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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Providing Evidence of Student Learning:
A Transparency Framework


Campus plans for gathering evidence of student learning might include institution-wide or program specific approaches that convey how student learning will be assessed, the data collection tools and approaches that will be used, and the timeline for implementation. Transparent assessment plans are:

• Descriptive of institutional assessment processes, procedures and activities
• Inclusive of assessment measures including what they are, how they are applied, and frequency of gathering evidence
• Clearly expressed and understandable by multiple audiences
• Prominently posted at or linked to multiple places across the website
• Updated regularly to reflect current activities
• Downloaded or accessed in a timely fashion by multiple web browsers and Internet download speeds
• Receptive to feedback or comments on the quality and utility of the information provided

Institutional Examples

Oxford Brookes University

Eastern New Mexico

Oxford Brookes University's Assessment Compact exemplifies an effective assessment plan. In particular, this document outlines the university's assessment efforts, including objectives and procedures. It addresses both structural and student concerns. And viewers can find examples of concise assessment statements in addition to the rationale behind such statements.

Eastern New Mexico University

Eastern New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico's Student Learning Assessment Plan/Report features several different components. Not only is there space to provide a narrative description for that department's student learning outcomes assessment efforts, the plan also provides space for a discussion of how that department has used those assessment outcomes to change curriculum or other aspects of their program. A curriculum map and improvement plan are also included.

Excelsior College

Using a practical plan, Excelsior College uses the above Matrix to inform their Program Level Assessment Plan. More information on how to fill out the plan is located in the Institutional Assessment Plan for Student Learning (IAPSL). The IAPSL, in which the above Matrix Plan is embedded, also explains the outcomes assessment process.

New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Highlands University breaks down information needed in both an Assessment Plan and Assessment Report. Examples of measurements of learning outcome statements are given. Also featured in its Handbook is the above Feedback Form for Outcomes Assessment Plans and Reports.

University of Hawai’i, Manoa

 The University of Hawai’i, Manoa website has a comprehensive assessment page which includes links to assessment plans for multiple institutional levels including degree programs, general education, special and co-curricular programs, and institutional summary reports. They also include resources, reports, and workshops.

Sacramento State University

Sacramento State University has a centralized website which includes assessment plans and reports for each academic program. Interested parties can click on a program and be directed to a pdf including the learning outcomes, assessment reflection procedures to enhance use of assessment results, and the indirect and direct measures used to assess learning.