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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Focused on What Matters: Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes at Minority-Serving Institutions

April 2015

This report features the assessment work being done at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). Comparisons are made between assessment activities at MSIs and those underway at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) as well as those at different types of MSIs such as Tribal Colleges, Historically Black, Hispanic Serving, and others. Four main findings are discussed including the internal use of assessment data at MSIs, using assessment data for improvement, different assessment approaches at different types of MSIs, and subcategories of MSIs use of assessment to address different institutional needs and interests. Implications are presented for understanding assessment activities in MSIs, and how such understandings can help advance assessment efforts at all postsecondary institutions.

Focused on What Matters: Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes at Minority-Serving Institutions

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Please cite as: Montenegro, E., & Jankowski, N. A. (2015, April). Focused on What Matters: Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes at Minority-Serving Institutions. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Press Release

The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions brings together researchers and practitioners to document the educational contributions of MSIs, communicate their vital role in the nation's economy, promote administrative and academic reform initiatives, and strengthen efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities.


News

Chronicle Staff. (2015, April). Minority-Serving Institutions Are More Apt to Use Learning Gauges Internally. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

IUB Newsroom. (2015, April). New Report Finds Minority-Serving Institutions Actively Engaged in Assessing Student Learning. Indiana University-Bloomington.

JBHE. (2015, May). Report Finds That HBCUs Are Actively Engaged in Assessing Student Learning. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (JBHE).

 

 

 

As the U.S. morphs into a "minority" nation, it is essential we understand the experiences of students of color at institutions that today educate two fifths of this cohort. This report is important because it brings into the national conversation the good work being done assessing the learning outcomes of a student population that will become the nation's majority.

Mildred Garcia, president, California State University, Fullerton