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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment


NILOA Reports

The NILOA reports section directs you to the major research projects of NILOA. NILOA undertakes a variety of national surveys and research projects to examine the depth and breadth of student learning outcomes assessment at accredited colleges and universities across the United States. Occasional Paper

Located in Occasional Papers are papers commissioned by NILOA that examine contemporary issues and inform the academic community of the current state-of-the art of assessing learning outcomes in American higher education.

Transparency FrameworkOur Transparency Framework is a tool developed by NILOA intended to help institutions evaluate the extent to which they are making evidence of student accomplishment readily accessible and potentially useful and meaningful to various audiences. The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designation, which is directly linked to NILOA’s Transparency Framework, is the first national program designed to recognize institutions engaging in intentional, integrated campus-wide assessment. The EIA Designation is co-sponsored by the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), NILOA and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)..

Cross ExampleExamples of Good Assessment Practice are short, instructive case studies to develop a better understanding of what “good work” looks like related to assessment, data-informed improvement, and transparency at the institutional level. The Examples feature colleges and universities that appear to be using assessment data to effect changes in teaching and learning or reporting their activities and findings in an accessible manner.

Commissioned Assessment Briefs provide a short, informative guide on the nature and practical use of assessment evidence that is targeted to a particular audience. Assessment briefs for faculty and student affairs professionals are available.

Under Assessment Literature Archive, readers will find links to past assessment articles as well as the American Association of Higher Education Principles written in 1992 with a letter written by Pat Hutchings, Peter Ewell and Trudy Banta providing an overview of the development of AAHE's Principles and their continuing relevance today.

Measuring Quality is an online Measuring Quality Inventoryinventory of assessment resources, presented in a partnership with AIR and ACE, designed to assist higher education faculty and staff in the challenging task of assessing academic and support programs as well as institutional effectiveness, more broadly.

Viewpoints are invited pieces from learning outcomes experts and thought leaders to help spark further conversations and actions to help advance the field of student learning outcomes assessment.

NILOA Presentations given by NILOA staff at academic and professional conferences are provided here.

NILOA Newsletters are sent out monthly to help inform readers about the work we are doing at NILOA, news articles pertinent to student learning outcomes assessment, and a list of upcoming conferences and programs related to assessment.

NILOA Book The scholars at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) present a reframed conception and approach to student learning outcomes assessment. The authors explain why it is counterproductive to view collecting and using evidence of student accomplishment as primarily a compliance activity.

"For several months I struggled to teach myself about learning outcomes and assessment in higher education. And then in October 2009 I found NILOA. In one place, I found current information and plenty of helpful resources. Its national survey results provide a big picture, the occasional papers provide thoughtful commentary and analysis, and the tool kit gave me excellent descriptive information on assessment measures and links to longer documents. All this was extremely helpful to me and easy to use."

Patricia Crosson

Patricia Crosson
Senior Adviser for Academic Policy
Department of Higher Education
Commonwealth of Massachusetts