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Excellence in Assessment Designation


The 2017 Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designees
Have Been Announced

Click here to read about the 2017 EIA Designees.

The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program recognizes institutions for their efforts in intentional integration of campus-level learning outcomes assessment. The EIA designations focus on campus processes and uses of assessment outcomes, rather than on student performance or accomplishment. Building on the foundation of reporting both student learning outcomes assessment results and processes established in the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) College Portrait, the EIA designation evaluation process is directly and intentionally built from NILOA's Transparency Framework.

2017 Application deadlines are shown below:

  • Application materials for the 2018 EIA Designation will be available: November 2017. Want us to remind you? Please fill out the form.
  • Applications notified of EMBARGOED Designation results: July 14, 2017
  • Public announcement of designees: August 21, 2017

To learn more about the purpose and overview of the EIA Designation, see below. For more information, please contact

Why Campus-Learning Outcomes Assessment?

EIA Designation Overview

Reflections on the 2016 Designees

2017 Evaluation Rubric

Click here to read more about IUPUI, a Sustained Excellence Designee.

List of Reviewers

Click here to download the full application packet for the 2017 Excellence in Assessment Designation.

Click here to view a recording of a webinar on the EIA Designation, Recognizing Excellence in Campus Assessment: Using the Excellence in Assessment Designation for Self-Assessment. A pdf of the presentation can be found here.

The Excellence in Assessment Designation is co-sponsored by the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). VSA College Portrait is a joint initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU).


Click below to read news releases on the EIA Designation.

The Chronicle of Higher Education - August 24, 2017

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Inside Higher Ed - October 27, 2015

Inside Higher Ed - August 22, 2016