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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Providing Evidence of Student Learning:
A Transparency Framework

Welcome to the [online] Transparency Framework

The NILOA Transparency Framework is 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. This page provides an overview of how to navigate the Web page.

How to Navigate the Transparency Framework

The Introduction includes information about transparency and describes the Transparency Framework.

The Overview includes a complete list of the six components of transparent student learning outcomes assessment and presents institutional items to consider when discussing website transparency.

The Components provides descriptions and examples of each of the six components individually. For additional information and institutional examples of each component, users may select a specific component from the navigation menu or from the component page.

The Definitions page serves as a glossary for the terms used in the transparency framework including: transparency, audiences, not transparent and transparent.

The Using the Framework provides information to institutions interested in applying the Transparency Framework to their institutional website. Included are examples of effective website communication strategies and institutional assessment models.

The final section Framework in the Field shows how institutions are using the Transparency Framework.



Please cite as: National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2011). Transparency Framework. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Retrieved from:


"With the convergence of so many recent higher education events such as the Lumina Degree Qualifications Profile, the NILOA Transparency Framework, Academically Adrift, I’m making it a priority for RIT to model how quality, learning outcomes, and accountability guide us strategically."

Jeremy Haefner
Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs
Rochester Institute of Technology