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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) website was launched in 2008 and since then we have continued to grow the number of resources available to be the go-to place for learning outcomes assessment information.

In the About Us section, readers will find information to answer what NILOA is and who is involved (staff, national advisory panelcollaborating associations and foundations). We invite you to become a part of the conversation around evidence of student learning either by contacting us directly or signing up to be part of our email list in order to receive our monthly newsletter.

NILOA ReportThe NILOA Resources section directs you to the research and reports which have emerged through NILOA’s work. NILOA has and is involved in a variety of national surveys and research projects to examine the depth and breadth of student learning outcomes assessment at accredited colleges and universities across the United States which culminate in NILOA Reports.

In Occasional Papers, you can find a series of commissioned papers which examine Library Occasional papercontemporary issues and inform the academic community of the current state-of-the art of assessing learning outcomes in American higher education. Examples of Good Assessment Practice are short, instructive case studies to develop a better understanding of what “good work” looks like related to assessment, data-informed improvement, and transparency at the institutional level.

Commissioned Assessment Briefs provide a short, informative introduction to the nature and practical use of assessment evidence that is targeted to a particular audience. Assessment briefs for faculty and student affairs professionals are currently available. Under Assessment Literature Archive, readers will find the American Association of Higher Education Principles written in 1992 as well as a letter written by Pat Hutchings, Peter Ewell and Trudy Banta who provide an overview of the development of AAHE's Principles and their continuing relevance today. Measuring Quality is an online inventory of assessment resources presented in a joint partnership with AIR and ACE.

Viewpoints are invited pieces from learning outcomes experts and thought leaders to help spark further conversations and actions to help advance the field of student learning outcomes assessment. NILOA Presentations given by NILOA staff at academic and professional conferences over the course of the past year are provided here. NILOA Newsletters are sent out monthly to help inform readers about the work we are undertaking, news articles pertinent to student learning outcomes assessment, and a list of upcoming conferences and programs related to assessment. Past newsletters are also archived on our website.

Our Resource Library contains a variety of assessment information including articles, presentations, reports, books, and helpful websites.

The DQP website offers information and resources for institutions working with the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) and those interested in becoming involved with or learning from other institutions’ work in order to better understand the utility of the DQP as a framework for assessing and advancing student learning. For those New to the DQP we offer a variety of information as an orientation or starting point to learn more about the DQP DQP Logo1and its potential uses. The DQP In Practice page features institutions that are working with the DQP and highlighted successes and challenges encountered in such work. The DQP Resource Kit contains information and tools including literature and responses to frequently asked questions. Our DQP Webinar Series provides recorded webinars on a variety of DQP related topics. In addition, we are building an Assignment Library that will offer examples of assignments aligned with DQP proficiencies.

Transparency FrameworkLocated in Transparency Framework is a tool developed by NILOA to support institutions in sharing evidence of student learning on and off campus. The Introduction includes information about transparency and describes the Transparency Framework. The Overview includes a complete list of the six components of transparent student learning outcomes assessment and presents institutional items to consider when discussing website transparency. The Components section provides descriptions and examples of each of the six components. For additional information and institutional examples of each component, users may select a specific component from the navigation menu or from the component page. The Definitions page serves as a glossary for the terms used in the transparency framework including: transparency, audiences, not transparent and transparent. The Using the Framework provides information to institutions interested in applying the Transparency Framework to their institutional website. Included are examples of effective website communication strategies and institutional assessment models. The final section Framework in the Field shows how institutions are using the Transparency Framework.

The Event Calendar is updated frequently with upcoming conferences and webinars about learning outcomes assessment.


NILOA Featured Websites provide examples of promising practices of innovative and transparent online communication of student learning outcomes assessment at the institution, program or unit level on institutional websites.

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