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NILOA Newsletters 2015

We send out monthly newsletters about the work we are doing at NILOA. Sign up here to receive these newsletters.

January 2015
This month, NILOA is pleased to to present a Viewpoint from Stan Ikenberry and George Kuh about Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education, a new book from NILOA staff and senior scholars.  In addition, we feature an Assessment in Practice by Keri Nunn-Ellison, Larraine Kapka, Jackie Myers, Heidi McGrew, Janeil Bernheisel, and Jared Cutler about the Curriculum & Assessment (C&A) Track at Sinclair Community College.

February 2015
This month's newsletter is chock full of new resources. It features an occasional paper from Clifford Adelman, To Imagine a Verb: The Language and Syntax of Learning Outcomes Statements. It also includes a viewpoint from Pat Hutchings, Jillian Kinzie, and George Kuh, an assessment in practice from Christie Cruise-Harper about Maryville University, a featured website from Ferris State University, a DQP in Practice from Oregon Institute of Technology, and a DQP case study of the American Public University System by Jillian Kinzie.

March 2015
If you are an institution or faculty/staff member involved in DQP and/or Tuning related efforts, please take a few moments to complete an Institutional Activity Report to help us better understand engagement with, and use of, the DQP/Tuning. The activity report can be found here. Please complete the form by March 31.

April 2015
In addition to our standard features, we are especially pleased to announce a special report, Focused on What Matters: Learning Outcomes Assessment at Minority-Serving Institutions, co-sponsored by NILOA and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. We also encourage you to read the informative Viewpoint by Paul Gaston that discusses the relationships between several national efforts to improve teaching and learning.

May 2015
This Newsletter includes the release of a new NILOA Occasional Paper by David Eubanks, Associate Dean of Faculty for Institutional Research and Assessment at Eckerd College, and David Gliem, Associate Professor and Chair of the Educational Assessment Committee also at Eckerd College. In addition, we bring to you a Viewpoint from Hamish Coates, Chair of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, an Assessment in Practice piece from the University of Dayton, and a featured website from the University of California-Irvine.

June 2015
This month's newsletter contains a Featured Website from The Ohio State University Center for the Study of Student Life (CSSL). Also, in the DQP Update section is a warm, sincere invitation to submit assignments to the DQP Assignment Library.

July 2015
This month's NILOA Newsletter includes a Viewpoint, Learning Oriented Assessment in Practice, by David Carless at the University of Hong Kong, a featured website from Rochester Institute of Technology, and DQP Updates along with news items and information regarding conferences and programs.

August 2015
This month’s NILOA newsletter features a Viewpoint from Michael Bassis, The Transformation of Higher Education in Americas: Understanding the Changing Landscape, which introduces a compendium of resources for those interested in pursuing the topic further that is available on our website. It is an annotated collection of material that describes and analyzes the changing landscape of American higher education. We also highlight the Texas A&M University Student Life Studies website, along with news items, and information on upcoming conferences and programs.

September 2015
This month's newsletter includes an Assessment in Practice from Anke C. Buttner from the University of Birmingham, Finding the Way in the Assessment Landscape: Developing an Effective Assessment Map, a featured website from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, a DQP Update on DQP/Tuning Coaches, and information on news and upcoming events and programs.

October 2015
The 2015 Assessment Institute is later this month, and we at NILOA could not be more excited. Below, please read about NILOA’s Track at the Assessment Institute and the various featured sections of this month’s newsletter. We have a Viewpoint from Susan Platt and Sharlene Sayegh from California State University at Long Beach, an Assessment in Practice piece from Sharra Hynes, Myron Pope, Patricia Loughlin, and Sonya Watkins at the University of Central Oklahoma, and a Featured Website from the University of Montana. Plus, as is our custom, we have information on pertinent news and upcoming conferences and events.

November 2015
This month's newsletter includes an Assessment in Practice from Hazel L. Marzetti from the University of Edinburgh, Leading Enhancement in Assessment and Feedback at the University of Edinburgh, a Featured Website from Wayne State University, a NILOA Update inviting you to peruse our 25 Occasional Papers, and information on news and upcoming events and programs. Also, as promised, the presentations from this year's NILOA Track at the 2015 Assessment Institute are now available on the NILOA website.You can find them here.

December 2015
Please take a moment and read our 2015 Year-End Note offering a brief overview of NILOA activities the past 12 months. This month's newsletter features information on NILOA's Transparency Framework, a featured website from Dixie State University, information on Capstones as we continue to highlight various DQP Resources, a reminder to schedule a visit from one of our DQP/Tuning Coaches, and our customary news items and list of upcoming conferences and programs.