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NILOA In the Field

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January 2018

It was a very busy start of the 2018 for NILOA. In January, our staff and senior scholars participated in Pikes Peak Community College’s annual Professional Development Week, WASC Assignment Design Charrette and AAC&U 2018 Annual Meeting: Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?

Pikes Peak Community College’s annual Professional Development Week took place in Colorado Springs, CO on January 8th, 2018. NILOA’s Senior Scholar and Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. George Kuh delivered a keynote about student success, assessment, and the promise of high-impact practices at both the Centennial and Rampart Range campuses in Colorado Springs, CO.

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is home to Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), which provides leadership, support, and advocacy for effective pedagogy, andragogy, and initiatives designed with a commitment to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning. CETL seeks to cultivate an institutional culture that encourages, values, and rewards professional development as well as college-wide collaboration with a focus on improving the student experience through successful completion at PPCC.

WSCUC Assignment Design Charrette took place in Pomona, CA on January 16, 2018. NILOA’s Director, Dr. Natasha Jankowski, facilitated the charrette along with NILOA’s Senior Scholar, Dr. David Marshall.
Briefly, "Charrette" (Fr.) means a small cart. Its origins lie in architecture studies, where students deposited their assignments in a cart that was rolled through the studio. Architects now use the word to refer to an intense collaborative, creative effort in a limited time period. Similarly, an assignment charrette is based on the same concept, where faculty collaboratively peer review a variety of assignments in a limited timeframe. To request a NILOA Coach, who can facilitate a charrette, please submit a NILOA Coach request form, which can be found here. Resources and materials on facilitating an assignment charrette at your own institution can be found here.
The presentation on assignment design session can be found here.

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is a regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the Commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.

AAC&U 2018 Annual Meeting: Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream? took place in Washington, D.C., between January 24th-27th, 2018. AAC&U is NILOA’s longtime partner and traditionally, most of our senior scholars attend the meeting every year, many delivering presentations and facilitating workshops. This year, NILOA’s Director, Dr. Natasha Jankowski, along with Dr. Jillian Kinzie, NILOA Senior Scholar, and Dr. Pat Hutchings, NILOA Senior Scholar, facilitated a discussion session: A Portrait of Assessment that Supports Student Success. According to Dr. Hutchings, the session was mostly focused on NILOA’s work on assignment design as a way of expanding on provost survey findings about the value of more embedded approaches to assessment. The presentation from the session can be found here.

Furthermore, Dr. Natasha Jankowski, with Dr. David Marshall, NILOA Senior Scholar, Andrea Beach, Western Michigan University, Bret Eynon, LaGuardia Community College, Laura Gambino, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, and Peggy Maki, hosted a panel: Preparing Faculty and Future Faculty for Emergent Trends in Assessment. Signing of a book authored by Drs. Jankowski and Marshall, Degrees that Matter, was held in the session room immediately following the presentation.

Additionally, during the Annual Meeting, NILOA’s Senior Scholar, Dr. Peter Ewell participated in a session hosted by the editor of Change Magazine, David Paris. According to Dr. Ewell, assessment was noted as a prominent topic over the last fifty years of Change publication. Furthermore, Dr. Ewell was a panelist with a fellow NILOA Senior Scholar, Dr. Pat Hutchings on a presentation by TRESTLE—a multi-member NSF-funded curricular change project. Finally, Dr. Hutchings, along with Mary Deane Sorcinelli, also facilitated a session about building a culture of teaching and learning, and the role that assessment would play in such a culture.

Furthermore, Dr. Jillian Kinzie, NILOA Senior Scholar, delivered multiple presentations, including Assessing Inclusiveness and Engagement with Cultural Diversity: Assuring Success for All, Uniting Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, Close Correlation or Discouraging Disconnect: The Impact of Internationalization Efforts on Student Global Learning.

Finally, Dr. Paul Lingenfelter, NILOA Senior Scholar, attended the NSSE National Advisory Board meeting and joined fellow NILOA Senior Scholars in AAC&U Annual Meeting.

Excellence in Assessment Designations

The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program – the first national designation of its kind – spotlights institutions successfully integrating assessment practices across campus, providing evidence of student learning outcomes, and using assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.

The EIA designation was created to further the development of a coherent narrative around assessment efforts and provide a variety of examples of excellence in assessment to the field. Instead of providing a bullet list of processes, the designation asked institutional applicants to craft a narrative, sharing why they were undertaking assessment in the manner they were, based on their mission and student population. Further, the focus on aligned assessment processes that build from classroom-based assessment helps institutions with a coherent, collaborative approach to assessing student learning.

Similary to last year, 2017 EIA Designees Award Ceremony took place during the AAC&U Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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James Madison University - Sustained Excellence

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Southern Connecticut State University

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"The complex, diverse learning goals, of postsecondary education do not justify a passive approach to student achievement. It is heartening to see state policy and institutional leaders working together to collect evidence of student learning and pursue continuous improvement."

Paul Lingenfelter

Paul E. Lingenfelter
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