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NILOA Newsletters

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May 2017
This month’s NILOA Newsletter begins by introducing a series of Responses in our Conversation on Equity in Assessment from leading scholars in higher education. Specifically, we feature a video response from Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL), and written responses from Dr. Thomas F. Nelson Laird and Dr. Allison BrckaLorenz, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, Melissa Wright, University at Buffalo, and Dr. Pamela Petrease Felder, University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In addition, this newsletter features a new NILOA Report, Tuning: A Guide for Creating Discipline-SpecificFrameworks to Foster Meaningful Change, by Dr. David W. Marshall, a new Viewpoint, The Neuroscience of Learning and Development:How Can Evidence Legitimize Self-Reflection?, from Dr. Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, an update on NILOA in the Field, and a Featured Website from the American Public University System. Finally, as is customary, the newsletter concludes with relevant News items and information on Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

April 2017
This month’s NILOA Newsletter announces the launch of the 2017 NILOA Provost Survey, a NILOA Viewpoint, Taking Stock of the Assessment Movement, from NILOA Senior Scholars, and a NILOA Assessment in Practice from an EIA Inaugural Designee, The PLAIR Pilot Project: Perspectives from BSc in Public Health and Nutrition, from Dr. Malin Garemo, Scott Benson, and Dr. Kevin Schoepp, all of Zayed University. Also included is the extension announcement for the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designation, a Featured Website from Washington State University, an update on NILOA In the Field, News Items, and information on relevant Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

March 2017
This month’s NILOA Newsletter highlights faculty driven work in assessing student learning featuring a NILOA Viewpoint, Eight Years on: Early - and Continuing - Lessons from the Tuning Project, from Daniel McInerney, a NILOA Assessment in Practice, A College Where Adjuncts Are Not Just Add-ons, from Angela Félix, and a new two-page resource on the DQP Assignment Library. We invite you to submit an application for the 2017 Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designation, as well as submit requests for a DQP/Tuning Coach, and consider applying for the second annual Teaching and Learning National Institute (TLNI): Using Evidence for Improvement. Also included is a notice on the forthcoming release of NILOA's 2017 Provost Survey, a Featured Website from Southern Connecticut State University, relevant News items, and information on Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

February 2017
This month’s newsletter is full of instructive material and updates.  It leads with a new Viewpoint from Peggy Maki​, discussing her new book, Real Time Student Assessment: Prioritizing Enrolled Students’ Equitable Progress toward Achieving a High-Quality Degree. In addition, we feature two papers, Getting Assessment Back on the Right Track and Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes, respectively authored by NILOA senior scholar George Kuh and NILOA director Natasha Jankowski. It also contains information about NILOA In the Field, a Featured Website from the University of San Diego, a call for proposals for a DQP/Tuning Coach Visit, relevant News items, and information on Upcoming Conferences and Programs.

January 2017
Happy New Year! NILOA’s Newsletter welcomes our newest addition to the NILOA team, features an Occasional Paper, Equity and Assessment: Moving Towards Culturally Responsive Assessment by Erick Montenegro and Natasha Jankowski, and a Viewpoint, Academic and Student Affairs Sides of the House: Can We Have an Open Concept Learning Design? by Darby Roberts. In addition, we invite you to submit a proposal requesting a visit from one of our DQP/Tuning Coaches, and apply for the 2017 Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designation. The newsletter concludes with a Featured Website from Point Loma Nazarene University, 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)