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NILOA Newsletters 2014

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January 2014
This month's newsletter features NILOA's national report on the status of student learning outcomes assessment in the U.S. and a Viewpoint by Paul Gaston about the relationship between the Common Core Standards and the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). Also, please note that NILOA will host three sessions at the upcoming AAC&U 2014 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. More information including dates and times is included below in the Upcoming Conferences and Programs section. Please consider attending these sessions!

February 2014
This month's newsletter features a draft of DQP 2.0. The draft is open for feedback and comments until March 15, 2014. Please click here for more information and to read the draft.

March 2014
This month, NILOA is pleased to to present two Viewpoints. The first is about the proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) by Nicholas Hillman, as a follow up to last month's featured Google discussion board on the topic. The second Viewpoint by Peter Quigley, Patricia Shea, and Robert Turner describes WICHE's Interstate Passport Initiative.

April 2014
NILOA will host a webinar on April 23, 2014 with the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) on Tuning USA, which is a collaborative faculty-driven process that identifies what a student should know and be able to do in a chosen discipline when a degree is conferred. Tuning USA is building momentum in the United States after Tuning Europe, founded in 1999, became an international phenomena in transforming the foundation of higher education overseas.

May 2014
NILOA will participate in the LiveText 2014 Best Practices Webinar Series on June 4, 2014. Natasha Jankowski, Assistant Director of NILOA, will discuss and present findings from the 2013 NILOA survey of chief academic officers about assessment activities underway at institutions.

June 2014
Click here to view and listen to the webinar hosted by LiveText on June 4, 2014 on the findings from the 2013 NILOA survey of chief academic officers. Natasha Jankowski, Assistant Director of NILOA, discussed the survey and findings of assessment activities underway at institutions.

July 2014
Please visit the NILOA website to view 15 mini webinars from the Degree Qualifications Profile Project (DQPP) of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Participating ACCJC colleges completed projects during the 2013-2014 academic year to examine one or more aspects of their degree-level learning outcomes practice using the DQP framework. The webinars showcase how each institution used the DQP to identify core learning and competencies in degrees and programs.

August 2014
Please welcome our new NILOA staff! Katie Schultz will be the new NILOA Project Manager, Erick Montenegro, Terry Vaughn, III, Suhas Muralidhar, and Sharanya Bathey will be joining the NILOA staff as Research Analysts, and Gabriel Bermea will be an intern. We are pleased to have them on the NILOA team!

September 2014
On October 8, Lumina is hosting an event in Indianapolis to officially release the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). Originally introduced in beta form in 2011, the DQP along with its companion discipline-based Tuning process are ready for large-scale implementation. The launch event will provide an opportunity to reflect on and discuss how to advance use of the DQP/Tuning at campuses across the country. A webcast of the event will be available to view here.

October 2014
The DQP website is live following a successful launch on October 8, 2014, at an event hosted by Lumina Foundation in Indianapolis. You can view the entire set of day-long activities here. Print copies of the DQP can be ordered here. The DQP site features examples of case studies, resources for colleges and universities on the DQP and Tuning, information on Coaches, and electronic versions of the DQP, among many other resources. We welcome any and all feedback. We especially invite institutions that have used the DQP or Tuning to submit a summary of their activities to date by filling out an Instructional Activity Report.

November 2014
This issue of the NILOA Newsletter features several papers and announcements about the important role of faculty in assessment work. The first is a special NILOA Report, Assignment Design Activity on Your Campus: Lessons from NILOA's Assignment Library Initiative (see below the related announcement of the next assignment charrette.) The second faculty-related piece is an occasional paper by Timothy Reese Cain on Assessment & Academic Freedom: In Concert, not Conflict.

December 2014
Drawing on our collective experience, NILOA staff and senior scholars have written Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education. The book, available in January, presents a reframed conception and approach to student learning outcomes assessment. The authors explain why it is counterproductive to view collecting and using evidence of student accomplishment as primarily a compliance activity.