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NILOA Newsletters

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June 2019
While we are busy working towards the release of the new NILOA website, this month's newsletter focuses on announcements, resources, and opportunities for involvement. First, we are excited to share with you an update on the HBCU Collaborative for Excellence in Educational Quality Assurance (CEEQA) which has now grown to over 30 HBCUs in advance of their second annual convening this summer. We invite you read the CEEQA report and email us if you would like to learn more and/or be involved with CEEQA. Next, we invite you to peruse a few of our many resources that can facilitate conversations with faculty around assessment. We especially highlight two Occasional Papers that can address common faculty concerns related to assessment, and our Assignment Charrette Toolkit to facilitate assignment-design workshops with your faculty. Finally, the newsletter concludes with an informative podcast from the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) discussing intentional and transparent assessment. As is customary, we also include useful information on relevant News items and Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

May 2019
While we are busy working towards the release of the new NILOA website, this month's newsletter focuses on announcements, resources, opportunities, and appreciation for those who collaborate with us. We open with a heartfelt thank you to all of our NILOA Coaches for their hard work and dedication in helping institutions with their assessment improvement efforts. In addition, we thank the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designation application reviewers and are pleased to announce the application deadline for institutions is extended to May 31. We invite you to apply today! We also invite interested HBCUs to get involved with the HBCU Collaborative for Excellence in Educational Quality Assurance (CEEQA). Finally, we are pleased to announce that applications for the 4th Annual Using Evidence for Improvement: Teaching and Learning National Institute are still welcome based on space availability. The newsletter concludes with relevant News items and information on Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

April 2019
While we are busy working on preparing for the release of the new NILOA website, this month's newsletter focuses on announcements, resources, and opportunities. We open with a publication in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. This article is a collaborative effort with partners AALHE, AAC&U and NILOA, encouraging higher education to shift towards an assessment-for-learning-improvement mindset. Next, we highlight that applications for the 2019 Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designation are due by May 6. Furthermore, priority applications or your campus to receive a free NILOA Coach to inform your assessment efforts are due by April 18. We conclude the newsletter with an encouragement to apply for the 2019 Teaching and Learning National Institute by May 1. Finally, details on relevant assessment news and events are offered. 

March 2019
This month's NILOA Newsletter opens with an institutional example of Curriculum Mapping from Stockton University. Author Carra L. Hood guides us through Stockton’s learning outcomes alignment process, providing valuable insights and examples along the way. Next, we invite campuses to apply for the 2019 Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designation. Further, NILOA Coach requests for Fall 2019 are open with priority consideration due by April 18.  

We are pleased to continue our conversation on equity and assessment with an additional guest response “Redefining Putting Students First” from Leslie S. Meyerhoff. We also remind you that Erick Montenegro, NILOA's Communications Coordinator and Research Analyst, has joined our list of NILOA speakers for topics related to Equity in Assessment. Finally, the newsletter concludes with a Featured Website from Lewis University, relevant News items, and helpful information on Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

February 2019
This month's NILOA Newsletter begins with our 38th Occasional Paper “Creating Student-Centered Learning Environments and Changing Teaching Culture: Purdue University’s IMPACT Program.” We also extend an invitation to apply as an Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designee. Next, we are pleased to announce that Erick Montenegro, NILOA Communications Coordinator and Research Analyst, is joining our list of NILOA speakers for topics related to Equity in Assessment.

The Newsletter continues with an Assessment in Practice “Assessing Learning Communities Based on Program Outcomes and the Eight Characteristics of High-Impact Practices” from Stefanie Baier, a Case Study of Washington State University conducted by Pat Hutchings, a Viewpoint “Lessons from the Field: ‘Tracer’ Study Shows Connections Between Faculty Development and Student Learning” from Carol Rutz and Ellen Iverson, and a Featured Website from Purdue University’s Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness. The Newsletter concludes with relevant News items and helpful information on Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

January 2019
Happy New Year from the NILOA team! This year will be filled with changes at NILOA, and this newsletter provides a sneak peak of things to come. First, we would like to begin the Newsletter by congratulating Dr. Verna F. Orr, co-chair of CEEQA, for her transition to a full-time Post-Doctoral Researcher at NILOA. Dr. Orr has been with NILOA since 2015, and we look forward to her continued quality contributions in her new role. Please join us in sharing a well-deserved “congratulations” to Verna!

We include a first look into our new NILOA logo and new website to be released this year, an invitation to submit applications for both the Equity in Assessment Case Studies and the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designation, and an announcement introducing the new Competency-Based Recognition of Learning (CBRL) Collaborative. We also have the first Featured Website of the year and information on relevant News and Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

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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)