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November 2018
Please join us in opening the November NILOA Newsletter with a big congratulations to Dr. Verna F. Orr, a NILOA Research Analyst, for successfully defending her dissertation earlier this month! It is only fitting that this month's newsletter starts with a new NILOA Report on "Assessment, Accountability, and Student Learning Outcomes at Historically Black Colleges and Universities" authored by Dr. Verna F. Orr, NILOA Research Analyst and CEEQA Co-Chair.

We are also happy to publish a new Occasional Paper "Assessment 2.0: An Organic Supplement to Standard Assessment Procedure" co-authored by Eric T. Metzler and Lisa Kurz. We include a Call for Case Study Participants to showcase examples of Equity in Assessment. Together with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), we invite you to apply by the January 15, 2019 deadline. We are also pleased to release a new addition to NILOA’s Assignment Charrette Toolkit “Clio in the Classroom: A Guide for Educators” from David Trowbridge. The newsletter concludes with Mississippi State University as our Featured Website, an update to the NILOA Transparency Framework in the Field, relevant News items, and information on Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

October 2018
This month’s NILOA Newsletter begins with a report "NILOA at Ten: A Retrospective" co-authored by NILOA's George Kuh and Stan Ikenberry. As we celebrate NILOA's tenth anniversary, we take a moment to look back at the work NILOA has accomplished, and also toward the future and the work that remains to be done. Next, we feature a new installment in the Equity in Assessment conversation from Sophie Tullier, and a Viewpoint "Can Teaching Metacognitive Learning Strategies Counteract Student Stress, Anxiety, and Depression?" from Saundra McGuire. 

In addition, we invite you to join us at the 2018 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis October 21-23 where NILOA will once again have its own track of presentations. Finally, the newsletter concludes with a Featured Website from the University of Central Oklahoma, two examples of the Transparency Framework in the Field from North Carolina Central University and North Carolina State University, information for those seeking to request a NILOA Coach by the October 15 deadline, and - as always - relevant News items and useful information on Upcoming Conferences and Programs. 

September 2018
NILOA's September 2018 Newsletter begins with an Occasional Paper “Technology Solutions to Support Assessment” co-authored by Jennifer Harrison and Sherri Braxton. An addition to the NILOA Assignment Charrette Toolkit from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) co-authored by Sarah Weiner and Susan Albertine is also featured. Next, we invite you to read an Assessment in Practice “Escape! How to Build Faculty Assessment Teams Through the Use of Escape Rooms” from Denise Kruizenga-Muro and Jude Whitton. We also have a Featured Website from Skyline College, three examples of the NILOA Transparency Framework in the Field, and a final reminder to submit a request for a NILOA Coach visit for this upcoming Spring. The newsletter concludes with relevant News and information on Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

August 2018
In this month’s NILOA Newsletter, we begin by congratulating the 2018 Excellence in Assessment designees! These five institutions join our prior designees recognized for their commitment to the campus-wide assessment of student learning outcomes. We also invite you to read a new NILOA Report “Helping Students Develop Habits of Reflection: What We Can Learn from the NILOA Assignment Library” from Pat Hutchings, and a new Response to NILOA’s Equity paper “Moving Towards Socially Just Assessment” from Gavin W. Henning and Anne E. Lundquist. In addition, we invite you to submit your ideas for a NILOA logo (the deadline is August 24) and to submit a request for a NILOA Coach visit. Finally, this newsletter highlights the University of Texas at Arlington as this month’s Featured Website, provides two new examples of institutions using the NILOA Transparency Framework, and concludes with relevant news items and information on upcoming conferences and programs.

July 2018
In this edition of our newsletter, we invite you to read a new NILOA Viewpoint “Promoting an Improvement Culture” from Claudia Stanny, an Assessment in Practice “Assessment with Benefits: Faculty Engagement and Community Building through General Education Assessment” from Su Swarat and Alison Wrynn, and a Featured Website from Hutchinson Community College. We also invite you to submit applications to request a NILOA Coach visit to your campus in 2019 and to submit original ideas for a new NILOA logo. The newsletter concludes with relevant news items and information on upcoming conferences and programs.

June 2018
In this edition of our newsletter, we are pleased to announce Erick Montenegro as NILOA’s new Communications Coordinator! Please join us in welcoming him in his new position. Previously, he served as a graduate research analyst with NILOA and has a background in marketing and business administration. His research interests include equity in assessment, student learning outcomes assessment at Minority-Serving Institutions, and issues affecting access to higher education for students of color. 

Included in our newsletter is a Viewpoint, Rubrics: Lessons from the Field, by Laura Massa of Loyola Marymount University and Margaret Kasimatis of Saint Mary's College of California, an Assessment in Practice, Triennial Assessment as an Alternative to Annual Assessment, by Jason Lyons and Gina Polychronopoulos, both of Christopher Newport University, a response to our equity conversation by Sheri Williams and Frank Perrone, both of the University of New Mexico, and this month's Featured Website of Hawai’i Pacific University. In addition, we extend an invitation to students, faculty, and staff to submit original designs for NILOA's new logo. We would also like to extend a thank you to all the institutions who applied for the 2018 EIA Designation and our EIA reviewers!

May 2018
This edition of the NILOA newsletter provides a variety of resources and commentary especially helpful for assessment practitioners. We begin, however, by sharing a reflection on and deep appreciation of Cliff Adelman written by NILOA senior scholar Peter Ewell. We invite you to share in this reflection and reminisce with us on what Cliff meant to NILOA, the field of assessment, and higher education in general throughout the course of his decorated career. 

In addition, this newsletter includes a new NILOA Occasional Paper, "A Portrait of the Assessment Professional in the United States: Results from a National Survey", by Mark C. Nicholas and Ruth C. Slotnick, a Viewpoint, "Why Are We Assessing?" cosigned by over one hundred and thirty higher education assessment practitioners, and a new Assessment in Practice "Ethical Reasoning: Assessing a Critical Thinking Skill" from Keston Fulcher, Allison Ames, and William Hawk. We also feature an additional resource for the NILOA Assignment Charrette Toolkit "Taking Assessment Design Online" from Jodi Fisler, a new institutional example of curriculum mapping "Integration of General Education and the Major: Mapping Integrative Learning" from Sandra Bailey and David Marshall, a Featured Website from Marymount California University, relevant News Items, and updates on Upcoming Conferences and Programs. Finally, we extend an invitation to apply for the Teaching and Learning National Institute (TLNI). The TLNI program is designed to help campus teams build capacity for assessment and improvement.

April 2018
This edition of our newsletter provides a variety of resources and commentary on accreditation. NILOA is pleased to present an Occasional Paper on Assessment and Accreditation: An Imperiled Symbiosis by Paul L. Gaston.We also introduce a new Assessment in Practice The Peer Review Portal: Using an Online College of Peers Network and Collaborator Role for Reporting Professional Accreditation, and a Viewpoint by Melanie Booth on The EEQ CERT: A New Way to Assure and Communicate Program Quality, Relevance, & Value. We would also like to highlight the upcoming May 1 deadline for this year's Excellence in Assessment designation application process. 

In addition, we are pleased to continue the equity and assessment conversation with commentary by Masahiro Arimoto and Ian Clark, both with Tohoku University's, Graduate School of Education and are happy to announce the Texas Tech University as this month's Featured Website. Finally, please find a summary of NILOA's activities in the field from March and a summary of relevant news items and events, including an announcement for a NILOA Visiting Communications Coordinator position.

March 2018
This month’s newsletter brings together a suite of resources exploring learning in all the places it happens within postsecondary education, including the role of students in assessment. We feature a NILOA Occassional Paper Using ePortfolio to Document and Deepen the Impact of HIPs on Learning Dispositions. We also introduce a curriculum mapping toolkit, including examples for mapping learning within student affairs, a new Assessment in Practice Implementing a Student Assessment Scholars Program: Students Engaging in Continuous Improvement, and a Viewpoint by Ann E. Damiano, Bringing Student Voices to the Table: Collaborating with our Most Important Stakeholders.

We are pleased to release a response to the equity and assessment conversation by Joseph D. Levy, the Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation at National Louis University, and Ciji A. Heiser, the Director of Assessment and Effectiveness at Western Michigan University. In addition, we extend an invitation to apply for the Teaching and Learning National Institute (TLNI). We are happy to announce the Community College of Philadelphia as this month's Featured Website. Finally, please find a summary of NILOA's activities in the field from February, call for proposals for a NILOA Coach Visit, and a summary of relevant news items and events.

February 2018
This month’s newsletter features a plethora of assignment focused material. It leads with a revised and updated assignment charrette toolkit and featured assignment by Nina Namaste, Liberal Arts in Action. In addition, it includes a new Assessment in Practice by Linda Townsend and Pamela Tracy titled Using Backward Design and the Assignment Design Charrette Model for Quality Enhancement, and an invitation to participate in a webinar on facilitating an assignment charrette.

We are pleased to release a response to the equity and assessment conversation by Ereka Williams of North Carolina A&T State University and announce California State University Northridge (CSUN) as this month's Featured Website. Further, we extend an invitation to apply for the Teaching and Learning National Institute (TLNI). Finally, please find a summary of NILOA's activities in the field from January, call for proposals for a NILOA Coach Visit and a summary of relevant news items and events.

January 2018
We are pleased to announce the release of NILOA's third national report on the status of student learning outcomes assessment in the U.S., Assessment That Matters: Trending Toward Practices That Document Authentic Student Learning.

This month's newsletter also features information on NILOA Coaches, including a Request for Proposals (RFP) for those institutions interested in inviting a coach for a campus visit at no cost. The 2018 Excellence in Assessment Designation application details are available for those wishing to apply. We are also pleased to announce The University of Calgary as this month's Featured Website. Finally, please find a summary of NILOA's activities in the field from December and relevant news items and events. Please note that NILOA scholars will be presenting at the AAC&U 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. More information including dates and times of sessions are included in the events section.

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NILOA can be the connective tissue that links together and advances the work of various groups and organizations interested in using student learning outcomes to improve higher education.

George Mehaffy

George L. Mehaffy
Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)