related to academic assessment.  Please read more here

  • 9/19/2013
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 9/19/2013Jackie Tempera in USA Today writer Jackie Tempera in USA Today by Jackie Tempera in USA Today published by Jackie Tempera in USA Today
    The Council for Aid to Education developed an exam that tests students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, writing, scientific and quantitative reasoning skills. Some institutions will begin using the exam to measure their students’ employability, while others will utilize the exam to assess student improvement.
  • 9/18/2013

    AAC&U released a new publication, Ensuring Quality & Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale, which presents research on educational practices that are related to higher levels of student engagement, academic challenge, and achievement.  The publication, co-authored by George Kuh, includes case studies of five campuses delivering high-impact practices.

  • 9/17/2013Jack Grove in Times Higher Education writer Jack Grove in Times Higher Education by Jack Grove in Times Higher Education published by Jack Grove in Times Higher Education
    Universities in the U.K. are asking faculty members to state their teaching qualifications for a survey conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Officials at the agency will publish the survey data next year since they believe it is crucial that those who teach students are qualified to do so.
  • University of Colorado at Denver Seeks a Library Assessment Coordinator
    9/11/2013

    The Auraria Library at the University of Colorado, Denver seeks a creative, flexible and innovative individual who is able to provide leadership in developing comprehensive and sustainable assessment and evaluation programs and to work independently with internal and external campus constituents.  In this newly created position, the Assessment Librarian will serve as an expert resource and engage with Library departments to analyze and report assessment data; document the Library's value and impact; and develop a comprehensive evaluation program that ensures continuous improvement and evidence-based strategic-planning and decision making.  Please read more here

  • 9/10/2013
    According to the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, many students enrolled in large first-year university classes are more engaged when lecture content is provided online and class time is focused on discussion and interaction.
  • 9/9/2013Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed writer Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed by Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed published by Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed
    Inside Higher Ed's survey of professors found skepticism among faculty members about the quality of online learning. Many question whether online courses can achieve learning outcomes similar to in-person courses.
  • 9/6/2013Carl Straumsheim in Inside Higher Ed writer Carl Straumsheim in Inside Higher Ed by Carl Straumsheim in Inside Higher Ed published by Carl Straumsheim in Inside Higher Ed
    Two professors at the University of Texas at Austin will broadcast their lectures live for their online psychology course which they are calling a synchronous massive online course or SMOC.
  • Maryland University of Integrative Health is seeking a Director of Academic Assessment
    9/5/2013

    Maryland University of Integrative Health invites applications for the position of Director of Academic Assessment.  The Director will be responsible for managing academic assessment for on-ground and online academic programs.  The position will report to the Provost and will work to integrate the academic strategy into the overall institutional assessment strategy.  For more information about the position and how to apply, please click here.

  • New Issue of Assessment Update is Available Now
    9/4/2013
    The latest issue of Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for July/August 2013 is now available. Articles in this issue include Jessica Ickes and Daniel Flowers' "Student Interpretation of Selected Degree Qualifications Profile Outcomes," Gary Pike's "The Updated National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)," and Dorothy Bray's "Ingenuity: A New Super Skill, a New Assessment Challenge, a New National Conversation."
  • 9/3/2013
    The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association released a statement approving the initiatives of the Obama administration to encourage innovation in enhancing student learning.
  • NILOA 2013 National Survey of Chief Academic Officers
    8/29/2013

    The 2013 national survey of Chief Academic Officers and institutional assessment practice is currently out in the field. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey if you have received an invitation.  To see a copy of the survey, please click here

  • 8/28/2013Daniel Shumski in Education Dive writer Daniel Shumski in Education Dive by Daniel Shumski in Education Dive published by Daniel Shumski in Education Dive
    Five possibilities for how the Common Core could impact higher education are offered in this article. One possibility is that the Common Core could reduce the need for remedial courses at colleges and universities since students would come better prepared.
  • 8/28/2013James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This author offers suggestions on how to reduce cheating among college students which involve increasing student learning. Low-stakes assessments, such as frequent quizzes and reflection exercises, can actually produce learning and lead to decreased rates of cheating.
  • ACT Scores Slip
    8/26/2013

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed discuss the 2013 ACT results which had composite scores at the lowest they've been in five years.  Twenty-six percent of tested students met all four of the college-readiness benchmarks. 

  • 8/23/2013George David Clark in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer George David Clark in The Chronicle of Higher Education by George David Clark in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by George David Clark in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This author reflects on students' higher-level thinking within courses and how professors can connect deep learning from one course to an institution's academic objectives.
  • 8/21/2013Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Southern New Hampshire University's College for America now has its first graduate from the competency-based program. The direct assessment associate degree is not based on the credit hour standard and students must demonstrate competencies in order to move through the program.
  • 8/20/2013

    The American College Personnel Association released a publication titled Assessment in Practice: A Companion Guide to the ASK Standards which provides examples of best practices of assessment according to the Assessment Skills and Knowledge Standards.

  • 8/19/2013
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 8/13/2013Paul Fain writer Paul Fain by Paul Fain published by Paul Fain
    Students enrolled in a new competency-based program at Northern Arizona University will receive a second transcript called a "competency report," which outlines students' proficiency in required concepts. Some assessment experts claim that, while they are not ideal, the competency reports may provide more substantive evidence of student learning than the traditional transcript.
  • 8/13/2013Lee Gardner writer Lee Gardner by Lee Gardner published by Lee Gardner
    Capella University's competency-based FlexPath program has received approval from the US Department of Education. The program is online, self-paced and allows for assessment based on demonstrated competencies rather than credit hours.
  • 8/13/2013Seth Fletcher writer Seth Fletcher by Seth Fletcher published by Seth Fletcher
    This article explores the advantages and potential consequences of computerized instruction and testing. Proponents claim that technology-based may allow for more individualized learning and real-time assessment. Opponents, however, suggest that using technology as a replacement for teachers could lead to a "tech-oriented, tested-focus education reform."
  • 8/13/2013Christine Pinsent-Johnson, Shannon Howell and Rebekka King writer Christine Pinsent-Johnson, Shannon Howell and Rebekka King by Christine Pinsent-Johnson, Shannon Howell and Rebekka King published by Christine Pinsent-Johnson, Shannon Howell and Rebekka King
    According to a report from Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, many students who return to high school in Ontario do so in order to pursue postsecondary education.
  • 8/13/2013Ry Richard writer Ry Richard by Ry Richard published by Ry Richard
    Some institutions plan to offer transfer credit for courses completed through MOOCs, particularly Coursera and Udacity. Universities are attempting to determine how to measure the learning that takes place in a MOOC course and how that learning will transfer.
  • 8/1/2013Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Career Education Corporation is utilizing adaptive learning in its courses in an effort to improve student success. Officials at Career Education view the data-driven tools of adaptive learning as beneficial for helping faculty adjust teaching strategies and increasing student persistence and completion rates.
  • 7/31/2013D.D. Guttenplan in The New York Times writer D.D. Guttenplan in The New York Times by D.D. Guttenplan in The New York Times published by D.D. Guttenplan in The New York Times
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development created an international testing system that would assess what students around the world are learning in colleges and universities. According to the organization, this new system will measure teaching quality and learning outcomes as a response to the increasing influence of university rankings.
  • 7/30/2013Steven Mintz in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Steven Mintz in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Steven Mintz in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Steven Mintz in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This author predicts 15 innovations that will change the face of higher education within the next three years. A few of these predictions include increased competency-based education, personalized adaptive learning, and evidence-based pedagogy.
  • 7/29/2013
    The latest issue of Liberal Education features a Transparency Initiative project which helps faculty identify and adopt learning and teaching methods that are best suited to achieving desired outcomes. The project has found that transparent teaching and learning methods allow students to gain an enhanced understanding of their learning.
  • 7/26/2013Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed writer Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed by Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed published by Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed
    U-Multirank, an initiative funded by the European Commission, is offering university rankings based on five dimensions: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation, and regional engagement. The developers consider these dimensions to be meaningful indicators of institutional strength and diversity.
  • 7/25/2013Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed writer Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed by Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed published by Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed
    Starting this fall, Iowa's three public universities will be required by state law to create formative and summative assessments and submit proposals for using assessment to improve student learning. Faculty members will be given flexibility in defining methods of measurement and learning outcomes that will best contribute to continuous improvement.
  • 7/24/2013Eric T. Moore in Faculty Focus writer Eric T. Moore in Faculty Focus by Eric T. Moore in Faculty Focus published by Eric T. Moore in Faculty Focus
    This author centered his teaching techniques on Kolb's Experiential Learning Model (ELM) for an online course and found that a valuable student-centered learning environment is possible in an online setting.
  • 7/23/2013Cory Weinberg in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Cory Weinberg in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Cory Weinberg in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Cory Weinberg in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The North Carolina Community College System released a report illustrating the performance of its 58 campuses. The performance measures focus on student progress, and the report is considered a step towards accountability.
  • 7/22/2013Scott Carlson in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Scott Carlson in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Scott Carlson in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Scott Carlson in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The Higher Learning Commission approved a competency-based degree program at the University of Wisconsin. The Flexible Option program is the first at a major public university and is being seen as a way to increase the number of degree holders in the state.
  • New Yardstick of Quality
    7/19/2013

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed discuss the Voluntary Institutional Metrics Project which is comprised of 18 institutions that collaborated together to create metrics that are comparable across institutions.  The project established five metrics in an effort to give government officials a more accurate view of colleges and universities. 

  • 7/17/2013
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 7/15/2013
    Facing challenges to establish quality assurance within European higher education, this author suggests that institutions should grant grades based on fixed key learning outcomes instead of the learning outcomes of a student cohort. Accountability and transparency might also lead to increased quality assurance and mutual recognition of degrees.
  • Making the Case for Liberal Arts
    7/12/2013

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed highlight a report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences that emphasizes the importance of the humanities and social sciences.  The report argues they provide a broad, comprehensive, and balanced form of education that prepares graduates to be well-rounded. 

  • 7/11/2013
    Some universities in Canada are seeking U.S. accreditation in an effort to implement assessment practices that will ensure quality standards are met. The move to gain U.S. accreditation will also drive institutional efforts in assessment of student learning.
  • 7/9/2013Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed writer Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed by Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed published by Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed
    Oregon State University is analyzing the success of students enrolled in their online courses. This review process is aiming to evaluate how learning outcomes should be developed for online learning.
  • 7/8/2013
    A study of learning studios by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario has found increased satisfaction from students and faculty. The authors also noted the environment of learning studios encouraged the implementation of learning strategies that had not been possible in traditional classrooms.
  • New Measure of Success
    7/5/2013

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed announce the Student Achievement Measure (SAM) which was developed by six higher education associations.  This new tracking method relies on different metrics than the federal government's system, and it aims to provide a more comprehensive glimpse at how students progress and complete college. 

  • New Issue of Assessment Update is Available Now
    7/3/2013
    The latest issue of Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for May/June 2013 is now available. Articles in this issue include Maureen Snow Andrade's "Launching E-Portfolios: An Organic Process," Trudy Banta's "Envisioning Learning," Debra Smith's "Working at Assessment," and Peter Ewell's "From the States."
  • 6/26/2013
    The Educational Testing Service developed two new assessment tools that will measure student learning. Students who take the tests will be assessed on reading, writing, critical thinking and ability to navigate through digital technology.
  • 6/25/2013
    Northern Arizona University received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer competency-based online degrees. The program, Personalized Learning, will allow students to demonstrate prior knowledge and learning will be self-paced and customized for students.
  • 6/18/2013
    Judith Eaton, president of CHEA, presented her thoughts on the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act which was initiated in April and whether traditional accreditation can be sustained.
  • 6/18/2013
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • Smooth Lectures Foster Only the Illusion of Learning, Study Finds
    6/17/2013

    Articles in Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle highlight findings from a study examining instructor fluency.  Researchers discovered that students did not retain more information from attending a lecture delivered by a charismatic lecturer. 

  • 6/14/2013
    AAC&U's Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) project released a rubric to assess global learning. The rubric was developed for AAC&U's Essential Learning Outcomes for students graduating in an increasing global society.
  • 6/13/2013
    A new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario examined the experiences of non-traditional students who participated in college preparatory programs. The authors suggested that the quality of preparatory programs should be in focus so students are properly prepared for the transition into postsecondary programs.
  • 6/12/2013Karin Fischer in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Karin Fischer in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Karin Fischer in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Karin Fischer in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Students who interact more with their international classmates gain a greater cultural awareness and develop intellectual skills that can benefit them after graduation. The authors of this study suggest that colleges can foster greater international interaction on their campuses.
  • 6/11/2013Steve Kolowich in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Steve Kolowich in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Steve Kolowich in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Steve Kolowich in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Researchers at MIT and Harvard published a study that found students enrolled in MOOC classes who worked offline with someone else had better scores than those who worked on their own. The authors hope to use this research to understand which students are most likely to succeed in MOOCs.
  • 6/10/2013Cliff Adelman in Inside Higher Ed writer Cliff Adelman in Inside Higher Ed by Cliff Adelman in Inside Higher Ed published by Cliff Adelman in Inside Higher Ed
    An article by Cliff Adelman discusses the importance of the DQP as a tool for clarifying what degrees mean as expressed by statements of competencies. Using the DQP as a framework, competencies can be demonstrated throughout a student's academic career in multiple courses not just through credits and GPA scores.
  • 6/6/2013
    The University of Guelph adopted learning outcomes for its graduate programs that correspond to the learning outcomes recently approved for the undergraduate curriculum. This makes the university the first institution in Canada believed to have across-the-board learning outcomes for all its degree programs.
  • 6/4/2013

    The Southern Education Foundation released a publication on the importance of assessment at minority serving institutions and how they can document and convey student learning on their campuses.  The publication can be found in NILOA's Resource Library

  • 6/3/2013Ellen Hazelkorn in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Ellen Hazelkorn in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Ellen Hazelkorn in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Ellen Hazelkorn in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Educational quality is no longer only under the control of higher education institutions and accreditors as government involvement has increased globally. This author suggests one way for higher education institutions to regain control is to agree on how quality can be defined and demonstrated.
  • 5/31/2013
    The Higher Learning Commission approved Capella University's pilot program of competency-based education which uses direct assessment instead of credit hours to track learning.
  • 5/30/2013

    A new group created by CHEA introduced a series of policy briefs that will focus on quality assurance of higher education institutions in an international setting.  The first issue of Policy Brief can be found in the NILOA Resource Library. 

  • Less Academically Adrift?
    5/29/2013

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed highlight studies conducted by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE) that suggest there is significant growth in student learning during college.  This contrasts findings from the authors of Academically Adrift that found there is little growth in student learning in colleges. 

  • 5/28/2013
    The makers of learning management systems are looking for developers to design an application that will work across their different products to create a common 'edtech ecosystem.'
  • 5/24/2013
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 5/23/2013

    The American College Personnel Association released a publication titled Accreditation and the Role of the Student Affairs Educator which includes a chapter on assessment and institutional effectiveness.  The publication can be found in NILOA's Resource Library

  • 5/22/2013
    Peer Review (Volume 15, Number 1) focuses on how administrators, faculty, and staff can collaborate and work together to promote successful learning outcomes.
  • 5/21/2013
    AAC&U published a print version of the DQP which features a new preface by Terrel Rhodes, Vice President of AAC&U, and offers advice and direction on how to assess learning in relation to the competencies outlined in the DQP.
  • 5/20/2013
    A blog posting by George Kuh discusses the revision of the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) and proposes four additional modifications that focus on emphasizing transparency efforts in assessment and accountability. Editor's note: NILOA's Transparency Framework can be used as a guide for institutions to evaluate and present evidence of student learning.
  • 5/17/2013Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed

    This article explores the recent revisions of the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) based in part on feedback from a 2012 NILOA report that found the VSA needed to expand the range of assessment tools for it to be useful to institutions.  Co-author Stan Ikenberry is interviewed in the article. 

  • 5/16/2013Geraldine Van Gyn in Faculty Focus writer Geraldine Van Gyn in Faculty Focus by Geraldine Van Gyn in Faculty Focus published by Geraldine Van Gyn in Faculty Focus
    A simple but effective assignment has the potential to get students thinking more critically about challenging reading assignments, and this can lead to greater student engagement in the classroom.
  • 5/15/2013Liz Koblyk in University Affairs writer Liz Koblyk in University Affairs by Liz Koblyk in University Affairs published by Liz Koblyk in University Affairs
    Vocational assessments can provide information for exploring career options, but since they only highlight part of a person's interests, university career centers must be careful not to rely solely on taking tests when helping students choose careers.
  • 5/14/2013
    After working on a series of projects to examine assessment measures, HEQCO identified learning outcomes as the most fundamental element of quality assurance. They invited six institutions to join a consortium committed to the assessment of learning and cognitive skills.
  • 5/6/2013Ronald Legon in Inside Higher Ed writer Ronald Legon in Inside Higher Ed by Ronald Legon in Inside Higher Ed published by Ronald Legon in Inside Higher Ed
    A second generation of MOOCs is emerging aiming to address the issue of quality by integrating distance education with on-ground programs so students are able to receive feedback and other academic support services in order to be successful.
  • 5/6/2013Adam Kotsko in Inside Higher Ed writer Adam Kotsko in Inside Higher Ed by Adam Kotsko in Inside Higher Ed published by Adam Kotsko in Inside Higher Ed
    This author wonders if it is possible to develop an assessment system that demonstrates the value of educational programs instead of adopting numerical measurements to assess what students are learning.
  • 5/3/2013Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The Voluntary Framework of Accountability is aiming to measure community college students' progress and outcomes, and there is potential for the VFA to influence institutional improvement and policy on accountability.
  • 5/2/2013Vickie Kelly in Faculty Focus writer Vickie Kelly in Faculty Focus by Vickie Kelly in Faculty Focus published by Vickie Kelly in Faculty Focus
    This author suggests five areas that should guide institutions when reviewing program assessment plans to ensure that assessment activities and reports actually produce change.
  • New Issue of Assessment Update is Available Now
    5/1/2013
    The latest issue of Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for March/April 2013 is now available. Articles in this issue include Carolinda Douglass and Eric Niemi's "Including Students in Student Assessment," Mitchell Peterson and Amanda Gustafson's "Using Curriculum-Embedded Assessments of Student Learning: Establishing a Model for Internal Benchmarking," and Gary Pike's "Assessment Measures."
  • 5/1/2013
    African nations have agreed to develop a system of quality assurance for higher education which will also include a framework for students that transfer among African universities.
  • 4/30/2013

    The University of Illinois at Chicago was the focus of a case study to develop and implement a course-based general education assessment.  Click here to read the case study. 

  • 4/26/2013Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    With the U.S. Department of Education's approval to receive federal financial aid for students, Southern New Hampshire University's College for America program is moving forward to offer an associate degree based on demonstrating competencies instead of credit hours.
  • 4/25/2013Jake New in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jake New in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jake New in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jake New in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Smart Sparrow, a new online-learning platform, gives educators the tools to design customized interactive content which allows for instant feedback and more personalized online learning for students.
  • 4/24/2013Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    A group of higher education associations, accreditors, and foundations are attempting to define a shared framework for competencies and whether they are established at the course level or across a curriculum in order to take the next step into competency-based education.
  • 4/23/2013
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 4/23/2013
    A report released by HEQCO indicates that Ontario's postsecondary education system is efficient and accessible, but there is a lack of consensus on the definition of quality. This has prompted the need to focus on using learning outcomes as quality indicators.
  • 4/22/2013
    WASC released a penultimate draft of their 2013 Handbook which includes a brief discussion of the DQP as a framework for institutions to convey the meaning of degrees.
  • 4/19/2013Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed writer Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed by Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed published by Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed
    A new Florida bill would allow any individual, organization or institution to create courses and seek accreditation status from Florida officials. This has many faculty members concerned about the transfer of instruction and curriculum evaluation to commercial organizations.
  • More Than a Major
    4/18/2013

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed highlight a survey conducted by AAC&U which found that employers are interested in a candidate's ability to demonstrate complex problem-solving skills and critical thinking more than the undergraduate major. 

  • 4/17/2013
    The Association of College and Research Libraries has selected 75 institutional teams to participate in the Assessment in Action program. These campus teams will develop and implement a project that examines the impact of a library on student success as well as contributions to assessment activities.
  • 4/15/2013Peter Stokes in Inside Higher Ed writer Peter Stokes in Inside Higher Ed by Peter Stokes in Inside Higher Ed published by Peter Stokes in Inside Higher Ed
    Adaptive learning which uses forms of computer-aided instruction may have the potential to positively impact higher education by allowing the learner to adapt to the curriculum in more effectual ways.
  • 4/11/2013Allie Bidwell in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Allie Bidwell in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Allie Bidwell in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Allie Bidwell in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The California Assembly will be considering a bill later this month that would create a new university that will allow students to obtain knowledge from any source and pay a fee to take exams for credit.
  • 4/10/2013Katherine Robertson in Faculty Focus writer Katherine Robertson in Faculty Focus by Katherine Robertson in Faculty Focus published by Katherine Robertson in Faculty Focus
    This author wonders if required assessment will stifle students' creativity and if it's possible to hand the task of formative assessment over to students in order to encourage independent thinking.
  • Kansas State University is seeking an Assistant Director of Assessment
    4/9/2013

    The Office of Assessment at Kansas State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Assessment. The assistant will work with the Director on projects of the Office of Assessment, all of which have an overriding goal of the improvement of student learning at Kansas State University.  For more information about the position and how to apply, please click here

  • 4/8/2013Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed writer Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed by Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed published by Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed
    Author points to the growing criticism of study abroad programs that assess student satisfaction rather than measurable learning and growth. A six-level, developmental classification system with related outcomes is discussed.
  • 4/4/2013Madeleine F. Green in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Madeleine F. Green in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Madeleine F. Green in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Madeleine F. Green in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    As internationalization becomes more essential to postsecondary education, it is important to define global learning outcomes so institutions can measure and assess students in order to produce graduates that are prepared for a changing global environment.
  • 4/3/2013
    A new study published by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) examined the benefits of participating in on campus activities and that students involved scored higher in time management and problem solving skills.
  • 4/2/2013James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    In Part 3 of this series, the author considers the benefits of service learning and if drawing connections between coursework and real-world context can open students' eyes to the applicability of learned skills and knowledge.

  • Student Aid Awarded for Competencies
    4/1/2013

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed announce the U.S. Department of Education's decision to award federal student aid based on measured competencies.  This decision signals an opening for direct assessment and could give a major boost to competency-based education.

  • 3/29/2013
    According to a new study published by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), using tablet devices in the classroom allows for instant instructor feedback and student collaboration and can possibly improve student performance and participation.
  • 3/28/2013Steve Kolowich in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Steve Kolowich in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Steve Kolowich in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Steve Kolowich in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The State University of New York System is moving to adopt prior-learning assessment programs along with competency-based education and MOOCs, all of which are aimed at helping students finish degrees in less time and for less money.
  • 3/27/2013Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The U.S. Department of Education's decision to award student aid based on measured competencies has the potential to reimagine the academic calendar and provide flexibility for students to improve learning and reduce costs.
  • Laptop Browsing
    3/26/2013

    Articles in Inside Higher Ed and York University discuss the findings of a study that confirms students who browse the internet during class comprehend less of the material covered in a lecture and so do students sitting next to the multi-taskers. 

  • NILOA to Launch Second Annual Survey of Chief Academic Officers
    3/26/2013

    In April 2013, NILOA will send a survey to all accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. to gain a current picture of outcome assessment practices nationwide. The results will update findings from NILOA's first national survey conducted in 2009.

  • Remedial Reboot
    3/25/2013

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed highlight the Statway program developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching which uses research to redesign a new approach to teaching developmental math. 

  • HEQCO | New HEQCO Book Explores the Global Arena of Learning Outcomes
    3/14/2013
    A new book from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) presents an overview of global learning outcome initiatives. Included in the book is a section by Jillian Kinzie that focuses on measurement.
  • Postsecondary Quality Assurance
    3/14/2013

    Articles in Inside Higher Ed and Newsroom announce the proposal of British Columbia's government to implement a system of quality assurance enhancements to postsecondary education which will encourage a culture of improvement in assessment practices.

  • 3/13/2013Jonathan Rees in Inside Higher Ed writer Jonathan Rees in Inside Higher Ed by Jonathan Rees in Inside Higher Ed published by Jonathan Rees in Inside Higher Ed
    With the invention of MOOCs, instructors have to rely on peer grading, but this author wonders if the process is truly beneficial for students.
  • 3/12/2013
    Peer Review (Volume 14, Number 4) details how changes to the MCAT will focus on more broad integrative learning outcomes than specific course requirements.
  • 3/11/2013Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Competency-based education is growing in many states and increasingly focusing on addressing mastery of learning as opposed to seat time through assessing learning by direct assessment.
  • 3/8/2013Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed writer Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed by Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed published by Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed
    An unexpected consequence of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, is that faculty members adapting their courses for an online format have begun to pay more attention to their teaching methods.
  • 3/7/2013Karin Fischer in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Karin Fischer in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Karin Fischer in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Karin Fischer in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The results from a survey of employers found that employers value degrees, but are interested in students who are capable of translating and applying academic knowledge to real world settings.
  • 3/6/2013Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    A new study has found that standardized high school tests can be good predictors of student success at community colleges, but the study also identified an achievement gap that prompts the need to better understand the path between high school and community college.
  • 3/5/2013Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed published by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed
    The College Board is planning to redesign the SAT in an effort to better prepare students to make a meaningful transition into postsecondary education by focusing on a core set of knowledge and skills essential to college success.
  • 3/4/2013Maryellen Weimer writer Maryellen Weimer by Maryellen Weimer published by Maryellen Weimer
    Faculty members recognize that reforming teaching and learning to effectively engage students has become increasingly important, but difficulties arise in implementing the changes.
  • 3/1/2013
    The Graduate Management Admission Council announced a new mechanism to test the 'soft skills' of students looking to develop their strengths and improve weaknesses when applying to jobs.
  • 2/28/2013
    The 2013 Assessment Institute is currently accepting proposals for conference sessions. Please submit your proposals no later than March 29, 2013.
  • 2/27/2013Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed writer Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed by Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed published by Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed
    Florida International University introduced a new global learning requirement that will give faculty an assessment matrix to evaluate students' global learning engagement and awareness.
  • 2/26/2013James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    In Part 2 of this series, the author explores how some students are highly successful at transferring applied learning from one class to another.

  • 2/22/2013
    Find out what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • Plans for Accreditation
    2/22/2013

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed examine the possibility of an alternative system of accreditation that would include quality and value of education, as defined through student outcomes, as criteria for receiving federal student aid. 

  • New Issue of Assessment Update is Available Now
    2/21/2013
    The latest issue of Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for January/February 2013 is now available. Articles in this issue include Kristin Janke, Katherine Kelley, and Suzanne Solimann's "The Power of Many: Building Capacity for Assessment Through Cross Institutional Collaboration," Peter Ewell's "From the States," Tracey Anderson's "Building a Culture of Assessment in the Arts and Sciences," and Kevin Possin's "A Fatal Flaw in the Collegiate Learning Assessment Test."
  • 2/20/2013
    A number of Canadian academic libraries have become increasingly engaged in assessment of student learning and have launched a project that will measure information literary skills among students.
  • 2/19/2013

    Articles in Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle discuss the College Scorecard which was developed to help students and their families compare institutions by costs, graduation rates, and average loan debt.  Lacking from the Scorecard is information on learning outcomes or student success.

  • 2/18/2013Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Linn State Technical College is measuring students' job readiness and adding scores to their transcripts in hopes of offering employers a prediction of job performance.
  • 2/14/2013Peter Monaghan in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Peter Monaghan in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Peter Monaghan in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Peter Monaghan in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    George Kuh, awarded the 2013 Robert Zemsky Medal for Innovation in Higher Education, discusses his research with measuring student engagement and how institutions can use assessment data to develop practices that have a higher impact on learning.
  • 2/13/2013

    The Association of Governing Boards published the second edition of Making the Grade: How Boards Can Ensure Academic Quality by Peter Ewell which focuses on effective quality assessment.

  • 2/12/2013
    CHEA announced the 2013 winners of the Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes.
  • 2/11/2013

    Articles in Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle highlight the results of a survey by the Lumina Foundation which found the majority of Americans still value higher education, but have doubts about its quality.

  • 2/7/2013David Maxwell in Inside Higher Ed writer David Maxwell in Inside Higher Ed by David Maxwell in Inside Higher Ed published by David Maxwell in Inside Higher Ed
    The higher education community is currently facing challenges from critics to effectively articulate the purpose and value of higher education. This author suggests a few starting points to shape the conversation.
  • 2/7/2013Rosanna Tamburri writer Rosanna Tamburri by Rosanna Tamburri published by Rosanna Tamburri
    A number of Canadian universities are now developing measures to assess student learning, but concerns remain among faculty members.
  • 2/6/2013Stephen L. Benton and William H. Pallett in Inside Higher Ed writer Stephen L. Benton and William H. Pallett in Inside Higher Ed by Stephen L. Benton and William H. Pallett in Inside Higher Ed published by Stephen L. Benton and William H. Pallett in Inside Higher Ed
    Data from the IDEA Center recognizes the importance of small class sizes for student learning, however, they found productive student work habits along with motivation can be more important predictors of student achievement than class size.
  • 2/6/2013Amy Laitinen in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Amy Laitinen in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Amy Laitinen in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Amy Laitinen in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The Carnegie Foundation's effort to rethink its credit hour unit has this author contemplating how to measure student learning and if the Degree Qualifications Profile can be a suitable framework.
  • 2/4/2013Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed published by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed
    Inside Higher Ed shares the findings of their 2013 survey of university and college provosts which includes self-evaluations of using data to identify and assess student outcomes.
  • 1/31/2013Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed writer Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed published by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed
    Arizona State University is utilizing new software in classrooms aimed at giving instructors real-time information on how well their students understand material.
  • 1/30/2013Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A new report analyzes the effectiveness of senior capstone projects on students' ability to integrate knowledge across courses and disciplines.
  • 1/29/2013
    A new study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) recommends colleges and universities implement institutional information literacy strategies to help students develop the ability to locate, evaluate and accurately utilize complex information.
  • 1/29/2013

    Articles in The Chronicle of Higher Ed and Inside Higher Ed highlight the release of NILOA’s DQP Occasional Paper by Peter Ewell.

  • 1/29/2013James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    New research is focusing on the difficulty students experience transferring applied learning from one class to another.
  • 1/22/2013
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 1/15/2013Inside Higher Ed writer Inside Higher Ed by Inside Higher Ed published by Inside Higher Ed
    The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) this week announced that it is now partnering with colleges to directly award college credit based on its LearningCounts prior learning assessments, which measure learning gained outside of the traditional classroom.
  • Lumina Foundation Adopts New Tactics to Reach College-Completion Goal
    1/11/2013Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Articles in Inside Higher Education and The Chronicle highlight the Lumina Foundation’s goal of increasing the number of college graduates to 60% by 2025 by shifting the foundation’s focus to a student-centric view, rather than an institutional or issue-based focus.

  • University of New Haven (CT) is seeking a Director of Academic Assessment
    1/11/2013

    The University of New Haven (CT) is seeking a Director of Academic Assessment.  The Director reports to the Associate Provost and assists the Universitys Assessment Committee.  The position involves providing training to faculty to assist with development of learning outcomes; contributing to collection and analysis of assessment data; and contributing to ongoing efforts using surveys, e-portfolios, and program evaluation.  Experience with assessment of LEAP-inspired general education, experiential education, and with agency assessment requirements is a plus.  For more information, click here.

  • 1/10/2013Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed writer Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed by Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed published by Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed
    A newly released book based on a qualitative study of 55 faculty members suggests that faculty members constantly think about how to be more effective teachers.
  • 1/8/2013Alexandra Tilsley in Inside Higher Ed writer Alexandra Tilsley in Inside Higher Ed by Alexandra Tilsley in Inside Higher Ed published by Alexandra Tilsley in Inside Higher Ed
    Rob Miller of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed software enabling rapid grading of assignments which allows for prompt student feedback.
  • 1/4/2013

    The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth invites applications for the open position of Director of Learning Assessment.  Requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree and formal training in survey design and qualitative research.  For more information about the position and how to apply, please click here.

  • 1/2/2013Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed published by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed
    While many institutions are measuring the value added of a college degree, new research suggests that student motivation on such tests is a clear predictor of student performance.
  • New Issue of Assessment Update Now Available
    1/1/2013
    The latest issue of Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for November/December 2012 is now available. Articles in this issue include Barbara June Rodriguezs Accreditation and Assessment: The Root of My Teaching Metamorphosis, Keston H. Fulcher and Bozhidar Bashkovs Do We Practice What We Preach? The Accountability of an Assessment Office, Jeremy Penns Assessing Assessment: Strategies for Providing Feedback on Assessment Practices, Kevin Schoepps Lessons Learned: Building a Sustainable Assessment Program in the United Arab Emirates, and Daniel Domins Assessment Carols.
  • 1/1/2013Mary Bart in Faculty Focus writer Mary Bart in Faculty Focus by Mary Bart in Faculty Focus published by Mary Bart in Faculty Focus
    Based on the number of reader comments, social shares, and other factors, Faculty Focus has highlighted 12 of its 250 published articles related to teaching and learning that stood out in 2012
  • 12/21/2012Pail Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Pail Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Pail Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Pail Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Despite little national consensus on what constitutes college-readiness, many are calling for the use of more creative placement processes beyond tests.
  • 12/20/2012

    Open position: Director of Assessment for the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Position entails coordinating accreditation activities, program review, fostering a culture of assessment, and analysis of data. The director provides leadership and oversight of assessment activities for the purposes of program development and evaluation, accreditation, and institutional effectiveness. For additional information see this job posting

  • 12/19/2012
    The American Historical Association is defining learning expectations through a Tuning Project focused on outlining a set of skills and habits of mind that college-educated students should have in relation to history.
  • 12/17/2012Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed writer Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed by Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed published by Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed
    University of Minnesota will begin using qualitative models in addition to traditional quantitative models to assess doctoral education.
  • 12/13/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Complete College America on Wednesday reiterated its urgent call for reforming remedial education, arguing that incremental fixes wont be enough.
  • 12/13/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College will begin issuing workplace readiness certificates alongside conventional credentials.
  • 12/12/2012
    The Center for Measuring College Behaviors and Academics at Indiana State University has just issued its latest report of results measuring 7 critical domains of student behavior.
  • 12/6/2012

    Articles in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed, announced the intent of the Carnegie Foundation to study the possible redesign of the Carnegie Unit. A likely alternative is to base a standardized unit on some measure of competency instead of time spent in class.

  • 12/5/2012Maryellen Weimer in Faculty Focus writer Maryellen Weimer in Faculty Focus by Maryellen Weimer in Faculty Focus published by Maryellen Weimer in Faculty Focus
    Author argues that course assignments should be constructed in such a way that students are able to showcase their learning in meaningful ways for both the student and the faculty who are left to grade the work.
  • 12/4/2012Mark Salisbury in Inside Higher Ed writer Mark Salisbury in Inside Higher Ed by Mark Salisbury in Inside Higher Ed published by Mark Salisbury in Inside Higher Ed
    As institutions continue to engage in assessment of student learning, finding means to connect learning outcomes assessment with current faculty and staff everyday work practices becomes increasingly necessary.
  • 12/3/2012
    The American Federation of Teachers is proposing a national exam that all new teachers -- whether prepared by teacher education or other programs -- would have to take to be certified.
  • 12/3/2012
    Volume 11, Issue 3 of The Toolbox is now available, entitled Put That in Writing: Helping Students Improve Writing Skills.
  • 11/30/2012Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed writer Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed published by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed
    Students assessment of campus libraries finds that while some use the library only for a quiet place to study, many still appreciate the availability of print materials to aid their research.
  • 11/29/2012Dan Berrett in The Chronicle writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle
    David C. Paris will step down as executive director of the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability and assume a newly created position, vice president for integrative liberal learning and the global commons, at the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
  • 11/29/2012
    Wisconsin System announces its new competency-based degree offerings which incorporates not just self-paced coursework but knowledge gained through experiences such as military and on-the-job training.
  • 11/28/2012Maryellen Weimer in Faculty Focus writer Maryellen Weimer in Faculty Focus by Maryellen Weimer in Faculty Focus published by Maryellen Weimer in Faculty Focus
    Citing evidence, the author highlights the different perspectives students and faculty have when deciphering course evaluations.
  • 11/20/2012
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 11/19/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Member institutions of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) are increasingly engaging with assigning students credit for prior learning.
  • 11/19/2012Mark Salisbury in The Chronicle writer Mark Salisbury in The Chronicle by Mark Salisbury in The Chronicle published by Mark Salisbury in The Chronicle
    Author argues that institutions must rethink ways to achieve the desired outcomes of studying abroad for students who do not travel abroad.
  • 11/19/2012
    Peer Review (Volume 14, Number 3) focuses on how faculty are using high-impact educational practices in individual classrooms across an array of disciplines.
  • 11/19/2012
    The Winter 2012 issue of Research & Practice in Assessment is now available for download and provides several articles of interest to assessment practitioners and scholars.
  • 11/15/2012

    The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed point to a study concluding that when considering all of the paths to, and through, college, U.S. completion rates jump from 42 percent up to 54 percent.

  • 11/15/2012Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Additional measures of student learning beyond grades are needed in order to document deep learning.
  • 11/14/2012Steve Kolowich writer Steve Kolowich by Steve Kolowich published by Steve Kolowich
    Rigorous assessment of student learning in MOOCs may alleviate concerns about educational quality and answer questions about reducing the per-student cost of teaching them.
  • 11/12/2012Cheryl Irish and Monica Scrubb in Faculty Focus writer Cheryl Irish and Monica Scrubb in Faculty Focus by Cheryl Irish and Monica Scrubb in Faculty Focus published by Cheryl Irish and Monica Scrubb in Faculty Focus
    Culturally competent teaching and learning facilitates critical reflection, demands respect for others, involves accommodating individual learners, requires the use of intercultural communication skills, and requires focused activities and intentionally structured environments.
  • 11/12/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Prior-learning assessment is gaining momentum as more states and public colleges, with help from foundations, examine ways to grant credit for a variety of experiences.
  • 11/5/2012
    Director of Assessment, Institutional Effectiveness, and Compliance at Mansfield University
  • 11/1/2012Maryellen Weimer in Faculty Focus writer Maryellen Weimer in Faculty Focus by Maryellen Weimer in Faculty Focus published by Maryellen Weimer in Faculty Focus
    Drawing students attention to the learning process can deepen the learning experience.
  • 10/24/2012Carol Geary Schneider writer Carol Geary Schneider by Carol Geary Schneider published by Carol Geary Schneider
    Wage studies that analyze which majors correlate with higher earnings ignore other parts of the job-success equation.
  • 10/22/2012

    Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle reference a recent report suggesting that comparing institutional outcomes requires consideration of a variety of student background information.

  • 10/22/2012Inside Higher Ed writer Inside Higher Ed by Inside Higher Ed published by Inside Higher Ed
    A recent study suggests there is little difference in the learning of students in online or in-person introductory science courses.
  • 10/17/2012Alisha Azevedo in The Chronicle writer Alisha Azevedo in The Chronicle by Alisha Azevedo in The Chronicle published by Alisha Azevedo in The Chronicle
    Initial data suggests flipping the classroom may lead to higher test scores.
  • 10/15/2012Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Article argues that increasing the amount of writing in coursework and assessments will improve student outcomes overall and provide a better glimpse into student learning.
  • 10/15/2012Vicki Caruana in Faculty Focus writer Vicki Caruana in Faculty Focus by Vicki Caruana in Faculty Focus published by Vicki Caruana in Faculty Focus
    Article provides an impetus to include scaffolding opportunities for each major or key assignment in a course along with tips.
  • 10/15/2012
    Listen to a previously recorded Live Text-sponsored webinar by Mr. Ralph Wolff, President of WASC.
  • 10/15/2012
    The Association of College and Research Libraries is currently seeking applications, by 5pm Central on November 8, 2012, to fill four assessment related positions (one peer-to-peer instructional design expert and three curriculum designers/facilitators).
  • 10/11/2012New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability writer New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability by New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability published by New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability
    Assuring Quality is designed to be part of an institutions formative evaluation process with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • New Issue of Assessment Update Now Available
    10/11/2012
    The latest issue of Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for September/October 2012 is now available. Articles in this issue include Nagy Bengiamin and Christina Leimer's "SLO-Based Grading Makes Assessment an Integral Part of Teaching", Trudy Bantas "Editors Notes," Shannon Sexton's "Assessment Plans: A Tool for Sanity," Uche Ohia and Youssouf Diallo's "Lessons from Multiple Institutional Assessment Measures of Specific Student learning Outcomes and Satisfaction." In addition, columns on "Assessment Measures" by Gary Pike and "Community College Strategies" by Dianna Renz are included.
  • 10/11/2012Weimer, M. in Faculty Focus writer Weimer, M. in Faculty Focus by Weimer, M. in Faculty Focus published by Weimer, M. in Faculty Focus
    This article presents a meta analysis on how peer assessment keeps group members accountable for their work but may impede learning outcomes.
  • 10/9/2012

    Applications for CHEA’s Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes are due October 15th, 2012.  Download the Application here.

  • 10/9/2012

    NILOA conducted its first webinar in a series on assessment and the Degree Qualifications Profile on October 5th, 2012. Listen to it here.

  • 10/8/2012Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The authors argue that while student attitudes, values, ethical considerations, and habits of mind are difficult to measure, they play a vital role in student learning and should be considered.
  • 10/4/2012
    The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities have committed to increasing the number of baccalaureate degrees by 2025.
  • 10/2/2012Kezar, A., Albertine, S., & Maxey, D. writer Kezar, A., Albertine, S., & Maxey, D. by Kezar, A., Albertine, S., & Maxey, D. published by Kezar, A., Albertine, S., & Maxey, D.
    Research indicates that the underutilization of high-impact practices by non-tenure-track faculty lead to adverse effects on student learning.
  • 10/1/2012Boyd, M. J., Kawashima-Ginsberg, K., Zaff, J., & Levine, P. writer Boyd, M. J., Kawashima-Ginsberg, K., Zaff, J., & Levine, P. by Boyd, M. J., Kawashima-Ginsberg, K., Zaff, J., & Levine, P. published by Boyd, M. J., Kawashima-Ginsberg, K., Zaff, J., & Levine, P.
    Article highlights Tufts Universitys longitudinal study assessing the impact of continued student engagement in civic activities at Tufts and beyond.
  • 10/1/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Education writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Education by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Education published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Education
    Southern New Hampshires growing online environment will break new ground as they seek to assess students competencies without direct connection to credit hours.
  • Register for NILOA's First Webinar
    9/25/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA

    Please register for Assessment and the Degree Qualifications Profile on Oct 5, 2012 12:00 PM CDT at: 

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6449699269888819200

    This webinar is the first in a series on assessment within the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). The webinar will provide a brief overview of assessment resources and institutional activity as it relates to the DQP.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • 9/24/2012Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed
    Highlighting how vital data tracking is to quality assessment, this article argues for better federal and state methods for gathering and making student data available for accountability and to aid institutional improvement purposes.
  • 9/19/2012Alison Moodie in University World News writer Alison Moodie in University World News by Alison Moodie in University World News published by Alison Moodie in University World News
    As assessment efforts and accountability concerns expand internationally, the Council for Higher Education and Accreditation (CHEA) launched an international division to promote and facilitate dialogue between colleges and various organizations around the world regarding quality assurance.
  • 9/19/2012Jennifer Gonzlez in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jennifer Gonzlez in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jennifer Gonzlez in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jennifer Gonzlez in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    To ensure that students are ready for college and beyond, this article explores how high schools are incorporating college and career readiness standards into exit exams.
  • 9/19/2012Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Responding to the increasing focus on student outcomes, Ashford University reduces its admissions staff to shift resources to ensure students academic success.
  • 9/18/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 9/17/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Report proposes a "learning exchange" to make the transition from associates degree to bachelors degree more efficient.
  • New International Quality Assurance Group
    9/17/2012

    Articles from Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle introduce the CHEA International Quality Group as a new forum for issues of international accreditation and quality assurance.

  • 9/10/2012Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Article proposing, among other things, a means by which student learning in MOOCs may be assessed.
  • 9/10/2012Edward Burger in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Edward Burger in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Edward Burger in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Edward Burger in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article gives examples of how different professors experimented with their teaching approach to enhance student learning.
  • edX Offers Proctored Exams Through Pearson's Testing Centers
    9/10/2012

    These articles from Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education explain how MOOC provider edX partnered with Pearson's testing centers to allow participating students to take proctored exams.

  • 9/5/2012

    The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed highlight a new report, which argues that the credit hour is an inadequate measure of student learning. 

  • 9/4/2012Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Study found 88 percent of physics faculty knew about "research-based instructional strategies" and 82 percent had tried these strategies. The article explains, however, that sustaining these practices proved difficult.
  • 9/4/2012Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed published by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed
    The City Colleges of Chicago American Federation of Teachers chapter voted to accept a contract which bases bonuses on eight metrics on student outcomes.
  • 8/31/2012Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    According to a survey of adjunct faculty, hiring practices and few instructional resources are barriers to effective teaching.
  • 8/30/2012Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed writer Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed published by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed
    This article illustrates the challenges of peer-grading in a MOOC setting.
  • 8/29/2012Ashely Finley from The Teagle Foundation writer Ashely Finley from The Teagle Foundation by Ashely Finley from The Teagle Foundation published by Ashely Finley from The Teagle Foundation

    Describes discussions from The Teagle Foundation's, "What Works and What Matters in Student Learning" convening. Other reports can be found on The Teagle Foundation's website which include the topics: Presidential and Board Leadership in Student Learning, Teaching and Learning Centers, and Research Universities and Student Learning.

  • 8/28/2012Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed writer Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed by Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed published by Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed
    The National Technical Institute for the Deaf believes a unique database can give Congress an idea of what value its credentials add.
  • 8/24/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    In responding to a need to serve more adult learners, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is expanding their prior learning assessment through a partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.
  • 8/24/2012Mark Salisbury in Inside Higher Ed writer Mark Salisbury in Inside Higher Ed by Mark Salisbury in Inside Higher Ed published by Mark Salisbury in Inside Higher Ed
    Mark Salisbury has a new blog entitled, "Delicious Ambiguity" which will explore topics in institutional research and assessment.
  • 8/24/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 8/21/2012Edward Burger writer Edward Burger by Edward Burger published by Edward Burger
    This article examines how student failure can be used as a tool to assess student learning.
  • 8/15/2012Association of American Colleges & Universities writer Association of American Colleges & Universities by Association of American Colleges & Universities published by Association of American Colleges & Universities
    Eastern Connecticut State University is featured for its work with applied learning in its Liberal Arts program.
  • Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Assessment and Measurement Open at James Madison University
    8/15/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA

    The Center for Assessment and Research Studies and Department of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in Assessment and Measurement. Requirements for the positions include a doctorate in a relevant field, credentials, and a scholarship record commensurate with rank, and effective organizational and communication skills. For more information about this position and how to apply, please click here.

  • 8/10/2012Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Assessment of applied learning in medical schools is the focus of this article.
  • 8/9/2012Angela Chen in The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Angela Chen in The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Angela Chen in The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Angela Chen in The Chronicle of Higher Ed
    A brief overview of a new service by Seelio which provides employers a place to view online portfolios of potential graduates.
  • 8/9/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Adult students from Marylhurst University voice their perspectives regarding the awarding of credit for prior learning.
  • 8/9/2012Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    The effect of the currently large use of contingent faculty, or adjuncts, on student learning is a focus of a report titled "Report on the Project Working Meeting" by the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success.  

  • 8/7/2012Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    A report titled "Where to Begin? The Evolving Role of Placement Exams for Students Starting College" by Jobs for the Future examined the use and effectiveness of placement tests in higher education. Instead of placement tests, some states are creating homegrown assessments of college readiness.

  • 8/7/2012Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    UCLA's use of capstones, along with its strengths and challenges, are of focus in this article.
  • 8/7/2012Andrew P. Kelly and Mark Schneider in Inside Higher Ed writer Andrew P. Kelly and Mark Schneider in Inside Higher Ed by Andrew P. Kelly and Mark Schneider in Inside Higher Ed published by Andrew P. Kelly and Mark Schneider in Inside Higher Ed
    In an effort to increase transparency, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) recently announced that they would make its accreditation reports public.
  • 8/6/2012Eric Hoover in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Eric Hoover in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Eric Hoover in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Eric Hoover in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    ACT's newest assessment system "will assess skills and knowledge associated with success in college and careers, starting with basic reading and mathematical ability, and then progressing to higher-level skills, track students academic progress and professional goals, and include measurements of 'academic behavioral skills,' such as teamwork and motivation."
  • 8/6/2012Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Arizona State University and Austin Peay University's use of data mining, or predicting grades of students before they enter the classroom, is the focus of a recent article.
  • 8/1/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    A template, developed by WASC, used to track the retention and graduation of adult students is just one attempt to document student success of the adult learner population.
  • 7/31/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 7/12/2012Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed writer Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed published by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed
    Northern Arizona University, in conjunction with Pearson, is the latest higher education institution to adopt a competency-based model to offer degrees in business administration, computer information technology and liberal studies which includes an assessment of prior learning.
  • 7/12/2012Elise Young in Inside Higher Ed writer Elise Young in Inside Higher Ed by Elise Young in Inside Higher Ed published by Elise Young in Inside Higher Ed

    A report from the National Research Council titled "Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century" recommends a "deeper learning" approach to teaching students which includes three types of skill groups - cognitive, intrapersonal, interpersonal.

  • 7/12/2012Ashley Finley for the Association of American Colleges & Universities writer Ashley Finley for the Association of American Colleges & Universities by Ashley Finley for the Association of American Colleges & Universities published by Ashley Finley for the Association of American Colleges & Universities
    According to the website, this report "presents comparative data on achievement over time across an array of liberal education outcomessuch as critical thinking, writing, civic engagement, global competence, and social responsibility...[and] highlights new approaches to advancing meaningful assessment with effective pathways for learning and student success."
  • 7/9/2012Elise Young in Inside Higher Ed writer Elise Young in Inside Higher Ed by Elise Young in Inside Higher Ed published by Elise Young in Inside Higher Ed
    The University of Wisconsin system's decision to offer competency-based or flexible degrees, without the assistance of Western Governors University, is of focus in this article.
  • 7/5/2012Association of American Colleges & Universities writer Association of American Colleges & Universities by Association of American Colleges & Universities published by Association of American Colleges & Universities
    The use of assessment in "liberally educated" professional programs is highlighted in this issue.
  • 7/5/2012Virginia Assessment Group writer Virginia Assessment Group by Virginia Assessment Group published by Virginia Assessment Group
    The newest issue of Research & Practice in Assessment has now been released. Some of the articles include: "For Tests that are Predictively Powerful and Without Social Prejudice" by Joseph A. Soares; "Growing Up with No Child Left Behind: An Initial Assessment of the Understanding of College Students' Knowledge of Accountability Testing" by Anna Zilberberg, Robin D. Anderson, Peter J. Swerdzewski, Sara J. Finney; and a Note In Brief "Finding the Right Fit: Choosing an Assessment Conference" by Carrie L. Zelna and Stephany B. Dunstan.
  • 7/3/2012Eric Hoover in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Eric Hoover in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Eric Hoover in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Eric Hoover in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A K through 12 assessment system of student readiness developed by ACT and aligned with the Common Core Standards is the focus of this article.
  • 7/3/2012Inside Higher Ed writer Inside Higher Ed by Inside Higher Ed published by Inside Higher Ed

    Competency-based degree programs and student assessments are of focus in the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning's latest report, Competency-Based Degree Programs in the U.S.: Postsecondary Credentials for Measurable Student Learning and Performance.

  • 7/2/2012Josipa Roksa for The Council of Independent Colleges writer Josipa Roksa for The Council of Independent Colleges by Josipa Roksa for The Council of Independent Colleges published by Josipa Roksa for The Council of Independent Colleges

    The Council of Independent Colleges' (CIC) latest report, An Analysis of Learning Outcomes of Underrepresented Students at Urban Institutions, has just been released. Findings of learning outcomes, as measured by the Collegiate Learning Assessment, of students at 19 urban and non-urban CIC institutions are examined.

  • 7/2/2012Institute for Higher Education Policy writer Institute for Higher Education Policy by Institute for Higher Education Policy published by Institute for Higher Education Policy

    The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) recently released its report, A New Classification Scheme for For-Profit Institutions, which outlines a three-level classification framework - market-level, institutional-level and individual-level - to describe for-profit institutions.

  • New Issue of Assessment Update Now Available
    7/2/2012

    The latest issue of Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for May/June 2012 is now available. Articles in this issue include Trudy Banta's "Collective Assessment and DQP Follow-Up," Gregory Burton's "A 'Wisdom of Crowds' Approach to Outcomes Assessment," and Marilee Bresciani's "Adding Humor to the Position Descriptions of Assessment Coordinators." In addition, articles involving assessment within community colleges, internship programs, and data management systems are included.

  • 6/26/2012Angela Chen in The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Angela Chen in The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Angela Chen in The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Angela Chen in The Chronicle of Higher Ed
    This article focuses on University of Wisconsin's "flexible degree" online program, allowing students to test out of units supported through its use of a competency-based model.
  • 6/25/2012Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Peer learning used at Peer 2 Peer University, a three year old online institution, is the focus of this article.
  • 6/25/2012Madeleine F. Green for NAFSA writer Madeleine F. Green for NAFSA by Madeleine F. Green for NAFSA published by Madeleine F. Green for NAFSA

    A new publication from NAFSA: Association of International Educators titled "Measuring and Assessing Internationalization" by Madeleine F. Green which examines the performance of institutions and student learning outcomes through two different frameworks is now available.

  • 6/25/2012Ben Pokross in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Ben Pokross in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Ben Pokross in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Ben Pokross in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The goal of a new plan titled the "State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement," established through a partnership between the Presidents Forum and the Council of State Governments, is "to streamline the procedures required to offer classes in multiple states" and create a sustainable governance model.
  • 6/21/2012The Chronicle of Higher Education writer The Chronicle of Higher Education by The Chronicle of Higher Education published by The Chronicle of Higher Education

    The Institute for a Competitive Workforce recently released its report, "Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card Public Postsecondary Education" which measures states' student access and success, efficiency and cost effectiveness, meeting labor market demand, transparency and accountability, policy environment, and innovation of its postsecondary institutions. Recommendations are also offered.

  • 6/21/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    This article looks at the possibility of granting course credit for MOOCs (massive open online courses) through the use of prior learning portfolios.
  • 6/21/2012Randall Stross in The New York Times writer Randall Stross in The New York Times by Randall Stross in The New York Times published by Randall Stross in The New York Times
    A competition to develop algorithms that effectively predict scores of student essays is of focus in this article.
  • 6/14/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 6/13/2012Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Virginia Tech Geography Professor John Boyer, describes how he uses assessment to demonstrate learning in his large classes.
  • 6/13/2012Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The experiences of students around the world using open courseware (such as MITx, Yale University and Stanford University) are chronicled.
  • 6/13/2012Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Designing online courses are the focus of this article.
  • 6/12/2012Jay Conison in Inside Higher Ed writer Jay Conison in Inside Higher Ed by Jay Conison in Inside Higher Ed published by Jay Conison in Inside Higher Ed
    In this essay, the author questions the value of LSATs in assessing a student's success in law school.
  • 6/12/2012William G. Durden in Inside Higher Ed writer William G. Durden in Inside Higher Ed by William G. Durden in Inside Higher Ed published by William G. Durden in Inside Higher Ed
    This essay offers a view of the current state of higher education in relation to MOOCs (massive open online courses), such as MITx, edX, or the Open Learning Initiative.
  • 6/12/2012Stacey Patton in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Stacey Patton in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Stacey Patton in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Stacey Patton in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article describes the use of social networks (i.e., Google +, LinkedIn, Facebook) in an effort to track student outcomes.
  • 6/11/2012Jennifer Howard in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jennifer Howard in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jennifer Howard in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jennifer Howard in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) released a report, "Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate" which stresses the value of academic libraries and their importance in assessment work on campus. Five recommendations for libraries are offered.

  • Teagle Foundation's What Works and What Matters in Student Learning Conference
    6/11/2012Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed

    Highlights of Teagle Foundation's recent conference, "What Works and What Matters in Student Learning?," are provided in both The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

  • 6/11/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed

    An article on barriers to quality competency-based education in higher education. A white paper, "A 'Disruptive' Look at Competency-Based Education: How the Innovative Use of Technology Will Transform the College Experience," is also available from the Center for American Progress.

  • 6/8/2012Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A brief article on the rise of awarding certificates in higher education.
  • 6/8/2012National Career Development Association writer National Career Development Association by National Career Development Association published by National Career Development Association

    This newest monograph, "Learning Outcomes Assessment Step-by-Step: Enhancing Evidence-Based Practice in Career Services," by Julia Panke Makela and Gail S. Rooney, examine learning outcomes assessments in career services offices. Examples of practical strategies are offered.

  • 6/8/2012Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed writer Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed by Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed published by Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed

    The latest report of the National Task Force on Institutional Accreditation, "Assuring Academic Quality in the 21st Century: Self-Regulation in a New Era," outlines its six recommendations to universities and regional accreditors in order to improve quality and transparency in higher education. Articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed provide highlights of the report in addition to quotes from a few of the task force members.

  • 6/4/2012Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed writer Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed published by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed
    Studies of research skills of undergraduate students are the focus of this article.
  • 6/4/2012James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    An article on using cognitive disfluency in the classroom to enhance student learning.
  • 5/30/2012Ryan Cordell in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Ryan Cordell in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Ryan Cordell in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Ryan Cordell in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This brief article highlights some revisions the author plans to make in future courses as a result of student evaluations.
  • 5/29/2012Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Allowing students to earn academic credit learned during their apprenticeship experiences through a national network of colleges is one of the newest efforts of the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education in helping reach President Obama's 2020 college completion goal.
  • 5/29/2012Michelle Asha Cooper in National Journal writer Michelle Asha Cooper in National Journal by Michelle Asha Cooper in National Journal published by Michelle Asha Cooper in National Journal
    Cooper's commentary voices her support for more transparency from colleges and universities to show the labor-market outcomes of their students in order for potential students to make better decisions about which college degree to pursue/which college to attend.
  • 5/24/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    In an effort to meet the nation's college completion goals, higher education institutions are looking into statewide reverse transfer systems to give "credit when it's due."
  • 5/24/2012Ian Wilhelm in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Ian Wilhelm in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Ian Wilhelm in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Ian Wilhelm in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article describes Northern Arizona University's adoption by its faculty and administration to globalize its curriculum.
  • Study Shows Promise and Challenges of Hybrid Courses
    5/24/2012Katie Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed writer Katie Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed by Katie Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed published by Katie Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed

    In the recent report, Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence From Randomized Trials, the authors found no significant difference in learning outcomes when comparing traditional and hybrid courses. Coverage of this report can be found in both The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

  • 5/21/2012Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed writer Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed by Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed published by Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed
    This article describes one professor's use of "gamification" in the classroom to enhance student learning.
  • 5/21/2012The Chronicle of Higher Education writer The Chronicle of Higher Education by The Chronicle of Higher Education published by The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The Texas A&M System dashboard features data on graduation rates, faculty workloads, and student debt, among others is now available.
  • 5/18/2012Ellen Hazelkorn in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Ellen Hazelkorn in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Ellen Hazelkorn in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Ellen Hazelkorn in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    This article discusses the results of the U21 Ranking of National Higher Education System, a benchmarking tool used to to assess the quality, impact, and benefit of higher education systems in forty-eight countries in four categories: resources, output, connectivity, and environment. 

  • National Research Council Report on Institutional Quality Released
    5/18/2012Paul Basken in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Basken in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Basken in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Basken in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed

    A report recently released by the National Research Council titled, "Improving Measurement of Productivity in Higher Education," discusses various ways to measure institutional quality and college productivity. Articles in both The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed provide coverage.

  • 5/16/2012Robert Talbert in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Robert Talbert in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Robert Talbert in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Robert Talbert in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Talbert's innovative approach to using both formative and summative assessments in the classroom is the focus of this article.
  • 5/15/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 5/14/2012John Morgan for Times Higher Education writer John Morgan for Times Higher Education by John Morgan for Times Higher Education published by John Morgan for Times Higher Education
    The quality of English universities will be reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency, as proposed by The Higher Education Funding Council for England, in 2013-2014.
  • 5/14/2012Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed writer Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed published by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed
    A podcast on the recent development of edX, a partnership between Harvard University and MIT to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
  • 5/14/2012Association of American Colleges & Universities writer Association of American Colleges & Universities by Association of American Colleges & Universities published by Association of American Colleges & Universities

    A new report titled, "Linking Diversity and Civic-Minded Practices with Student Outcomes: New Evidence from National Surveys," by Sylvia Hurtado and Linda DeAngelo discusses how diverse, civic-minded learning environments can contribute to positive student outcomes.

  • 5/11/2012Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Clemson's new requirement of emphasizing critical thinking skills during a student's sophomore year is the focus of this article.
  • 5/11/2012Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Recognizing the importance of the ollege credit in today's world, the Saylor Foundation has teamed up with StraighterLine to offer course credit in addition to certificates of completion.
  • 5/11/2012Robert C. Pianta in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Robert C. Pianta in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Robert C. Pianta in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Robert C. Pianta in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A commentary on assessing student learning and "value-added" scores in the revamping process of teacher-preparation programs.
  • A response to No College Left Behind
    5/9/2012W. Robert Connor writer W. Robert Connor by W. Robert Connor published by W. Robert Connor

    W. Robert Connor responds to a recent commentary on accountability in higher education in The Washington Post. He writes:

    This piece is appropriate to an election day since it is higher education's equivalent of a "wedge issue", something that divides a constituency that might otherwise be uniting for constructive change. By caricaturing CLA, and waving the red flag of "standardized test"  against it, and raising fears that to use it is a step towards No Child Left Behind, and in the gratuitous swipe at Academically Adrift , this article tends to split those who have found CLA one useful means of focusing on improving student learning,dividing them from those who find other measures work better for them, for one reason or another.

    People who have participated in CLA in the Classroom and the CLA Academies have really benefited, they tell me   -- something totally overlooked here. 

    In an ideal world cross institutional comparisons would be combined with other measures of student achievement to get a fuller picture of what is happening in an institution, how it compares to its peers, and where to focus efforts to improve.  

    Think of the things that have emerged from the multiple-measuires approach used in the Wabash National Study, with the follow ups from the Teagle Scholars. Blaich's measures do not include CLA, but yes, "standardized," tests are used. thereby allowing cross-institutional comparisons. And I have seen institutional benefits emerge as a result.

    So I cry FOUL.

  • 5/9/2012Daniel de Vise in The Washington Post writer Daniel de Vise in The Washington Post by Daniel de Vise in The Washington Post published by Daniel de Vise in The Washington Post
    Robert J. Sternberg writes a brief commentary in The Washington Post on the use of standardized tests for accountability purposes in higher education.
  • 5/9/2012James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The author discusses a model from Dublin which awards faculty for their excellent work with fellowship positions. In these fellowship positions, they work as part of a research team which examine an aspect of teaching and learning on their campus in addition to their own research agenda.
  • 5/8/2012Joanna Chau in The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Joanna Chau in The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Joanna Chau in The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Joanna Chau in The Chronicle of Higher Ed
    This article discusses the use of internships to enhance student learning and also benefit the local community.
  • 5/8/2012Richard Kahlenberg in The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Richard Kahlenberg in The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Richard Kahlenberg in The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Richard Kahlenberg in The Chronicle of Higher Ed

    A commentary in response to the recently released AACC report, "Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future."

  • Prior learning assessment catches on, quietly
    5/8/2012Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed

    Read Inside Higher Ed's articles on the future of prior learning assessment. Part I provides background on the current efforts of using prior learning assessment primarily for adult learners. Part II explores the efforts in awarding credit for prior learning assessment for "college-level learning" by partnerships between corporate businesses (i.e., Walmart, Starbucks) and for-profit higher education institutions. 

  • 5/7/2012Jeffrey R. Young in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jeffrey R. Young in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jeffrey R. Young in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jeffrey R. Young in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This video link examines the use of data analytics to measure student learning.
  • Harvard University Latest to Join Open Course Initiatives
    5/7/2012Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed writer Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed by Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed published by Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed

    edX, a newly formed partnership between Harvard University and MIT and outgrowth of MITx, will now offer open online courses to more students. edX is featured in articles in both The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

  • Did Anyone Ask the Students?
    5/4/2012Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Split into two parts, this article presents conversations held with six students about what they value in a college education as well as what they see as the future of higher education. Part I and Part II are included here.

  • 5/4/2012Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed/Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed/Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed/Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed/Nick DeSantis in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    The challenges of customizing a student's learning in addition to other issues with the use of online learning platforms in college classrooms is the focus of a report titled, Barriers to Adoption of Online Learning Systems in U.S. Higher Education," authored by Lawrence S. Bacow and William G. Bowen. Articles in both IHE and The Chronicle provide coverage.

  • 5/4/2012The Chronicle of Higher Education writer The Chronicle of Higher Education by The Chronicle of Higher Education published by The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Pennsylvania is the first state to adopt AACC's Voluntary Framework of Accountability which will aid in the collection and reporting of student progress and success measures for its 14 community colleges .
  • 5/1/2012Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed
    This article describes Western Governors University's attempt to link student learning to assessments rather than the standard credit hour.
  • 5/1/2012David Jaffee in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer David Jaffee in The Chronicle of Higher Education by David Jaffee in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by David Jaffee in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    In this commentary, the author discusses the need for faculty members to emphasize to students to study for the sake of learning rather than for exams. In addition, the use of formative and summative assessment to assess students' learning is discussed.
  • 4/30/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 4/23/2012David Brooks in The New York Times writer David Brooks in The New York Times by David Brooks in The New York Times published by David Brooks in The New York Times

    An opinion piece discussing current measurements of student learning. A response to this article in The Chronicle of Higher Ed can be found here.

  • 4/20/2012Richard P. Keeling and Richard H. Hersh in Inside Higher Ed writer Richard P. Keeling and Richard H. Hersh in Inside Higher Ed by Richard P. Keeling and Richard H. Hersh in Inside Higher Ed published by Richard P. Keeling and Richard H. Hersh in Inside Higher Ed
    In this essay, the authors list four areas needed in higher education reform in order to strengthen its culture of teaching and learning.
  • 4/20/2012Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed writer Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed published by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed
    Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor are some of the latest institutions to offer open online courses similar to MITx's OpenCourse Ware Initiative.
  • 4/20/2012Hilary Pennington in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Hilary Pennington in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Hilary Pennington in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Hilary Pennington in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Ideas how to improve student success, while still maintaining quality, are the focus of this article.
  • 4/20/2012Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    At a recent education innovation conference in Arizona, conveners discussed the idea of using data mining to personalize a student's learning experience.
  • 4/17/2012Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed writer Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed by Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed published by Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed
    The uses and effectiveness of writing skills tests for students at both Old Dominion University and Hampden-Sydney College are discussed.
  • 4/16/2012Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article discusses a paper presented at the American Educational Research Association's Conference which looks at how academic motivation of students can affect their critical thinking.
  • 4/16/2012Ann Kirschner in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Ann Kirschner in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Ann Kirschner in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Ann Kirschner in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article from the Chronicle discusses change and higher education including the potential of competency-based credentials to impact student learning.
  • 4/16/2012Kaustuv Basu and Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed writer Kaustuv Basu and Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed by Kaustuv Basu and Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed published by Kaustuv Basu and Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed
    Contracts of part-time instructors at the City Colleges of Chicago now links their pay to student outcomes.
  • 4/13/2012Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A video from its President Brian Rosenberg on the value of a Macalester College education.
  • 4/13/2012Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This commentary discusses the future of badges in which "students will be able to customize learning goals within the larger curricular framework, integrate continuing peer and faculty feedback about their progress toward achieving those goals, and tailor the way badges and the metadata within them are displayed to the outside world."
  • Update on the Revamping of Teacher-Training Colleges
    4/13/2012Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Updates to the U.S. Department of Education's work on revamping teacher-training programs plan to require states to use reliable and valid measures of student learning to show the added value of these programs. Reported in articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

  • 4/10/2012Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) writer Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) by Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) published by Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)
    The Council of Graduate Schools begins a 3-year project at 5 institutions to help future faculty (current graduate students) with student learning outcomes assessment.
  • 4/9/2012Richard Perez-Pena in The New York Times writer Richard Perez-Pena in The New York Times by Richard Perez-Pena in The New York Times published by Richard Perez-Pena in The New York Times
    This article discusses assessments currently used in colleges and universities to help measure their value.
  • 4/6/2012Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Revamping teach-training programs to use reliable measures of student learning are of primary importance in the latest discussions about programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • 4/2/2012Association of American Colleges & Universities writer Association of American Colleges & Universities by Association of American Colleges & Universities published by Association of American Colleges & Universities

    "Assessing College Student Learning: Evaluating Alternative Models, Using Multiple Methods," by Robert J. Sternberg, Jeremy Penn, Christie Hawkins, and Sally Reed presents information about assessments plans and models in this publication. Institutional case studies are also provided.

  • 4/2/2012Ian Wilhelm in Inside Higher Ed writer Ian Wilhelm in Inside Higher Ed by Ian Wilhelm in Inside Higher Ed published by Ian Wilhelm in Inside Higher Ed
    A short article about the value added to a student's education through study abroad programs.
  • 4/2/2012Hunter R. Rawlings in Inside Higher Ed writer Hunter R. Rawlings in Inside Higher Ed by Hunter R. Rawlings in Inside Higher Ed published by Hunter R. Rawlings in Inside Higher Ed
    This article discusses the how research universities, despite their complexity and culture, change through the years but still need to pay attention to the quality of student learning.
  • 4/1/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 3/21/2012SpringerLink writer SpringerLink by SpringerLink published by SpringerLink

    A recent article titled, "The Learning Outcomes Race: The Value of Self-Report Gains in Large Research Universities," written by John Aubrey Douglass, Gregg Thomson, and Chun-Mei Zhao, focuses on the results obtained from the University of California’s Undergraduate Experience Survey (Student Experience in the Research University Survey: SERU-S). The authors conclude ". . . designed properly, student surveys offer a valuable and more nuanced alternative in understanding and identifying learning outcomes in the broad tapestry of higher education institutions." The article's full text can be downloaded here.

  • 3/21/2012Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed writer Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed published by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed
    This article describes a new aid in increasing course/degree completion - Degree Compass, software designed and used by Austin Peay State University, which is being used to predict future grades of students in courses before they even enroll in this course.
  • 3/21/2012Daniel de Vise in The Washington Post writer Daniel de Vise in The Washington Post by Daniel de Vise in The Washington Post published by Daniel de Vise in The Washington Post
    This articles provides thoughts of those at colleges and universities using the Collegiate Learning Assessment and its effect on the accountability movement.
  • 3/16/2012Faculty Focus writer Faculty Focus by Faculty Focus published by Faculty Focus
    A special report in Faculty Focus on assessing online learning.
  • 3/16/2012Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed writer Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed by Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed published by Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed
    As part of Indiana's performance based funding plan through the Indiana Higher Education Commission, Indiana's public colleges and universities are tasked with finding and using assessments to appropriately track their students learning.
  • 3/16/2012Jack Grove for Times Higher Education writer Jack Grove for Times Higher Education by Jack Grove for Times Higher Education published by Jack Grove for Times Higher Education
    This brief article discusses the successes and failures of the Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs) initiative which ran from 2005 to 2010 and was financed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
  • 3/12/2012Mary Grush in Campus Technology writer Mary Grush in Campus Technology by Mary Grush in Campus Technology published by Mary Grush in Campus Technology
    Michael Vieira discusses the "idea of developing digital artifacts and toolkits that support common learning outcomes" in this article.
  • 3/6/2012The Chronicle of Higher Education writer The Chronicle of Higher Education by The Chronicle of Higher Education published by The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This special report contains articles discussing college completion data and how their use affects higher education institutions.
  • New Issue of Assessment Update Now Available
    3/6/2012

    The latest issue of Assessment UPdate: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for January/February 2012 is now available. Two feature articles of special interest are "Getting SMART with Assessment: ACTION Steps to Institutional Effectiveness," written by Eric Daffron & Sandra Jordan and "Expectations for Assessment Reports: A Descriptive Analysis," written by Keston Fulcher, Matthew Swain, and Chris Orem. In addition, Trudy Banta and Gary Pike offer thoughts on assessment in the field. 

  • 3/5/2012Judith Ramaley in The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Judith Ramaley in The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Judith Ramaley in The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Judith Ramaley in The Chronicle of Higher Ed
    Seven scholars in higher education discuss the relationship between "quality" and college completion rates.
  • 3/2/2012Nick DeSantis in Inside Higher Ed writer Nick DeSantis in Inside Higher Ed by Nick DeSantis in Inside Higher Ed published by Nick DeSantis in Inside Higher Ed
    Winners of the first Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, judged on the "effectiveness of their assessment process and the likelihood that their badges will be accepted by institutions and employers", were just announced.
  • Research Analyst Position Open at the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium at Wabash College
    3/1/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA

    The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) at Wabash College invites applications for the position of Research Analyst. The Research Analyst will work with the HEDS Director to develop and implement the consortium’s data collection, analysis, and reporting strategy. Candidates should have a Master's degree in an applicable discipline with a doctorate preferred, excellent data analytic, written communication, and oral communication skills and an interest in working flexibly as a member of a team that is reinventing itself to improve its support of the institutional effectiveness of consortium members. Strong quantitative  and research skills, including appropriate experience with statistical software and Microsoft Excel are required to qualify. For more information about this position and how to apply, please visit the Wabash College web site at www.wabash.edu/employment.  

  • Assessments of Prior Learning for Community Colleges Now Under Scrutiny
    2/29/2012Paul Fain In Inside Higher Ed/The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Paul Fain In Inside Higher Ed/The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Paul Fain In Inside Higher Ed/The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Paul Fain In Inside Higher Ed/The Chronicle of Higher Ed

    Articles in both The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed discuss new research on how assessments of prior learning, in this case ACCUPLACER and COMPASS, are not as reliable a predictor of future academic success as previously thought for community college students.

  • 2/29/2012Katherine Mangan in Inside Higher Ed writer Katherine Mangan in Inside Higher Ed by Katherine Mangan in Inside Higher Ed published by Katherine Mangan in Inside Higher Ed
    Changes to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education include the creation of program specific learning outcomes and the regular assessment of medical residents on the designated desired skills and behaviors.
  • 2/29/2012Paul Basken in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Paul Basken in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Paul Basken in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Paul Basken in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    New techniques for teaching, which include "flipping" and making classes more "interactive", in the hopes of improving student learning, was one of many discussions at the recent National Academies conference at Rice University.
  • 2/28/2012Emily Hanford, American RadioWorks writer Emily Hanford, American RadioWorks by Emily Hanford, American RadioWorks published by Emily Hanford, American RadioWorks
    This article urges professors to consider other teaching techniques to improve student learning, such as peer instruction.
  • 2/28/2012Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed writer Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed by Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed published by Kaustuv Basu in Inside Higher Ed

    This article discusses changes in Teacher Education Programs through a commission formed by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Of particular focus is the Teacher Performance Assessment, "a subject area-specific, performance-based assessment for pre-service teacher candidates, centered on student learning."

  • 2/28/2012Tina Barseghian in MindShift writer Tina Barseghian in MindShift by Tina Barseghian in MindShift published by Tina Barseghian in MindShift
    The increasing role of technology to improve student learning in higher education institutions is the focus of this article.
  • 2/22/2012Kris Olds in Inside Higher Ed writer Kris Olds in Inside Higher Ed by Kris Olds in Inside Higher Ed published by Kris Olds in Inside Higher Ed
    This blog provides an in-depth commentary about the strengths and challenges of the CLA as well as the Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) program in trying to find the "holy grail" for assessing learning outcomes globally.
  • 2/20/2012Josh Fischman in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Josh Fischman in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Josh Fischman in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Josh Fischman in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Recommendations for improving the pedagogy of engineering professors, which may result in the retention of its students, are offered.
  • 2/20/2012Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article provides an overview of Virginia's public database, to be launched in April 2012, which will contain about median earnings over a six-year period of college graduates in the state of Virginia.
  • 2/17/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 2/17/2012Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed writer Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed published by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed

    Scientific knowledge is no longer of sole importance in getting a high score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Starting in 2015, the MCAT will include sections such as psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior and critical analysis and reasoning skills. Articles in The Chronicle of Higher Ed and Inside Higher Ed highlight these new changes to the MCAT.

  • 2/17/2012Association of American Colleges & Universities writer Association of American Colleges & Universities by Association of American Colleges & Universities published by Association of American Colleges & Universities
    The use of AAC&U's VALUE Rubrics to assess student learning at colleges and universities around the nation is the central focus of this issue.
  • MITx Opens Enrollment for First Interactive Online Course
    2/13/2012Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    MITx's first OpenCourseWare course, 6.002x: Circuits and Electronics, opened today.  Students, in hopes of earning credentials, will have their assignments and activities evaluated by machines. Articles in both The Chronicle of Higher Ed and Inside Higher Ed briefly discuss this initiative.

  • 2/13/2012Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed/The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed/The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed/The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed/The Chronicle of Higher Ed

    The American Historical Association is teaming up with Lumina to help define learning outcomes for history graduates at the associate, bachelor, and graduate degree levels. Coverage of this effort can be found in both The Chronicle of Higher Ed and Inside Higher Education.

  • 2/10/2012Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Education writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Education by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Education published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Education

    Read Lederman's interview with Richard P. Keeling and Richard H. Hersh, authors of We're Losing Our Minds, about a term they call "higher learning." 

  • 2/7/2012Jeffrey R. Young in The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Jeffrey R. Young in The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Jeffrey R. Young in The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Jeffrey R. Young in The Chronicle of Higher Ed
    This article provides an overview of an interview with L. Rafael Reif, MIT's provost, and Anant Agarwal, director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, about the MITx OpenCourseWare Initiative.
  • 2/7/2012Association of American Colleges & Universities writer Association of American Colleges & Universities by Association of American Colleges & Universities published by Association of American Colleges & Universities

    Program-level assessment and developing liberal education outcomes are discussed in the latest issue of AAC&U's, Liberal Education.

  • 2/7/2012Association of American Colleges & Universities writer Association of American Colleges & Universities by Association of American Colleges & Universities published by Association of American Colleges & Universities

    Read AAC&U's latest edition of Bringing Theory to Practice which highlights SUNY Cortland's assessment process.

  • 2/6/2012The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer The Chronicle of Higher Ed by The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by The Chronicle of Higher Ed

    A brief article describing President Obama's new "College Scorecard" which will hopefully help higher education institutions be more accountable and transparent about their costs (see more information about the Scorecard here).

  • 2/6/2012Ryan Craig in Inside Higher Ed writer Ryan Craig in Inside Higher Ed by Ryan Craig in Inside Higher Ed published by Ryan Craig in Inside Higher Ed
    An update to MITx's OpenCourse Ware Initiative.
  • 2/6/2012Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Ed
    This article describes how without the experience of teaching in a college classroom, many graduate students, or future faculty members, will not have the opportunity to understand how students learn.
  • 1/30/2012Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This brief article highlights Stanford's revisions to its undergraduate curriculum which focuses on the critical thinking skills of its students.
  • 1/27/2012Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education

    "Documenting Uncertain Times: Postgraduate Transitions of the Academically Adrift Cohort" a report written by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa as a follow-up to Academically Adrift was released at AAC&U's meeting this week.

  • 1/27/2012Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed writer Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed by Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed published by Mitch Smith in Inside Higher Ed
    This article provides an overview of one of the discussions at AAC&U's Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., at which deans and administrators voiced their views about assessment, or the measurement of student learning, on their campuses.
  • 1/25/2012Richard Vedder in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Richard Vedder in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Richard Vedder in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Richard Vedder in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article discusses the collaboration between StraighterLine, the Education Testing Service (ETS) and the Council on Aid to Education's (CAE) efforts in trying to measure learning of credentialing courses.
  • Latest Guidelines on Quality Released by the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability
    1/24/2012Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education/Inside Higher Ed writer Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education/Inside Higher Ed by Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education/Inside Higher Ed published by Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education/Inside Higher Ed

    The New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability recently released its "Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education" which outline four broad principles for assessment and improvement in higher education: 1) set ambitious goals; 2) gather evidence of student learning; 3) use evidence to improve student learning; and 4) report evidence and results.  Articles in both The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed highlight this publication.

  • 1/24/2012Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Kevin Carey in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Questions arise in this article as to how learning will be assessed in MIT's Open Learning Initiative.
  • 1/23/2012Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    This article discusses one response that a company, StraighterLine, plans to use to possibly validate 'badges' (see an earlier article about badges here).  

  • 1/20/2012James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by James M. Lang in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Using formative assessment to help understand students' metacognition in the classroom is the main feature of this commentary.
  • 1/19/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 1/18/2012NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA

    Check out Charles Secolsky & D. Brian Denison's (2011) edited book, Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education, which features a chapter written by NILOA's Staci Provezis and Natasha Jankowski titled, "Presenting Learning Outcomes Assessment Results to Foster Use."

  • 1/13/2012Jeffrey R. Young in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jeffrey R. Young in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jeffrey R. Young in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jeffrey R. Young in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article discusses how badges through online learning courses are being used to help build resumes and thereby threatening traditional college programs and degrees.
  • 1/13/2012Josh Fischman in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Josh Fischman in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Josh Fischman in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Josh Fischman in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    In this brief commentary from the recent Higher Ed Tech Summit, technology executives share their thoughts about how program data that could improve graduation rates and learning would not be available for at least three years.
  • Assessment UPdate Now Available
    1/6/2012
    The latest issue of Assessment UPdate: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for November/December 2011 is now available. A couple of featured articles include, "My Own Worst Enemy: Five Ways My Best Intentions Impair Assessment." written by Jeremy D. Penn and "Repairing a Broken Assessment System," written by Christie Hill Magoulias. In addition, Gary Pike takes a look at The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Surveys.
  • 1/4/2012W. Robert Connor in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer W. Robert Connor in The Chronicle of Higher Education by W. Robert Connor in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by W. Robert Connor in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Read Robert Connor's commentary regarding current discussions on improving student learning.
  • 12/20/2011Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed writer Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed by Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed published by Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed
    An update about the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) recommendations.
  • 12/15/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 12/14/2011John C. Cavanaugh in Inside Higher Ed writer John C. Cavanaugh in Inside Higher Ed by John C. Cavanaugh in Inside Higher Ed published by John C. Cavanaugh in Inside Higher Ed
    Read John C. Cavanaugh's abbreviated speech to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education about how accreditation needs "to adopt the approach already taken in many professions of clearly articulating what students are supposed to know and be able to demonstrate at various levels of educational attainment, and create accreditation standards and metrics that reflect it."
  • 12/13/2011Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article describes a new take on using real-time technology in the classroom to help assess students' learning.
  • 12/6/2011Lumina Foundation for Education writer Lumina Foundation for Education by Lumina Foundation for Education published by Lumina Foundation for Education

    Lumina's latest edition of Focus is now available.  "New Ways to Measure Student Learning" written by Susan Headden,a senior writer/editor at Education Sector, is the featured article.  Findings from NILOA's surveys are included.

  • 12/5/2011Association of American Colleges & Universities writer Association of American Colleges & Universities by Association of American Colleges & Universities published by Association of American Colleges & Universities
    Divided into two parts, AAC&U's latest publication examines the assessment of student learning on college campuses. Part 1 focuses on psychological theories of learning and achievement while Part 2 offers case studies to help understand the various assessment models and methods used by campuses.
  • 12/5/2011The Chronicle of Higher Education writer The Chronicle of Higher Education by The Chronicle of Higher Education published by The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Available for purchase is The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2011 report on online learning. This report discusses assessment and accountability for online courses and programs.
  • 12/5/2011Mary Bart in Faculty Focus writer Mary Bart in Faculty Focus by Mary Bart in Faculty Focus published by Mary Bart in Faculty Focus
    Check out Mary Bart's newest article profiling the presentation of Dr. Ike Shibley, Assoc. Professor in Chemistry at Penn State Berks, on matching technological tools to course learning outcomes.
  • Community Colleges and Accountability
    12/1/2011Paul Fain In Inside Higher Ed/The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Paul Fain In Inside Higher Ed/The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Paul Fain In Inside Higher Ed/The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Paul Fain In Inside Higher Ed/The Chronicle of Higher Ed

    As a result of the initial pilot study, the American Association of Community Colleges urges its member institutions to adopt the newly developed Voluntary Framework of Accountability created specifically for the unique needs of community colleges.  Articles on the topic can be found in both Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • 12/1/2011Virginia Assessment Group writer Virginia Assessment Group by Virginia Assessment Group published by Virginia Assessment Group

    The newest issue of Research & Practice in Assessment has now been released.  Some of the articles include: "Creating Seamless K-16 Pathways: Role of Assessment" written by Hillary R. Michaels, Katrice Hawthorne, Nuria Cuevas, and Alexei G. Mateev; "Exploring the Success of Transfer Programs For Community College Students" written by Reginald S. Blaylock and Marilee J. Bresciani; and a book review of Peggy Maki's "Coming to Terms with Student Outcomes Assessment: Faculty and Administrators’ Journeys to Integrating Assessment in Their Work and Institutional Culture" written by Dorothy C. Doolittle.

  • 11/28/2011Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed writer Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed by Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed published by Allie Grasgreen in Inside Higher Ed
    This article highlights some of the major findings of NSSE results reported in its 2011 survey.
  • 11/28/2011Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Education writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Education by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Education published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Education
    Check out this article on WASC's efforts to assure quality in its region's higher education institutions in California, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.
  • 11/21/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 11/21/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA

    NILOA's newest report on the transparency of evidence, written by Natasha Jankowski and Staci Provezis, is featured in Inside Higher Education and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • 11/14/2011Diane Auer Jones in The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Diane Auer Jones in The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Diane Auer Jones in The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Diane Auer Jones in The Chronicle of Higher Ed
    This article discusses the transformation of online learning, especially in respect to adult or non-traditional learners.
  • 11/14/2011Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed/Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed/Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed/Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed/Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Ed

    The Council for Independent Colleges weighs in on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and ways in which they have used it within their institutions in both Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • 11/10/2011Josh Fischman in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Josh Fischman in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Josh Fischman in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Josh Fischman in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Check out how Central Piedmont and other community colleges are working to improve college readiness and completion by assessing the learning styles of at-risk students and much, much more.
  • 11/10/2011Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education by Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Dan Berrett In The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article highlights Patrick T. Terenzini, a professor of higher education at Pennsylvania State University, and Ernest T. Pascarella's, a co-director of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education at the University of Iowa discussion on results of the Wabash National Study at the Council of Independent Colleges conference.
  • 11/2/2011Brenda Medina in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Brenda Medina in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Brenda Medina in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Brenda Medina in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article discusses possible reasons for the rise in mid-course feedback forms for faculty use.
  • 11/2/2011David D. Perlmutter in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer David D. Perlmutter in The Chronicle of Higher Education by David D. Perlmutter in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by David D. Perlmutter in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A brief article describing tips to help faculty read and use feedback from student evaluations.
  • 11/2/2011James T. Minor in Inside Higher Ed writer James T. Minor in Inside Higher Ed by James T. Minor in Inside Higher Ed published by James T. Minor in Inside Higher Ed
    Check out Dr. James T. Minor's, Director of Higher Education Programs at the Southern Education Foundation, editorial column "Minor Details" which provides "insights on the college completion agenda, higher education policy, and institutional performance." This current issue examines issues in the assessment of student learning.
  • 10/18/2011Association of American Colleges & Universities writer Association of American Colleges & Universities by Association of American Colleges & Universities published by Association of American Colleges & Universities
    Check out AAC&U's latest issue of Diversity & Democracy which was created "to support academic leaders and educators as they design and reshape their diversity programs, civic engagement initiatives, and global learning opportunities to better prepare students for principled action in today's complex world." This issues focuses on civic learning for shared futures and includes articles such as, Assessing Civic Mindedness, Civic Literacy across the Curriculum, and Higher Education for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement: Reinvesting Longstanding Commitments.
  • 10/17/2011Mary Bart in Faculty Focus writer Mary Bart in Faculty Focus by Mary Bart in Faculty Focus published by Mary Bart in Faculty Focus
    This article briefly describes seven learner-centered principles to improve one's teaching as discussed in a recent online seminar by Dr. Michele DiPietro, Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kennesaw State University.
  • 10/17/2011Robert Talbert in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Robert Talbert in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Robert Talbert in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Robert Talbert in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article connects the teaching and learning of phlebotomy with measurable learning objectives.
  • 10/13/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 10/5/2011Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Ed
    The age-old question "Should colleges' general-education programs emphasize core skills or a core curriculum?" is discussed in this article
  • 10/4/2011Lacey Johnson in The Chronicle of Higher Ed writer Lacey Johnson in The Chronicle of Higher Ed by Lacey Johnson in The Chronicle of Higher Ed published by Lacey Johnson in The Chronicle of Higher Ed
    This article discusses the recent push in giving credit for life experience, especially for adult students, on college campuses. (Accessing this article may require login.)
  • AAC&U Announces New Project on Student Learning
    10/3/2011Sara Hebel in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Inside Higher Ed writer Sara Hebel in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Inside Higher Ed by Sara Hebel in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Inside Higher Ed published by Sara Hebel in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Inside Higher Ed

    Articles in both The Chronicle of Higher Ed and Inside Higher Ed highlight The Association of American Colleges and Universities recent $2.2 million, three-year effort in improving student learning and its assessment in eight states.

  • 10/3/2011Peter Ewell , Kay McClenney and Alexander C. McCormick in Inside Higher Ed writer Peter Ewell , Kay McClenney and Alexander C. McCormick in Inside Higher Ed by Peter Ewell , Kay McClenney and Alexander C. McCormick in Inside Higher Ed published by Peter Ewell , Kay McClenney and Alexander C. McCormick in Inside Higher Ed
    In this article, the authors respond to recent critiques of measures of student engagement, specifically the NSSE and CCSSE.
  • 9/21/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • The Spellings Report, 5 Years Later
    9/20/2011Various authors in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Various authors in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Various authors in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Various authors in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Three authors talk about the Spellings Report near its 5th anniversary in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    Kelly Field's article, "Spellings Panel Spurred Progress in Some Key Areas but Failed to Remake American Higher Education" examines progress made in 3 areas: access, accountability, and affordability.

    Margaret Spellings' Q&A titled,"Former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings Discusses the Impact of Her Commission" gauges progress made since the Report.

    Robert Zemsky's "The Unwitting Damage Done by the Spellings Commission" gives us an insider's view of the Spellings Commission and how he sees it now.

  • 9/13/2011Mary Hart in Faculty Focus writer Mary Hart in Faculty Focus by Mary Hart in Faculty Focus published by Mary Hart in Faculty Focus
    A brief article discussing different tools available to assess student learning rather than just the standard evaluations given to students.
  • No Success on Student Measures
    9/8/2011Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed writer Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed by Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed published by Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education/Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed

    A new report issued by the Education Department's Committee on Measures of Student Success regarding their recommendations for judging student success at community colleges was just released.  The Education Department stated that some improvements were needed for the voluntary collection, disclosure, and reporting of community colleges, especially in the areas of measuring student learning and employment.  Articles in both The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed discuss the report and recommendations.  

  • 8/31/2011Ryan Brown in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Ryan Brown in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Ryan Brown in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Ryan Brown in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Check out this article featuring Dr. Sherril B. Gelmon, Professor of Public Health at Portland State University, who established a methodology to assess the effectiveness of service learning programs on her campus and others.
  • Texas-Size Compromise
    8/26/2011Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle/Kevin Kiley in Inside Higher Ed writer Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle/Kevin Kiley in Inside Higher Ed by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle/Kevin Kiley in Inside Higher Ed published by Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle/Kevin Kiley in Inside Higher Ed

    A new framework proposed by Francisco Cigarroa, Chancellor of the University of Texas Systems Board, was recently released in an effort to become more transparent.  The framework is "designed to improve accountability, outcomes, and efficiency at the systems nine academic institutions and six health centers."  Articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed highlight this effort.  

  • 8/25/2011Pamela Bedore, Tom Deans and Thomas Lawrence Long for Inside Higher Ed writer Pamela Bedore, Tom Deans and Thomas Lawrence Long for Inside Higher Ed by Pamela Bedore, Tom Deans and Thomas Lawrence Long for Inside Higher Ed published by Pamela Bedore, Tom Deans and Thomas Lawrence Long for Inside Higher Ed
    Faculty from the University of Connecticut describe their experience using assessment to learn more about student writing on their campus. One of the most valuable results of conducting assessment on their campus was the dialogue among faculty.
  • 8/22/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • Assessment UPdate Now Available
    8/17/2011
    The latest issue of Assessment UPdate: Progress, Trends and Practice in Higher Education for July/August 2011 is now available. One featured article is titled "Connecting Assessment to Resource Allocation: A Demonstration Project at Queens University of Charlotte" written by Jamie B. Slater, Timothy E. Burson, and John A. McArthur. Gary Pike's Assessment Measures column examines the RCI, Reasoning about Current Issues Test, developed by Karen Kitchener, Patricia King, and Phillip Wood in 2000.
  • 8/11/2011Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    With the push for being data-driven institutions, this article discusses the amount students are surveyed at higher education institutions. In addition, use of rewards (gift cards, IPods, etc.) for getting larger groups of students to take surveys such as the National Survey of Student Engagement
  • 7/27/2011Mary Bart in Faculty Focus writer Mary Bart in Faculty Focus by Mary Bart in Faculty Focus published by Mary Bart in Faculty Focus
    A brief article discussing the importance of reporting assessment information in a clear way to make them usable.
  • 7/19/2011Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) writer Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) by Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) published by Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
    This WICHE Policy Insights Brief describes the history and philosophy behind the Common Core State Standards that were created for K-12, with an emphasis on what they mean for higher education.
  • 7/19/2011Ryan Brown for The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Ryan Brown for The Chronicle of Higher Education by Ryan Brown for The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Ryan Brown for The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article describes an innovative way to calculate student success by following students for a ten year period instead of using the current methods of calculating graduation rates.
  • 7/13/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 7/13/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA

    The tenth NILOA Occasional Paper titled, Learning Outcomes Assessment in Community Colleges, written by Charlene Nunley, Trudy Bers, and Terri Manning has just been released.  Articles discussing the paper were written in today's Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • 7/13/2011Mary Bart in Faculty Focus writer Mary Bart in Faculty Focus by Mary Bart in Faculty Focus published by Mary Bart in Faculty Focus
    Under the Educational Assessment topic in Faculty Focus, Mary Bart focuses on a recent presentation given by Linda Suskie, vice president at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, discussing ways in which campus leadership can help influence a "culture of assessment."
  • 7/7/2011Virginia Assessment Group writer Virginia Assessment Group by Virginia Assessment Group published by Virginia Assessment Group

    The latest issue of Research & Practice in Assessment is now available here.  Some articles contained in this issue include: Marilee J. Bresciani - "Identifying Barriers in Implementing Outcomes-Based Assessments Program Review: A Grounded Theory Analysis"; Lauren Weiner & Marilee J. Bresciani - "Can Institutions Have Quality Programming Without Utilizing a Systematic Outcomes-Based Assessment Process?"; and Walter F. Heinecke - "Reflective (Ac) Counting: Institutional Research, Evaluation, & Assessment in a Time of Cholera."  A book review of "Academically Adrift" written by Kathryne Drezek McConnell is also featured.

  • 7/5/2011Peter Schmidt in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Peter Schmidt in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Peter Schmidt in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Peter Schmidt in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    In this article, faculty and administrators discuss the difficulties in trying to assess student learning outcomes for ethics courses. Trudy Banta, a member of NILOA's National Advisory Panel, is featured.
  • 6/30/2011Martha J. Kanter in Change Magazine writer Martha J. Kanter in Change Magazine by Martha J. Kanter in Change Magazine published by Martha J. Kanter in Change Magazine

    This article in the May-June 2011 issue of Change Magazine discusses in more detail what is needed to reach President Obama's 2020 college completion goal.  Included is information about what's needed to increase the quality of schools and of student learning in America's schools.

  • 6/15/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA

    Find out about what's new with NILOA in addition to recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.

  • 6/15/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA

    The NILOA 2011 National Survey Report titled, Down and In: Assessment Practices at the Program Level, written by Peter Ewell, Jillian Kinzie, and Karen Paulson has just been released.  Articles discussing the paper were written in today's Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • 6/15/2011William G. Tierney in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer William G. Tierney in The Chronicle of Higher Education by William G. Tierney in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by William G. Tierney in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    In this commentary, William Tierney describes the experiences of a current student, whom he refers to as a friend, who ponders if he is "learning anything of value in college."
  • 6/13/2011Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed writer Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed by Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed published by Libby A. Nelson in Inside Higher Ed
    This article discusses a recent conversation of the Education Department's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) regarding suggestions towards a new national accreditation system. One suggestion that is gaining support is possibly having current regional accreditation agencies oversee academic quality of institutions while the federal government control federal dollars. Far from being done, recommendations for this new system will be given at the end of this year to the Ed Department.
  • 6/13/2011The Chronicle of Higher Education writer The Chronicle of Higher Education by The Chronicle of Higher Education published by The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Six students in Stanford University's Structured Liberal Education program discuss the importance of a Humanities degree and what they have gained through their college years.
  • 6/10/2011Inside Higher Education writer Inside Higher Education by Inside Higher Education published by Inside Higher Education
    This article reports on the topic of assessment at the American Association for University Professors meeting, including the panel that NILOA participated. The focus of the article is on one award-winning professors pedagogical approach that uses Blooms Taxonomy.
  • 6/7/2011Libby Gruner in Inside Higher Ed writer Libby Gruner in Inside Higher Ed by Libby Gruner in Inside Higher Ed published by Libby Gruner in Inside Higher Ed
    Read about this teacher's commitment to transparency for her students.
  • 6/6/2011David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed writer David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed by David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed published by David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed
    This article discusses the Education Department's Committee on Measures of Student Success recommendations for assessing student learning outcomes at community colleges.
  • 6/3/2011David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    This article offers a preview of what's to come at the upcoming Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education conference this weekend at the University of Kentucky.
  • 6/3/2011Thomas L. Harnisch for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities writer Thomas L. Harnisch for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities by Thomas L. Harnisch for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities published by Thomas L. Harnisch for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities
    This policy brief provides a brief timeline and examples of state performance-based strategies in higher education. Harnisch (2011) asserts "Performance-based funding for higher education has reemerged as a state policy solution aimed at generating greater institutional productivity, accountability and educational attainment" (p. 10). While performance-based systems look more at performance indicators of institutions, student learning outcomes also play a role.
  • 5/24/2011Herman Berliner in Inside Higher Ed writer Herman Berliner in Inside Higher Ed by Herman Berliner in Inside Higher Ed published by Herman Berliner in Inside Higher Ed
    Read Herman Berliner's (Provost at Hofstra University) take on accreditation.
  • 5/18/2011Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) writer Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) by Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) published by Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)

    The Council of Graduate Schools just released their latest publication, Preparing Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning.  This monograph examines professional development programs designed to help current graduate students understand more about student learning outcomes assessment. Check out the press release here.

  • 5/18/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about the new reports that NILOA is producing along with recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 5/17/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA

    NILOA's Occasional Paper 9 titled, "What faculty unions say about student learning outcomes assessment" written by Larry Gold, Gary Rhoades, Mark Smith, and George Kuh has just been released.  Articles discussing the paper were written in today's Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • 5/16/2011WEAVEonline writer WEAVEonline by WEAVEonline published by WEAVEonline
    Check out the latest (Spring 2011) Weave Newsletter. WEAVE (2010) "guides and provides for the alignment of multiple processes, including assessment, planning, accreditation, budgeting and institutional priorities."
  • 5/16/2011David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Results from a recent Pew Center Research survey show college and university presidents feelings about the quality of teaching and learning at their institutions.

  • 5/16/2011Inside Higher Education writer Inside Higher Education by Inside Higher Education published by Inside Higher Education

    In an effort to improve student learning outcomes, six schools - American Public University System, Colorado Community College System, Rio Salado College, University of Hawaii System, University of Illinois Springfield, and the University of Phoenix - are led by WCET (the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) through a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The press release is located here.

  • 5/13/2011Doug Lederman in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Doug Lederman in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Doug Lederman in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Doug Lederman in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A panel created by the American Council on Education, named the National Task Force on Institutional Accreditation, consisting of college presidents and other senior administrators and heads of accreditating agencies was the feature of this article. NILOA's Stan Ikenberry was announced as one of the 25-member panel. .
  • 5/12/2011Joseph E. Aoun in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Joseph E. Aoun in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Joseph E. Aoun in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Joseph E. Aoun in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University, in this article acknowledges that virtual learning is here to stay. He writes about how placed-based education adds a different kind of value to student learning in comparison to virtual learning.
  • Assessing Complex General Education Student Learning Outcomes
    5/5/2011New Directions for Institutional Research writer New Directions for Institutional Research by New Directions for Institutional Research published by New Directions for Institutional Research
    Edited by Jeremy D. Penn, the latest edition of New Directions for Institutional Research (vol. 149) has just been released. Resources and tools are provided by the authors to help those interested in assessing complex general education student learning outcomes at their institutions. Some articles include: Donald L. Hatcher - "Which test? Whose scores? Comparing standardized critical thinking tests", Richard L. Hughes and Steven K. Jones - "Developing and assessing college student teamwork skills" and Jeremy D. Penn - "The case for assessing complex general education student learning outcomes".
  • 4/21/2011
    Find out about the new reports that NILOA is producing along with recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 4/21/2011Bernard Fryshman in Inside Higher Ed writer Bernard Fryshman in Inside Higher Ed by Bernard Fryshman in Inside Higher Ed published by Bernard Fryshman in Inside Higher Ed
    Read Fryshman's, an accreditor and professor of physics at the New York Institute of technology, take on accreditation, measuring student learning, and why "numbers mislead, distort, distract, and divert."
  • 4/20/2011Community College Research Center (CCRC) writer Community College Research Center (CCRC) by Community College Research Center (CCRC) published by Community College Research Center (CCRC)
    Check out the newest briefs in CCRC's Assessment of Evidence series.
  • 4/20/2011Jennifer Howard in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jennifer Howard in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jennifer Howard in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Jennifer Howard in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    In this article, a recent discussion at the Association of College and Research Libraries Conference encourages librarians to assess their role in student learning.
  • 4/14/2011David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Using data from the book, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, recently released by sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roks as the backbone of this article, several business schools are highlighted specifically for their different assessment methods.  Interviews with deans of the business schools and the president of Babson College featured in this article can also be found in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • 4/14/2011David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    In this article, AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, "assurance-of-learning" mandate is challenged by faculty members.
  • 4/14/2011Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed
    The Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC) Senior College Commission and its new plans are the feature of this article. WASC Sr. explains its reasoning behind its revamping and is issuing a new call for accountability from its schools. The threat of the possible take-over of accreditation by the federal government is a major reason in trying to establish benchmarks for assessing student learning outcomes and attempting to create external comparisons for its schools.
  • Accountability Framework for 2-Year Colleges Progresses in Pilot Test
    4/12/2011Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education/David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed writer Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education/David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed by Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education/David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed published by Jennifer Gonzalez in The Chronicle of Higher Education/David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed

    Results of the Voluntary Framework of Accountability, being tested by 72 community colleges, were communicated to an audience at this past week's American Association of Community Colleges Conference in article written in The Chronicle.  The session was also featured in an article in Inside Higher Ed.

  • 4/12/2011Peter Schmidt in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Peter Schmidt in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Peter Schmidt in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Peter Schmidt in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    In a session at this past week's American Educational Research Association Conference, Nicholas A. Bowman, a postdoc researcher at the University of Notre Dame, explains his findings from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education regarding students real vs. perceived learning. Through his analysis, Bowman shows that there may be misconceptions by colleges and universities of students' self-understanding through the use of longitudinal, self-reported means.
  • 4/11/2011Association of American Colleges & Universities writer Association of American Colleges & Universities by Association of American Colleges & Universities published by Association of American Colleges & Universities
    Want to know more about learning outcomes for adult students? Check out the newest edition of AACU&U's Peer Review.
  • ASSESSMENT UPdate now available
    4/11/2011
    The new ASSESSMENT UPdate: Progress, Trends, and Practices in Higher Education for March/April 2011 is now available. An article by NILOA's Peter Ewell titled, "From the States: A Coalition of the Willing: The Presidents' Alliance for Excellence in Student Learning and Accountability" is featured. Recommended reading suggested by Susan Kahn are also included.
  • 4/11/2011Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed writer Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed by Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed published by Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed
    In this article, the author features a discussion at the Forum on Education Abroad conference on assessing learning outcomes for those students studying abroad.
  • 4/8/2011Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed published by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed
    This article highlights two sessions to be covered on student learning at this week's American Education Research Association (AERA) conference in New Orleans. The authors of the two studies argue that the NSSE does a great job looking at student engagement but it does not do well predicting student outcomes such as graduation and retention. NILOA's Jillian Kinzie is featured.
  • 4/8/2011Association of American Colleges & Universities writer Association of American Colleges & Universities by Association of American Colleges & Universities published by Association of American Colleges & Universities

    AAC&U's latest publication, The LEAP Vision for Learning: Outcomes, Practices, Impact, and Employers' Views, has just been released.  Some of the information covered include "summaries of research about high-impact educational practices and learning outcomes; summaries of trends in curricular, assessment, and general education reform; and data about the outcomes that employers value in the college graduates they hire and promote."

  • 4/8/2011Dan Berrett in Inside Higher Ed writer Dan Berrett in Inside Higher Ed by Dan Berrett in Inside Higher Ed published by Dan Berrett in Inside Higher Ed
    A new "Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing" established to help foster the "habits of mind" at this week's Conference on College Composition and Communication. While the framework does not offer specific standards, it does help to define concepts in which students could possibly be assessed on such as openness, flexibility, and metacognition.
  • 4/5/2011Association of Governing Boards (AGB) writer Association of Governing Boards (AGB) by Association of Governing Boards (AGB) published by Association of Governing Boards (AGB)

    The Association of Governing Boards recently released its statement on the responsibility of governing boards of ensuring educational quality for the institutions it serves in addition to understanding the importance of student learning outcomes.  Articles on AGB's statement were featured in Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • 4/4/2011Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed/Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed/Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed/Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed/Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    In Philadelphia this past weekend, the American Federation of Teacher's (AFT) Higher Education Division's recently released report titled, "Student Success in Higher Education" was of particular focus.  In this report, the faculty role in assessing student learning as well as AFT's stance on assessment were a part of the discussions.  Coverage in Inside Higher Ed features NILOA's George Kuh and Peter Ewell.  The conference was also mentioned in an article in The Chronicle.

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  • 3/31/2011Alexander C. McCormick for AAC&U writer Alexander C. McCormick for AAC&U by Alexander C. McCormick for AAC&U published by Alexander C. McCormick for AAC&U

    This article in AACU's Liberal Education publication examines possible reasons why students are studying less in college.  A review of results from leading assessment tools used to survey students is included.

  • 3/31/2011Andrew O. Fort for AAC&U writer Andrew O. Fort for AAC&U by Andrew O. Fort for AAC&U published by Andrew O. Fort for AAC&U

    Read this article in AAC&U's Liberal Education publication about one professor's journey towards assessing student learning outcomes for his course.

  • 3/28/2011Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed writer Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed published by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed
    This article discusses the creation of a "quality scorecard" and its metrics for online programs.
  • 3/28/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    Find out about the new reports that NILOA is producing along with recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 3/8/2011David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    An article featuring a discussion on the assessment of student learning and its connection to accreditation from the American Council of Education's meeting is found in The Chronicle. NILOA's Dr. George Kuh is also mentioned.
  • 3/4/2011Amy Cavendar in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Amy Cavendar in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Amy Cavendar in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Amy Cavendar in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    As a follow-up to a dialogue from the E-Portfolio Forum held at the American Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting in January 2011, the author lists some questions that she had about the use of e-portfolios for student learning and assessment.
  • 3/4/2011WEAVEonline writer WEAVEonline by WEAVEonline published by WEAVEonline
    Check out the latest (Winter 2011) Weave Newsletter. WEAVE (2010) "guides and provides for the alignment of multiple processes, including assessment, planning, accreditation, budgeting and institutional priorities."
  • 3/1/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA

    NILOA just released its Transparency Framework designed 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.  See coverage of the Framework in Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • 3/1/2011Dr. George D. Kuh writer Dr. George D. Kuh by Dr. George D. Kuh published by Dr. George D. Kuh

    Check out Dr. George Kuh's blog titled, They'll Love You Just the Way You Are: Tiptoeing Toward Transparency, written for one of AAC&U's initiatives - Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College - which "features postings and perspectives on 'liberal education' - how it is changing, why it is so important in today's world, and what people are saying about it around the country and the world."  

  • 3/1/2011Change Magazine writer Change Magazine by Change Magazine published by Change Magazine

    Trudy Banta and Charlie Blaich, Edwin Welch, and Terrel Rhodes have articles featured on topics of assessment and student learning outcomes in the latest issue of Change Magazine. 

  • 2/28/2011Judith V. Boettcher in Campus Technology writer Judith V. Boettcher in Campus Technology by Judith V. Boettcher in Campus Technology published by Judith V. Boettcher in Campus Technology
    In this article, Boettcher offers different examples as evidence of student learning (i.e., interviews, professional work products) as "alternatives to the traditional research paper" for faculty who teach online classes.
  • 2/28/2011Lumina Foundation for Education writer Lumina Foundation for Education by Lumina Foundation for Education published by Lumina Foundation for Education
    This Winter 2011 issue focuses specifically on measuring student learning and tools used to assess student learning.
  • City Colleges of Chicago's Efforts to Improve Student Outcomes
    2/24/2011Jack Stripling in The Chronicle of Higher Educatioon/David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed writer Jack Stripling in The Chronicle of Higher Educatioon/David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed by Jack Stripling in The Chronicle of Higher Educatioon/David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed published by Jack Stripling in The Chronicle of Higher Educatioon/David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed

    In an effort to improve student outcomes, the City Colleges of Chicago are in the process of possibly replacing its leadership.  Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman's reasoning for this is because the current job description did not focus on students and student outcomes which needed to be reflected in today's presidencies.  Both The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed discuss this as one of their featured stories. 

  • 2/24/2011NILOA news writer NILOA news by NILOA news published by NILOA news
    Find out about the new reports that NILOA is producing along with recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • New Book on Assessment
    2/24/2011by Donna Heiland and Laura J. Rosenthal writer by Donna Heiland and Laura J. Rosenthal by by Donna Heiland and Laura J. Rosenthal published by by Donna Heiland and Laura J. Rosenthal

    A new book titled, "Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime: Disciplinary Assessment" written by Donna Heiland, vice president at Teagle Foundation and Laura J. Rosenthal is due out this month by the Teagle Foundation. The book uses essays by current scholars in both the fields of literary studies and assessment to discuss the pros and cons of using assessment in the study of literature.   A commentary on the book by the authors is in the current edition of The Chronicle of Higher EducationInside Higher Ed also features a dialogue with the authors about their book. 

  • Why Do I Like Assessment? Let Me Count the Ways
    2/24/2011Theodore C. Wagenaar in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Theodore C. Wagenaar in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Theodore C. Wagenaar in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Theodore C. Wagenaar in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    In this commentary in The Chronicle, Theodore Wagenaar discusses the "most essential elements of quality assessment" as well as the need for faculty to become more engaged in assessment.

  • 2/15/2011David Glenn, Alexander W. Astin, and Jonathan Zimmerman in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer David Glenn, Alexander W. Astin, and Jonathan Zimmerman in The Chronicle of Higher Education by David Glenn, Alexander W. Astin, and Jonathan Zimmerman in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by David Glenn, Alexander W. Astin, and Jonathan Zimmerman in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    The recent book, Academically Adrift by Arum and Roksa, is the feature of a new article by David Glenn.  Glenn's article "Scholars Question New Book's Gloom on Education" examines some of the limitations of the study's findings.  Want more commentaries on Academically Adrift?  Check out Alexander W. Astin's statistical take on the book and also a response by Jonathan Zimmerman relating the book to Vanderbilt doctors and a cup of coffee, both in The Chronicle of Higher Education. A live chat with the authors is also featured.

  • ASSESSMENT UPdate now available
    2/15/2011
    The new ASSESSMENT UPdate: Progress, Trends, and Practices in Higher Education for January/February 2011 is now available. Some of the articles include: The Presentation of the Student Role in Everyday Classroom Life: An Assessment by Jonathan I. Marx, Jennifer Crew Solomon, Bradley G. Tripp; Editor's Notes by Trudy W. Banta, and a column on Assessment Measures written by Gary R. Pike. Recommended reading suggested by Susan Kahn are also included.
  • 2/14/2011Community College Research Center (CCRC) writer Community College Research Center (CCRC) by Community College Research Center (CCRC) published by Community College Research Center (CCRC)

    The Assessment of Evidence Series initiated by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) focuses on eight areas: developmental education assessment, developmental acceleration, developmental math pedagogy, contextualization of basic skills instruction, online learning, non-academic support, institutional program structure, and organizational improvement. CCRC's goal of the series is "to help community colleges identify concrete strategies that have the potential to improve student success on a scale needed to meet national goals for increased postsecondary attainment."

    CCRC has just released its' latest Working Paper in their Assessment of Evidence Series titled, "Assessing Developmental Assessment in Community Colleges" written by Katherine L. Hughes & Judith Scott-Clayton (February 2011).

  • 2/14/2011Diana Chapman Walsh in Inside Higher Ed writer Diana Chapman Walsh in Inside Higher Ed by Diana Chapman Walsh in Inside Higher Ed published by Diana Chapman Walsh in Inside Higher Ed
    This article provides an overview of some practices of institutions who are interested in learning about learning. The author also stresses the need for faculty involvement in creating an "evidence-based culture of learning" (Walsh, 2011).
  • Achieving the Dream Report Released
    2/10/2011MRDC/Community College Research Center/Inside Higher Ed writer MRDC/Community College Research Center/Inside Higher Ed by MRDC/Community College Research Center/Inside Higher Ed published by MRDC/Community College Research Center/Inside Higher Ed

    The report titled, "Turning the Tide: Five Years of Achieving the Dream in Community Colleges" was just released February 2011 by MDRC, a nonprofit social-policy-research organization, and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College.  This report reviews the progress that the 26 colleges involved in the Achieving the Dream Initiative, funded by Lumina Foundation for Education, have made from 2004 through Spring 2009.  An article in Inside Higher Ed also discusses some of the findings of the report.

  • Higher Education Accreditation Hearings
    2/7/2011Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education by Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Over the past weekend, the U.S. Department of Education helped lead a discussion on the future of higher education accreditation.   Some issues included accreditation's gatekeeping function, "prodding" vs. "fixing", and the role of federal government in terms of accreditation. 

    The following articles: Mend It, Don't End It (2/4/11, Inside Higher Ed), Advisory Panel Wades Into Sticky Accreditation Issues (2/4/11, The Chronicle of Higher Education), and Policy Making by Post-It Notes (2/7/11, Inside Higher Ed) describes the above issues and others in more detail.  NILOA's Peter Ewell is also featured.

  • 2/3/2011NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    The powerpoint pdf from the NILOA presentation at AAC&U, "Can you see me now? Taking the pulse of transparency efforts" is now available for download.
  • 1/31/2011David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    The article gives an overview of one of this past week's American Association of Colleges & Universities sessions discussing Lumina Foundations's Degree Qualifications Profile.
  • 1/31/2011Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed published by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed
    This article discusses tapping into students' metacognition through new and innovative ways to assess student learning
  • 1/25/2011Lumina Foundation for Education writer Lumina Foundation for Education by Lumina Foundation for Education published by Lumina Foundation for Education

    Lumina Foundation for Education released their newest publication, The Degree Qualifications Profile, designed by four higher education policy experts, including NILOA's own Peter Ewell.  The Degree Qualifications Profile was created to address the specific learning outcomes graduating students should obtain regardless of their degree level (associate, bachelor, or master's degree).  

    Articles written in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed addresses both some of the advantages and concerns associated with this Profile, if implemented as intended.

  • 1/25/2011Jacqueline E. King for the American Council on Education writer Jacqueline E. King for the American Council on Education by Jacqueline E. King for the American Council on Education published by Jacqueline E. King for the American Council on Education
    The American Council on Education, Achieve, and the State Higher Education Executive Officers just released their brief on the importance of the higher education community to collaborate with their K-12 partners through the implementation and use of the newly adopted Common Core State Standards Initiative.
  • 1/24/2011CHEA: Council for Higher Education Accreditation writer CHEA: Council for Higher Education Accreditation by CHEA: Council for Higher Education Accreditation published by CHEA: Council for Higher Education Accreditation
    The CHEA 2011 winners for the Outstanding Institutional Practices in Student Learning Outcomes has been announced.
  • 1/24/2011NILOA news writer NILOA news by NILOA news published by NILOA news
    Find out about the new reports that NILOA is producing along with recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 1/19/2011David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed writer David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed by David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed published by David Moltz in Inside Higher Ed
    This article discusses the three prongs that community colleges will need to begin collecting data for the new Voluntary Framework of Accountability introduced earlier this month by the American Association of Community Colleges.
  • 1/13/2011American Association of Commnity Colleges writer American Association of Commnity Colleges by American Association of Commnity Colleges published by American Association of Commnity Colleges
    40 pilot colleges will participate in a new Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA), a national system designed to provide data, transparency, and benchmarking.
  • 1/10/2011David Glenn in The Chronicle writer David Glenn in The Chronicle by David Glenn in The Chronicle published by David Glenn in The Chronicle
    A new study by West and Carrell discuss how a previous class in a sequence of classes (like math) can determine students' later grades.
  • 1/3/2011David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle writer David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle published by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle
    The last of the series on Measuring Stick summarizes the arguments provided in the series for assessment and accountability in higher education.
  • 12/15/2010Measuring Stick in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Measuring Stick in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Measuring Stick in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Measuring Stick in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Eight open letters from different stakeholders (High school junior, parents, advocates, and applicants) to Presidents about college quality.
  • 12/15/2010David Glenn in The Chronicle for Higher Education writer David Glenn in The Chronicle for Higher Education by David Glenn in The Chronicle for Higher Education published by David Glenn in The Chronicle for Higher Education
    A finale to the Measuring Stick series, this entry has a graph of 22 ways to measure outcomes for a course.
  • 12/14/2010Jack Stripling in Inside Higher Ed writer Jack Stripling in Inside Higher Ed by Jack Stripling in Inside Higher Ed published by Jack Stripling in Inside Higher Ed
    This article looks at a research, as contrary to generated ideas, on degree completion.
  • 12/13/2010Kevin Carey in The Chroncile of Higher Education writer Kevin Carey in The Chroncile of Higher Education by Kevin Carey in The Chroncile of Higher Education published by Kevin Carey in The Chroncile of Higher Education
    In this commentary, Carey discusses the consequences for not pursuing student learning assessments and the potential future for measuring student learning.
  • 12/1/2010David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle writer David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle published by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle
    A new Measuring Stick article features the discussions held in Washington DC about learning outcomes at the graduate level.
  • 11/29/2010NILOA news writer NILOA news by NILOA news published by NILOA news
    Find out about the new reports and upcoming papers that NILOA is producing along with recent news items about learning outcomes assessment in this month's newsletter.
  • 11/24/2010David Glenn in The Chronicle for Higher Education writer David Glenn in The Chronicle for Higher Education by David Glenn in The Chronicle for Higher Education published by David Glenn in The Chronicle for Higher Education
    This entry highlights a number of student learning outcomes assessment and centers on the new study done by Wabash.
  • 11/23/2010The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) writer The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) by The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) published by The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)
    CGS hosted a meeting of assessment experts and graduate deans to explore how universities can prepare graduate students who aspire to faculty positions with the skills they will need to assess student learning. Read the press release by clicking above. NILOA director, Kuh was present to give a national perspective of assessment in the US.
  • Measuring Stick: Reactions to the Presidents' Alliance
    11/23/2010David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle writer David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle published by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle

    Four articles are in the Measuring Stick blog discussing the Presidents' Alliance. One from William M. Chance, a second from Josipa Roksa and Laura W. Perna and a third from, Michael Poliakoff. A final word comes from David Paris, the executive director of New Leadership Alliance.

  • 11/16/2010Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education writer Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education by Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education published by Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
    New standards responding to real-time student needs for military service members, veterans, and their families transitioning from military service in higher education have been released by the CAS.
  • 11/12/2010NILOA news writer NILOA news by NILOA news published by NILOA news
    Slippery Rock University's webpage "Institutional Profile: Accountability 2010" shows clear communication and easy navigation of student learning outcomes assessment information.
  • 11/11/2010Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Increasing college completion is meaningless unless certificates and degrees represent real learning, according to the Center for Community College Student Engagement.
  • 11/8/2010Travis Kaya in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Travis Kaya in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Travis Kaya in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Travis Kaya in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Researchers are getting to learning outcomes like problem solving through game play.
  • 11/5/2010NSSE writer NSSE by NSSE published by NSSE
    Check out the 2010 NSSE Annual Results report released today.
  • 11/5/2010AAC&U News November 2010 writer AAC&U News November 2010 by AAC&U News November 2010 published by AAC&U News November 2010
    This month's AAC&U newsletter features USC and how the school administrators are creating change.
  • 11/4/2010Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A new report from NSSE starts questions of how student data is being used (or not) for assessment.
  • 11/2/2010Jayne E. Brownell and Lynn E. Swaner in a AAC&U Publication writer Jayne E. Brownell and Lynn E. Swaner in a AAC&U Publication by Jayne E. Brownell and Lynn E. Swaner in a AAC&U Publication published by Jayne E. Brownell and Lynn E. Swaner in a AAC&U Publication
    This monograph examines what educational research reveals about five educational practices: first-year seminars, learning communities, service learning, undergraduate research, and capstone experiences.
  • 10/30/2010David Glenn in The Chronicle writer David Glenn in The Chronicle by David Glenn in The Chronicle published by David Glenn in The Chronicle
    A follow up article to last week's discussion on departmental assessment in Measuring Stick, this interview focuses on Villanova's program for engineering students.
  • 10/29/2010David Glenn in The Chronicle writer David Glenn in The Chronicle by David Glenn in The Chronicle published by David Glenn in The Chronicle
    Faculty argue that some assessments do not work for all disciplines.
  • 10/29/2010David Glenn in The Chronicle writer David Glenn in The Chronicle by David Glenn in The Chronicle published by David Glenn in The Chronicle
    This new Measuring Stick article looks at the faculty voice in the student learning debate.
  • 10/28/2010The Chronicle for Higher Education writer The Chronicle for Higher Education by The Chronicle for Higher Education published by The Chronicle for Higher Education
    NILOA's sixth occasional paper is highlighted in this article, part of the Measuring Stick series, about some of the pressures that regional accreditors bring to bear and the influence accreditation has on learning-assessment projects.
  • 10/26/2010Linda Suskie in Inside Higher Education writer Linda Suskie in Inside Higher Education by Linda Suskie in Inside Higher Education published by Linda Suskie in Inside Higher Education
    Suskie questions if colleges understand why assessment matters in this article.
  • 10/21/2010
    Job announcement for a newly created position, Director of Assessment. See link for details.
  • 10/19/2010The Chronicle of Higher Education writer The Chronicle of Higher Education by The Chronicle of Higher Education published by The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A discussion about how to graphically display student learning outcomes (statement, objectives, assessments).
  • 10/15/2010NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    "Perspectives from Campus Leaders on the Current State of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment: NILOA Focus Group Summary 2009-2010" highlights lessons from four focus group sessions with campus leaders--presidents, provosts, academic deans and directors of institutional research from a variety of two- and four-year institutions-- regarding their perspectives on the state of learning assessment practices on their campuses.
  • 10/12/2010Gary L. Kramer and Randy L. Swing writer Gary L. Kramer and Randy L. Swing by Gary L. Kramer and Randy L. Swing published by Gary L. Kramer and Randy L. Swing
    A new resource on assessment is now available. Kramer and Swing have written a book for campus leaders to identify strategies for assessments.
  • 10/11/2010Kevin Carey in The Chronicle writer Kevin Carey in The Chronicle by Kevin Carey in The Chronicle published by Kevin Carey in The Chronicle
    This article argues that assessment information is needed to help schools like UMBC to show its true quality.
  • 9/23/2010
    NILOA researchers examined the intersection of the NCHEMS study of state policies on assessment of student learning with the NILOA national survey and webscan data in the newly released, "Connecting State Policies on Assessment with Institutional Assessment Activity."
  • 9/21/2010David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle writer David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle published by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle
    A new series in the Chronicle invite experts to write a 250 word essay on "quality and assessment of higher education." From Occasional Paper writer, Pat Hutchins is a piece on faculty involvement in student learning.
  • 9/21/2010The Chronicle of Higher Education writer The Chronicle of Higher Education by The Chronicle of Higher Education published by The Chronicle of Higher Education
    NILOA is a featured Quality-of-Learning organization in this special report from The Chronicle.
  • 9/20/2010David Glenn in The Chronicle writer David Glenn in The Chronicle by David Glenn in The Chronicle published by David Glenn in The Chronicle
    This article discusses the changes the CLA has prompted and its relation with assessment and accountability.
  • 9/16/2010Fourth Annual Strategic Leaders Global Summit writer Fourth Annual Strategic Leaders Global Summit by Fourth Annual Strategic Leaders Global Summit published by Fourth Annual Strategic Leaders Global Summit
    At the graduate level, higher education leaders from 17 countries have agreed to a statement of principles for assessing the quality of education.
  • 9/9/2010Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges writer Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges by Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges published by Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
    A new report from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, says that Board of Trustees do not spend enough time or understand student learning outcomes.
  • 9/8/2010David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle writer David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle published by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle
    A new series in the Chronicle invite experts to write a 250 word essay on "quality and assessment of higher education." This short audio is a discussion on the role of professors in student learning outcomes.
  • 9/7/2010Beau Seagraves and Laura A Dean writer Beau Seagraves and Laura A Dean by Beau Seagraves and Laura A Dean published by Beau Seagraves and Laura A Dean
    This article from the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice is a qualitative study on the "conditions that support assessment practice" at small colleges.
  • 9/3/2010David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle writer David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle published by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle
    A new series in the Chronicle invite experts to write a 250 word essay on "quality and assessment of higher education." From NILOA PI, George Kuh, this essay discusses issues of transparency of quality for potential students.
  • 9/2/2010Susan R. Komives from Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education writer Susan R. Komives from Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education by Susan R. Komives from Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education published by Susan R. Komives from Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
    CAS seeks to advance knowledge about the use of standards and self- assessment processes in enhancing programs and services to students and in developing designated student learning and developmental outcomes. Proposals due by October 15, 2010. The link will open in a pdf.
  • 8/30/2010David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle writer David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle published by David Glenn et al. in The Chronicle
    A new series in the Chronicle invite experts to write a 250 word essay on "quality and assessment of higher education."
  • 8/18/2010Association for the Asssessment of Learning in Higher Education writer Association for the Asssessment of Learning in Higher Education by Association for the Asssessment of Learning in Higher Education published by Association for the Asssessment of Learning in Higher Education
    There is a new association for assessment practitioners, focused on assessment practice and the factors that affect it, The Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) housed at the University of Kentucky.
  • 8/17/2010Stacy Teicher Khadaroo in The Christian Science Monitor writer Stacy Teicher Khadaroo in The Christian Science Monitor by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo in The Christian Science Monitor published by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo in The Christian Science Monitor
    A new website, WhatWillTheyLearn.com compiles and grades schools on the required classes students take. This article gives a summary of this new website.
  • 8/16/2010 Jeffrey Steedle, Heather Kugelmass and Alex Nemeth in Change Magazine writer Jeffrey Steedle, Heather Kugelmass and Alex Nemeth in Change Magazine by Jeffrey Steedle, Heather Kugelmass and Alex Nemeth in Change Magazine published by Jeffrey Steedle, Heather Kugelmass and Alex Nemeth in Change Magazine
    Comparing the ETS, CAAP and CLA tests, this article discusses what each of these tests measure and the implications of giving these tests. Login may be required.
  • 8/16/2010Susan Headden at the Lumina Foundation writer Susan Headden at the Lumina Foundation by Susan Headden at the Lumina Foundation published by Susan Headden at the Lumina Foundation
    Some colleges use writing samples from students as assessment of learning outcomes as described in this post.
  • 8/5/2010University of Arizona writer University of Arizona by University of Arizona published by University of Arizona
    The University of Arizona seeks to fill a joint faculty/administrative position with an administrative appointment in the Office of Instruction & Assessment and a tenured faculty appointment in the College of Education. "Associate Professor, Higher Education and Assessment 45810"
  • 7/20/2010Center of Inquiry at Wabash College writer Center of Inquiry at Wabash College by Center of Inquiry at Wabash College published by Center of Inquiry at Wabash College
    August 14, 2010 is the deadline (with rolling applications afterward) to apply for the Teagle Assessment Scholar Development Program. This program is for those "using evidence to improve student learning."
  • 7/19/2010Daniel Fusch in Academic Impression Weekly Analysis writer Daniel Fusch in Academic Impression Weekly Analysis by Daniel Fusch in Academic Impression Weekly Analysis published by Daniel Fusch in Academic Impression Weekly Analysis
    Using the work of Tracy Penny Light this article describes ways to integrate e-portfolios into an assessment plan.
  • 7/15/2010U.S. Department of Education writer U.S. Department of Education by U.S. Department of Education published by U.S. Department of Education
    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the new members of the Committee on Measures of Student Success.
  • What's on your website?
    7/15/2010Eric Hoover in blog for The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Eric Hoover in blog for The Chronicle of Higher Education by Eric Hoover in blog for The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Eric Hoover in blog for The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Discussing the new NILOA webscan report, both the Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed briefly discuss the main findings.

  • 7/15/2010Stacey Zis, Marianne Boeke and Peter Ewell at NCHEMS writer Stacey Zis, Marianne Boeke and Peter Ewell at NCHEMS by Stacey Zis, Marianne Boeke and Peter Ewell at NCHEMS published by Stacey Zis, Marianne Boeke and Peter Ewell at NCHEMS
    This new report from NCHEMS highlights the results of an inventory of Fifty-states and the state policies on the assessment of student learning outcomes. Clicking this will link you to the pdf of the report.
  • 7/13/2010Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed writer Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed by Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed published by Elizabeth Redden in Inside Higher Ed
    In this article, the author discusses the academic outcomes of study abroad across the University System of Georgia in a ten year study: higher GPAs, increased cultural understanding, and higher graduation rates.
  • 7/13/2010David Moltz at Inside Higher Education writer David Moltz at Inside Higher Education by David Moltz at Inside Higher Education published by David Moltz at Inside Higher Education
    An article on how Community College of the District of Columbia is building assessment into the campus culture.
  • 7/12/2010Doug Bennett, President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College writer Doug Bennett, President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College by Doug Bennett, President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College published by Doug Bennett, President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College
    President Bennett posts in his blog about Earlham, both issues for "his campus community as well as issues of national significance in higher education."
  • 6/28/2010Routledge Education writer Routledge Education by Routledge Education published by Routledge Education
    For a limited time, Routledge Education is making some of their outcomes assessment materials free. Click here for the titles and links to the articles.
  • 6/25/2010NILOA writer NILOA by NILOA published by NILOA
    The June Newsletter for NILOA is now available. The newsletters are posted online but you can also join our email list to receive these newsletters in your inbox. To join, click on the top right of this box on "Join our Email List" or go to the NILOA website at: learningoutcomesassessment.org
  • 6/24/2010Molly Corbett Broad in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Molly Corbett Broad in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Molly Corbett Broad in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by Molly Corbett Broad in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Molly Corbett Broad, on the NILOA National Advisory Panel and President of American Council on Education, writes this piece on the increased demands on improving performance and the appropriate response from colleges.
  • 6/24/2010Clifford Adelman in Inside Higher Ed writer Clifford Adelman in Inside Higher Ed by Clifford Adelman in Inside Higher Ed published by Clifford Adelman in Inside Higher Ed
    In this article, the author questions the use of the word accountability, tracing the history of it to potential uses of it.
  • 6/23/2010Kevin Carey in The Chronicle for Higher Education writer Kevin Carey in The Chronicle for Higher Education by Kevin Carey in The Chronicle for Higher Education published by Kevin Carey in The Chronicle for Higher Education
    This Chronicle blog post gives voice to faculty involved in the Tuning project and provides a link to the Utah Tuning report.
  • 6/8/2010NILOA updates writer NILOA updates by NILOA updates published by NILOA updates
    The presentations that NILOA made at AIR 50th Annual Forum are now available on the website.
  • 6/2/2010David Glenn writer David Glenn by David Glenn published by David Glenn
    New research shows the results on Collegiate Learning Assessment was strongly tied to how long they spent taking it.
  • 6/1/2010Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed
    If you weren't able to make it to the AIR 50th Forum, here is an article sharing some highlights.
  • 5/28/2010Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Education writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Education by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Education published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Education
    This article discusses faculty role in assessment efforts, highlighting NILOA's fourth Occasional Paper written by Pat Hutchins.
  • 5/3/2010Matthew Mayhew, Kim Vanderlinden, Eun Kim in Research in Higher Education writer Matthew Mayhew, Kim Vanderlinden, Eun Kim in Research in Higher Education by Matthew Mayhew, Kim Vanderlinden, Eun Kim in Research in Higher Education published by Matthew Mayhew, Kim Vanderlinden, Eun Kim in Research in Higher Education
    This journal article discusses an assessment of orientation programs on student learning. Requires login.
  • 4/30/2010AAC&U writer AAC&U by AAC&U published by AAC&U
    This new issue of Peer Review from AAC&U has a number of articles about how departments are developing assessment approaches to student learning.
  • 4/30/2010Victor M.H. Borden in Inside Higher Education writer Victor M.H. Borden in Inside Higher Education by Victor M.H. Borden in Inside Higher Education published by Victor M.H. Borden in Inside Higher Education
    This article discusses tension between accountability and improvement for professionals and policy makers.
  • 4/26/2010Andrew P. Kelly and Chad Alderman at American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research writer Andrew P. Kelly and Chad Alderman at American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research by Andrew P. Kelly and Chad Alderman at American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research published by Andrew P. Kelly and Chad Alderman at American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
    This AEI series article describes ways in which voluntary accountability systems miss the mark by not allowing consumers to make comparisons.
  • 4/26/2010W. Robert Connor and Cheryl Ching in The Chronicle of Higher Education writer W. Robert Connor and Cheryl Ching in The Chronicle of Higher Education by W. Robert Connor and Cheryl Ching in The Chronicle of Higher Education published by W. Robert Connor and Cheryl Ching in The Chronicle of Higher Education
    A commentary piece on how learning can be improved with ten questions guiding conversations about learning outcomes and assessment.
  • 4/20/2010Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Education writer Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Education by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Education published by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Education
    This article discusses the attempts for a national accountability system at the community college level, Voluntary Framework of Accountability.
  • 4/19/2010Carol Geary Schneider, President of AAC&U writer Carol Geary Schneider, President of AAC&U by Carol Geary Schneider, President of AAC&U published by Carol Geary Schneider, President of AAC&U
    This statement responds to the National Governor's Association and CCSSO's release of common standards, pushing for these goals to become reality.
  • 4/6/2010AFT Higher Education writer AFT Higher Education by AFT Higher Education published by AFT Higher Education
    AFT has launched a website on student success and college accountability.
  • 4/5/2010AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities) writer AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities) by AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities) published by AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities)
    This new publication provides advice on using rubrics for assessment.
  • 4/2/2010Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) writer Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) by Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) published by Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
    The publication provides information and data from a multi-institutional study on Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and adult student outcomes.
  • 3/31/2010American Council on Education writer American Council on Education by American Council on Education published by American Council on Education
    A re-released and updated ACE publication, co-authored by NILOA Peter Ewell suggest a new system for assigning academic credit.
  • 3/24/2010Change Magazine writer Change Magazine by Change Magazine published by Change Magazine
    This current issue of Change magazine has two articles of interest,"Taking Teaching to (Performance) Task: Linking Pedagogical and Assessment Practices" by Marc Chun and "The Evolution of Assessment Policy: A View from Virginia" by T. Dary Erwin and Joseph G. DeFilippo. Requires login.
  • 3/10/2010Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) writer Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) by Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) published by Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
    CHEA has prepared a statement on "Effective Practices: The Role of Accreditation in Student Achievement" to describe accreditation practices that are especially valuable as institutions and programs address student achievement.
  • 3/2/2010Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed
    A new report about public accountability measures (UCAN, VSA) do not live up to their promise as described in this news piece.
  • 2/23/2010Gary A. Olson in The Chronicle of Higher Education advice column writer Gary A. Olson in The Chronicle of Higher Education advice column by Gary A. Olson in The Chronicle of Higher Education advice column published by Gary A. Olson in The Chronicle of Higher Education advice column
    A general piece about accountability and why we do it.
  • 2/22/2010Dean Dad in Confession of a College Dean at Insider Higher Ed writer Dean Dad in Confession of a College Dean at Insider Higher Ed by Dean Dad in Confession of a College Dean at Insider Higher Ed published by Dean Dad in Confession of a College Dean at Insider Higher Ed
    This blog post discusses assessment and ideas of transparency as demonstrated through marketing.
  • 2/15/2010Mary Dwyer in Macleans writer Mary Dwyer in Macleans by Mary Dwyer in Macleans published by Mary Dwyer in Macleans
    The results (as well as a brief word of what these surveys are about) of this year's NSSE and CUSC (Canadian University Survey Consortium) are discussed in this article.
  • 2/11/2010AAC&U writer AAC&U by AAC&U published by AAC&U
    In the Fall issue of Peer Review, the focus is on study abroad programs and looking at learning outcomes. Many of the articles are available online.
  • 1/28/2010Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle writer Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle by Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle published by Eric Kelderman in The Chronicle
    Martha Kanter calls for more transparency in the way higher education does accreditation.
  • 1/28/2010Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed and Aisha Labi in the Chronicle writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed and Aisha Labi in the Chronicle by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed and Aisha Labi in the Chronicle published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed and Aisha Labi in the Chronicle
    This article discusses the possibility of having a world learning outcomes assessment spearheaded by the OECD.
  • 1/27/2010Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed
    Another article about AAC&U's meeting and the ongoing conversation about assessment-- if it's enough, how it should be done, and why.
  • 1/26/2010Douglas C. Bennett in Inside Higher Ed writer Douglas C. Bennett in Inside Higher Ed by Douglas C. Bennett in Inside Higher Ed published by Douglas C. Bennett in Inside Higher Ed
    Bennett suggests each institution having a public learning audit document and gives the example of what this means for Earlham College as a way for public accountability.
  • 1/22/2010
    CIC's Presidents Institute was held from Jan 4-7. Many of the keynote sessions and plenary talks are available online. Of note, the closing plenary featuring Bob Shireman, Sylvia Manning, Peter Ewell, and Ed Welch addressed the issue of quality assurance in higher education.
  • 1/22/2010Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed writer Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed published by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed
    Highlighting the work of the New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning as presented at the annual meeting of AAC&U
  • 1/21/2010

    This USA Today article starts with the question of the value of a college degree.  As referenced in the article, the AAC&U's statement, "Quality Imperative" can be downloaded by clicking here. Inside Higher Ed also has an article discussing this report.

  • 1/18/2010
    Judith Eaton writes about a new era in accreditation in this Inside Higher Ed article. Eaton discusses the key characteristics of accreditation and accountability today.
  • 1/11/2010
    This Chronicle article discusses the reaction of law schools to the American Bar Association suggestions for standards and assessments.
  • 1/7/2010
    The 2008 annual results of the Law School Survey of Engagement is released today. This Inside Higher Ed article highlights the findings.
  • 1/6/2010
    This Inside Higher Ed article discusses a new report by Student Success, looking at the effects of first-year, low-income student programs for retention.
  • 1/5/2010
    Megah Oakleaf is selected as the lead researcher on a project looking at the learning outcomes and value of academic libraries. PI George Kuh of NILOA sits on the advisory board for this project.
  • 1/4/2010
    While many schools have the learning outcome of critical thinking, this Chronicle opinion article explores the implications.
  • 12/11/2009
    Recapping conversations from the annual meeting of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, this Inside Higher Ed article focuses on the need to use assessments and tips on how to do so.
  • 12/8/2009
    The University of Phoenix has released its second academic annual report sparking conversation about accountability and transparency. This Inside Higher Ed article identifies the complex dynamics of the report from a for-profit school.
  • 12/4/2009
    A news item in Inside Higher Ed noted that Achieving the Dream, an initiative for improvement in community colleges has appointed Dr. Wlliam Trueheart as the new CEO.
  • 12/2/2009
    The 124th annual meeting for New England Associations of Schools and Colleges is currently underway. Co-principal investigator, George Kuh from NILOA is presenting.
  • 11/25/2009
    This Chronicle ticker item highlights a new report out by the Canadian Council on Learning that calls for a national standard for learning outcomes.
  • 11/24/2009
    Mark Schneider writes for Inside Higher Ed and critically evaluates the NSSE assessment.
  • 11/24/2009
    Todd A. Weber, Director of Faculty Development at Marylhurty University writes the editors at The Chronicle with critiques of the current assessment state at universities.
  • 11/19/2009
    This interview is from the Electronic Newsletter of the Association for Institutional Research. In this feature, they summarize the results of an electronic interview with an individual institutional research practitioner.
  • 11/18/2009
    This Inside Higher Ed article covers the conversation held at American Enterprise Institute's forum on "Increasing Accountability in American Higher Education." NILOA's Senior Scholar, Peter Ewell presented. The Chronicle also has an article.
  • 11/17/2009
    This Chronicle article look at the findings from the CSSEE report, "Making Connections: Dimensions of Student Engagement."
  • 11/16/2009
    The CCSSE 2009 Annual Results report, "Making Connections: Dimensions of Student Engagement" was released today.
  • 11/10/2009
    A brief ticket item from the Chronicle about a new report from the Governors' Association on accountability and assessment.
  • 11/9/2009
    This podcast features Joe D. May talking about the need and political risks for a new accountability system that community colleges are developing for themselves.
  • NSSE reactions
    11/9/2009

    A number of articles have addressed the new NSSE report: Inside Higher Education has a commentary on the report, while the Chronicle writes about a presentation at ASHE that was critical of the report, which Inside Higher Education also had a similiar article, and USA Today ties in NSSE research with their data-- listing examples of learning outcome activities.

  • 11/9/2009
    The annual report for NSSE, a student outcome assessment tool, is now available.
  • 11/6/2009
    Implications from this viewpoint piece from Insider Higher Education is important for higher education assessment. Arguing that there will be greater accountability from the Obama administration, then higher education institutions must be ready for assessments.
  • 11/5/2009
    The designers of the VSA conducted an analysis of assessment instruments. This interesting Inside Higher Ed article discusses the history and validity of CLA, CAAP, MAAP.
  • 11/5/2009
    Academic Impressions looks at the report from NILOA and Donald Norris, president of Strategic Initiatives, Inc. and a key thinker on this issue, offers some practical strategies for moving people to take action based on assessment.
  • 11/4/2009
    The feature story in the current issue of Campus Technology looks at the long term impact of ePortfolios.
  • 11/4/2009
    At U of Minnesota, Rochester, the faculty in health science are trying something new to evaluate learning outcomes. This Chronicle article describes how the program features a uniform course sequence and collection of data on student learning.
  • 11/4/2009
    Trent Batson in this article for Campus Technology discusses the importance for student voices in assessments particularly through ePortfolios, which is also the feature of the current issue.
  • 11/3/2009
    This Chronicle article says, "colleges participating in the Voluntary System of Accountability are told the tests are compatible in determining students' attainments."
  • 11/3/2009
    This article from Inside Higher Ed highlights the new white paper on higher education from The Center for American Progress, "Putting the Customer First in College." The white paper suggests for an Office of Consumer Protection in Higher Education.
  • 11/2/2009
    This news article from Inside Higher Ed highlights how some colleges are using learning technology to predict which students will succeed in various courses, who might need help, and who might need to reconsider enrolling.
  • 10/28/2009
    A Chronicle article featuring the new NILOA report on learning outcomes and assessment, with interview bits with our Co-Principal Investigator, George Kuh.
  • 10/26/2009
    This Inside Higher Ed article highlights the work of NILOA and the recently released report on learning outcomes and assessments.
  • 10/26/2009
    This article from The Chronicle, documents questions and topics raised during the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference.
  • 10/26/2009
    This past weekend was the ten year anniversary for NSSE, this article found in Inside Higher Ed captures the significant of this celebration and raises questions for the future of assessments.
  • 10/19/2009
    A podcast interview from Inside Higher Ed: Robert Connor, from the Teagle Foundation focused on prodding colleges to confront the question of whether and how much their students are learning -- and to find ways how to show it.
  • 10/16/2009
    With pressures for more accountability are portfolios the way? This Inside Higher Ed article, by two CLA advocates, argue there are limitations since there is no standardization, it is hard to large-scale assess, and is potentially biased.
  • 10/12/2009
    Last week's announcement for a universal accountability system for community colleges has been challenged with responses like this one from Inside Higher Ed. How should the new system be measured? Looking at an example for Oregon community college.
  • 10/5/2009
    A helpful Chronicle article for those creating and administrating surveys that looks at response rates of surveys and common issues with them.
  • 9/29/2009
    RAND has just published a new report: The Collegiate Learning Assessment: Setting Standards for Performance at a College or University. Download the free pdf today.
  • 9/9/2009
    An article from Campus Technology examining the assessment tool, Sakai and the potential use for it in smaller, non-research schools as demonstrated through a case study.
  • 8/21/2009Council for Higher Education writer Council for Higher Education by Council for Higher Education published by Council for Higher Education
    Application now available for 2010 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes.
  • 8/18/2009Sara Goldrick-Rab writer Sara Goldrick-Rab by Sara Goldrick-Rab published by Sara Goldrick-Rab
    Discusses the CLA Longitudinal Study, which involves 2,300 students at 24 four-year colleges and universities to understand the gains in collegiate level learning.
  • 8/4/2009Kim Clark writer Kim Clark by Kim Clark published by Kim Clark
    Provides an overview of the perspectives on sharing test data for comparability.
  • 8/4/2009Doug Lederman writer Doug Lederman by Doug Lederman published by Doug Lederman
    Discusses the accountability system Transparency by Design.
  • 7/23/2009Association of American Colleges and Universities writer Association of American Colleges and Universities by Association of American Colleges and Universities published by Association of American Colleges and Universities
    A new blog from the LEAP (Liberal Education and America's Promise) initiative launched, which "features postings and perspectives on liberal education."
  • 7/22/2009Dan Vergano, USA TODAY writer Dan Vergano, USA TODAY by Dan Vergano, USA TODAY published by Dan Vergano, USA TODAY
  • 7/15/2009Sara Hebel writer Sara Hebel by Sara Hebel published by Sara Hebel
    Covers Stan Ikenberry's speech at the SHEEO annual meeting, where he talked about the early findings of the NILOA survey.
  • 6/2/2009Judith S. Eaton writer Judith S. Eaton by Judith S. Eaton published by Judith S. Eaton
    President of Council for Higher Education Accreditation tells of the continued demand for accountability in the new administration.
  • 6/2/2009Michelle Behr and Ingrid Walker writer Michelle Behr and Ingrid Walker by Michelle Behr and Ingrid Walker published by Michelle Behr and Ingrid Walker
    Describes six typical "maladies" to assessment and how to overcome them.
  • 5/28/2009Eduardo J. Padron writer Eduardo J. Padron by Eduardo J. Padron published by Eduardo J. Padron
    The president of Miami Dade College explains this college's learning outcomes assessment techniques.
  • 5/13/2009The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching writer The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching published by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
    Covers community colleges and asserts that new ways are needed to measure student learning.
  • 4/28/2009Hart Research Associates writer Hart Research Associates by Hart Research Associates published by Hart Research Associates
    Report based on a survey of members of The Association of American Colleges and Universities.
  • 4/28/2009
    Inside Higher Ed's compilation of articles about assessment of student learning and accountability in higher education.
  • 4/23/2009Linda Adler-Kassner and Susanmarie Harrington writer Linda Adler-Kassner and Susanmarie Harrington by Linda Adler-Kassner and Susanmarie Harrington published by Linda Adler-Kassner and Susanmarie Harrington
  • 4/9/2009Clifford Adelman, Senior Associate Institute for Higher Education Policy writer Clifford Adelman, Senior Associate Institute for Higher Education Policy by Clifford Adelman, Senior Associate Institute for Higher Education Policy published by Clifford Adelman, Senior Associate Institute for Higher Education Policy
  • 4/8/2009Scott Jaschik writer Scott Jaschik by Scott Jaschik published by Scott Jaschik
    Three states adopt European model of assessing student learning.
  • 3/6/2009
    Welcome to the newly created NILOA Web site! Check back as we add more information.
  • 3/5/2009Bill Cerbin writer Bill Cerbin by Bill Cerbin published by Bill Cerbin
    Carnegie Perspectives . . . A different way to think about assessment of student learning
  • Who Really Pays for Assessment?
    3/2/2009Unfunded Mandate writer Unfunded Mandate by Unfunded Mandate published by Unfunded Mandate
    The author contemplates the monetary and staffing resources required for new assessment practices.
  • 1/23/2009Scott Jaschik writer Scott Jaschik by Scott Jaschik published by Scott Jaschik
    Describes the conversations around assessment at the AAC&U meeting, and mentions the National Institute of Learning Outcome Assessment as a new resource.
  • 12/3/2008http://www.highereducation.org/ writer http://www.highereducation.org/ by http://www.highereducation.org/ published by http://www.highereducation.org/
    Provides state-by-state evaluations of their efforts to measure student learning.
  • 11/10/2008Scott Jaschik writer Scott Jaschik by Scott Jaschik published by Scott Jaschik
    Reports on a study of the Collegiate Learning Assessment.
  • 11/8/2008Peter T. Ewell writer Peter T. Ewell by Peter T. Ewell published by Peter T. Ewell
    Examines the state of assessing learning since Measuring UP 2000 in preparation for Measuring Up 2008.
  • 11/3/2008Social Science Research Council writer Social Science Research Council by Social Science Research Council published by Social Science Research Council
    By Richard Arum, New York University and Social Science Research Council Josipa Roksa, University of Virginia, with Melissa Velez, New York University Studies factors that contribute to student learning in higher education, using the Collegiate Learning Assessment as a tool.
  • 10/8/2008Victor M. H. Borden, Gary R. Pike writer Victor M. H. Borden, Gary R. Pike by Victor M. H. Borden, Gary R. Pike published by Victor M. H. Borden, Gary R. Pike
    Provides research on what is happening in the realm of student learning assessment on campuses Volume 2008 Issue S1 (Autumn (Fall) 2008) Special Issue: Assessing and Accounting for Student Learning: Beyond the Spellings Commission
  • 9/29/2008Doug Lederman writer Doug Lederman by Doug Lederman published by Doug Lederman
    Argues that institutions are now listing increasingly more details in increasingly more places to prove they are accountable.
  • 8/1/2008Paul Basken writer Paul Basken by Paul Basken published by Paul Basken
    Reports on the life of the Spellings Commission report after the change in office.
  • 7/15/2008Judith Eaton writer Judith Eaton by Judith Eaton published by Judith Eaton
    Presents information on CHEA award recipients.
  • 7/3/2008OECD writer OECD by OECD published by OECD
    Serves as a planning document on the OECD’s plans for assessing student learning.