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Montenegro, Erick; Jankowski, Natasha A. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2017
As colleges educate a more diverse and global student population, there is increased need to ensure every student succeeds regardless of their differences. This paper explores the relationship between equity and assessment, addressing the question: how consequential can assessment be to learning when assessment approaches may not be inclusive of…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Cultural Relevance
Marshall, David W. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2017
Tuning, as a methodology, implies a philosophy of curriculum design, pedagogy, and assignment design. It implies that successful study in a discipline depends on intentional construction of learning experiences for students. Intentional construction of learning experiences requires an understanding of the learning goals set forth by faculty for…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Teaching Methods, Instructional Design, Educational Objectives
Hutchings, Pat – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2016
The notion of alignment has become increasingly prominent in efforts to improve student learning today. The term, as used in this paper, refers to the linking of intended student learning outcomes with the processes and practices needed to foster those outcomes. Alignment is not a new idea, but it has become more salient as increasing numbers of…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Outcomes of Education, Alignment (Education), Educational Objectives
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2016
This National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) policy statement outlines the warrant for multiple, systematic approaches to obtain evidence of authentic student achievement. The importance of assessing student learning in college has yet to capture the attention of policy makers or the public. Indeed, few outside the academy know…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Quality, Educational Policy, Position Papers
Banta, Trudy W.; Ewell, Peter T.; Cogswell, Cynthia A. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2016
At some future point, when a definitive history of the assessment movement is written, one of the most frequently cited, influential publications will be "Assessment Update" ("AU"). Since 1989, this bimonthly newsletter has been published by Jossey-Bass in partnership with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Foreign Countries, Accountability, Evaluation Methods
Singer-Freeman, Karen; Bastone, Linda – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2016
Many students begin their college experience enrolled in large introductory classes. These classes are likely to enroll students who are at risk of leaving college without a degree. As such, these classes have the potential to reach at-risk students including first-year, first-generation, undeclared, and underrepresented minority (URM) students.…
Descriptors: Small Classes, Class Size, Large Group Instruction, Evidence Based Practice
Jankowski, Natasha A.; Giffin, Laura – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2016
Examples from the field indicates that effectively using the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) can benefit both students and institutions (Jankowski & Giffin, 2016). But what does "effective use" entail and how does it unfold? That is, what is the nature of the process that makes it possible for institutions to use the DQP to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Educational Change
Jankowski, Natasha A.; Giffin, Laura – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2016
Following the release of the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) in 2011, many institutions of various types tried out different ways to use the DQP. Although over 680 institutions have used the DQP to date, until now the impact of the DQP on institutions and students has not been documented in a systematic manner. To determine the effects of DQP…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Educational Improvement, Institutional Cooperation, Departments
Adelman, Clifford – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2015
This essay provides language-centered principles, guidelines and tools for writing student learning outcome statements. It is focused on syntax and semantics, and takes considerable issue with both the lack of such guidance in earlier literature and specific words, phrases, tenses, voices, and abstraction in diction levels, along with ellipses and…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Guidelines, Syntax, Semantics
Eubanks, David; Gliem, David – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2015
Technology can change higher education by empowering students to make an impact on the world as undergraduates. Done systematically, this would allow institutions to close the credibility gap with an increasingly dubious public. Authentic student achievements that are addressed to a "real world" audience can lead to richly detailed…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Practices, Program Implementation, Assignments
Cain, Timothy Reese – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2014
Scholars and practitioners of learning outcomes assessment widely recognize the importance of faculty engagement with the planning and implementation of assessment activities. Yet garnering participation by the majority of faculty has remained a significant challenge due in part to faculty concerns over the purposes of assessment, the value that…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Academic Freedom, College Faculty, Outcome Measures
Hutchings, Pat; Jankowski, Natasha A.; Ewell, Peter T. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2014
The Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) first released by Lumina Foundation in 2011 and revised in 2014 sets forth a vision of what students should know and be able to do at the associate, bachelor's, and master's levels. It also carries an important message about assessment. Unlike the popular model of assessment as a sampling of…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Degree Requirements, Assignments
Fulcher, Keston H.; Good, Megan R.; Coleman, Chris M.; Smith, Kristen L. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2014
Assessing learning does not by itself result in increased student accomplishment, much like a pig never fattened up because it was weighed. Indeed, recent research shows that while institutions are more regularly engaging in assessment, they have little to show in the way of stronger student performance. This paper clarifies how assessment results…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Utilization, College Students
Cooper, Tammi; Terrell, Trent – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2013
Assessment activities have proliferated over the last decade at institutions of higher education. While assessment is useful for institutional improvement, this proliferation has in part been due to greater pressures from regional accreditors on institutions to meet assessment requirements. These higher expectations have led to new expenditures on…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Colleges, Accreditation (Institutions), Expenditures
Ewell, Peter T. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2013
In January 2011, the Lumina Foundation published its Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) to challenge faculty and academic leaders in the U.S. to think deeply and concretely about aligning expectations for student learning outcomes across higher education. Since then, the DQP has kindled extensive discussions about what the postsecondary degrees…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Outcomes of Education, Mastery Learning, Colleges
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