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Jankowski, Natasha – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2021
In the field of education, we bump constantly into buzzwords, pass unclear phrases in the hall, and greet acronyms as good friends. Yet rarely is it that we unpack or critically examine what is meant when phrases are uttered. What does it actually "mean" to "enhance institutional effectiveness"? To "foster synergy"?…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Story Telling, Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation
Busby, A. Katherine; Aaron, Robert W. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2021
Just over ten years ago, John Schuh and Ann Gansemer-Topf authored NILOA Occasional Paper #7, "The Role of Student Affairs in Student Learning Assessment" (2010). The authors identified contributions and challenges for student affairs assessment and called on student affairs professionals not only to develop meaningful programs and…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation
Finney, Sara J.; Wells, Jennifer B.; Henning, Gavin W. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2021
On their own, student learning and development outcomes assessment data have limited utility for improving programming. We believe outcomes data should not be collected until two fundamental questions can be answered: "Why should this programming result in the desired outcome?" (i.e., program theory) and "Was the intended…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Fidelity, College Outcomes Assessment, Behavioral Objectives
Curtis, Nicholas; Anderson, Robin – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2021
In her April 2010 NILOA paper, "Opening Doors to Faculty Involvement in Assessment," Pat Hutchings called for institutions to involve students in assessment, citing the potential to increase faculty engagement. In Curtis and Anderson (2020), the first author interviewed numerous partnership experts in both the United Kingdom and the…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Outcomes of Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Outcome Measures
Henning, Gavin W.; Robbins, Rich; Andes, Stacy – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2020
Holistic student learning has been a hallmark of U.S. higher education since the early 20th Century when the American Council on Education (ACE) published the "Student Personnel Point of View" (SPPV) in 1937, reaffirming time and again that learning happens both inside and outside of the classroom. To consider students' holistic…
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, Higher Education, College Students, Evaluation Methods
Singer-Freeman, Karen; Robinson, Christine – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2020
A number of national and international organizations have compiled lists of grand challenges to unify the efforts of scholars and practitioners in a field. Unified efforts increase the possibility of creating meaningful and lasting progress. In this paper we share ten grand challenges that were identified through an examination of the assessment…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Outcomes Assessment, Innovation, Budgeting
Montenegro, Erick; Jankowski, Natasha A. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2020
Entering into a new decade with an even more diversified college student population will not only require more assessment models involving students but also deeper professional development of institutional representatives key to student learning. Reflecting upon the conversations over the last three years around culturally responsive assessment…
Descriptors: College Students, Cultural Relevance, Student Evaluation, College Outcomes Assessment
Hong, Rebecca C.; Moloney, Kara – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2020
The United States is in a period of reckoning from which institutions of higher education are not exempt. Rather, we exist at the intersection of the chaos wrought by the novel coronavirus and the spread of outrage about systemic racism beyond Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC) communities. The resulting almost universal sense of loss…
Descriptors: College Students, College Outcomes Assessment, Systems Approach, Student Evaluation
Jankowski, Natasha A.; Baker, Gianina R. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2020
Stronger connections are needed between employers and higher education, however, questions abound about how best to work in partnership. Stemming from various conversations with members of the higher education and employer communities, this Occasional Paper provides tips for fostering successful partnerships and collaboration. Three lessons…
Descriptors: School Business Relationship, Higher Education, Employers, Partnerships in Education
Eggleston, Tami – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2020
In October of 2019, I presented at the IUPUI Assessment Institute in Indianapolis on the topic of academic program review. While almost every campus conducts program reviews, the definition, purpose, structure, and integration of assessment in program reviews is not universally understood, accepted, or implemented. This paper summarizes essential…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, College Programs, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Improvement
Eggleston, Tami – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2020
"Program Review and Assessment for Continuous Improvement: Asking the Right Questions. Occasional Paper No. 48" summarizes essential questions and discussions campuses should have regarding academic program reviews and the integration of assessment into such reviews. This document contains the following Appendices related to that paper:…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, College Programs, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Improvement
Jankowski, Natasha A.; Baker, Gianina R. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2020
This Occasional Paper outlines lessons learned about mapping and assessing learning in student affairs and student employment. Over the last three years, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) assisted institutions developing Comprehensive Learner Records and scaling high-impact practices. In each of these initiatives,…
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Student Personnel Services, Student Employment, College Students
Baker, Gianina R.; Jankowski, Natasha A. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2020
Traditionally, transcripts present a collection of lists of courses and grades in a format valuable for trading information between and among institutions of higher education. What if transcripts were reimagined to not only provide information on credits earned, but also provide information on learning acquired both inside and outside the…
Descriptors: Student Records, Student Evaluation, College Students, Outcomes of Education
Jankowski, Natasha A. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2020
In March 2020, institutions abruptly pivoted to remote instruction, sending students, faculty, and staff away from college campuses in response to COVID-19. In June 2020, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) launched a survey to capture a snapshot of assessment-related changes made during Spring 2020 in response to the…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Student Evaluation, Distance Education
Orr, Verna F. – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, 2020
At this transformational moment in history, this report takes time to center Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) within the assessment realm; from teaching and learning experiences to internal and external mandates, from accreditation requirements to advocacy and agency. This work requires more than a statement composed of…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Student Development
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