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NILOA Newsletters 2013

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January 2013
This January 2013 edition of the NILOA newsletter features NILOA's 16th Occasional Paper, The Lumina Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP): Implications for Assessment. The lead author is Peter Ewell from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). The paper also includes an Afterword by Carol Geary Schneider from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

February 2013
This edition of the NILOA newsletter features NILOA's 17th Occasional Paper, Changing Institutional Culture to Promote Assessment of Higher Learning by Richard H. Hersh and Richard P. Keeling.

March 2013
NILOA is pleased to announce that in April 2013 we will launch our second survey of chief academic officers. The questions focus on institutional level student learning outcomes assessment activities and the results will update the findings from NILOA's first national survey conducted in 2009. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. With foundation support and assistance from several higher education associations, NILOA will send the survey to all accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States to gain a current picture of outcome assessment practices nationwide.

April 2013
NILOA's website now features an Assessment Archive containing literature on assessment as well as a new Assignment Examples page where you will see the kinds of work expected by students that represent one or more DQP competencies at a specific degree level.

May 2013
On April 9, NILOA launched its second National Survey of Chief Academic Officers. Click here to see a copy of the survey. NILOA will host its fifth webinar in a series on assessment and the Degree Qualifications Profile on Friday, May 17, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 CDT. This webinar will feature DQP author Paul Gaston.

June 2013
NILOA is now on Facebook and Twitter! Please check us out on our Facebook page and Twitter account. NILOA's second national survey of provosts is still in the field. A reminder was sent at the end of May to Chief Academic Officers at four and two-year institutions to complete the questionnaire. With the Higher Education Act expiring at the end of 2013, and Congressional action on the reauthorization looming, we need to know more about current assessment practices.

July 2013
NILOA's 2013 national survey of Chief Academic Officers and institutional assessment practice is in the final stages of data collection. Findings from this study will provide needed information about how student outcomes assessment results are being used to improve teaching and learning.

August 2013
This edition of the NILOA newsletter features NILOA's 18th Occasional Paper, What are Institutions Spending on Assessment? Is It Worth the Cost? by Tammi Cooper and Trent Terrell from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

September 2013
NILOA is pleased to announce that Lumina Foundation has funded another initiative to support campus work with the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). In coming months, a small number of faculty from colleges and universities around the country will work with NILOA to create and make available an online library of high-quality, peer-endorsed assignments linked to DQP outcomes. This work will build on and further stimulate institutional efforts already underway, engaging faculty at the grassroots level in ways that promise to enhance student learning. Assignments are central to the DQP vision of assessment, as explained in the 2013 paper by Peter Ewell and Carol Geary Schneider.

October 2013
The Assessment Institute in Indianapolis is the nation's oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education. The program provides opportunities for individuals and campus teams new to outcomes assessment to acquire foundational knowledge about the field, and for those interested in outcomes assessment at any level to establish networks that serve as sources for support and expertise beyond the dates of the Institute. The substantive quality of the meeting is well known, attracting about 1,000 people each year. In fact, registration is closed for this event at the end of this month. In NILOA's track at this year's Institute, our staff will present some of their recent work. For more information about the Assessment Institute, please click here. Look for NILOA's November newsletter for links to the NILOA track presentations.

November 2013
This edition of the NILOA newsletter features NILOA's 20th Occasional Paper, Sharpening Our Focus on Learning: The Rise of Competency-Based Approaches to Degree Completion by Rebecca Klein-Collins from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

December 2013
Our 2013 Year-End Note offers a brief overview of NILOA activities the past 12 months.