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More Than You Think, Less Than We Need: Learning Outcomes Assessment in American Higher Education

October 26, 2009

Contrary to what observers think, findings from a national study released today show that gathering information about what undergraduates learn during their studies is commonplace in most US colleges and universities. Read more . . .

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Report: "More Than You Think, Less Than We Need"

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Please cite as: Kuh, G., & Ikenberry, S. (2009). More than you think, Less than we need: learning outcomes assessment in American Higher Education. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

If you are interested in which institutions participated in this survey, please click here.
Please join the online discussion about this report here.

This NILOA work has been featured in a several media venues:

The Chronicle of Higher Education, An Expert Surveys the Assessment Landscape in October 27, 2009 issue.

Inside Higher Ed, Assessment vs. Action in October 26, 2009 issue.

Also announced in the newsletters for various organizations, such as ACE and AIR.

November 1, 2009 - University World News, "US: New report on learning outcomes assessment"

November 5, 2009 - American Public University System: Dr. Wallace E. Boston's blog post: "More Than You Think, Less Than We Need: Learning Outcomes Assessment in American Higher Education – A Report by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment"

December 2009 - Indiana University-Bloomington News, "Outcomes:Assessing learning outcomes in higher ed"

January/February 2011 - Academe Online (American Association of University Professors), "Faculty Forum: Assessment Metaphors We Live By"

May 2011 - Council for Graduate Schools Publication, "Preparing Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning"



The NILOA Occasional Papers further the conversation about learning outcomes assessment. Peter Ewell's paper addresses assessment and accountability. Trudy Banta et al. address authentic assessments. Most recently Jane Wellman looks at assessment and resources.

"The survey affirms the key role of accreditation in addressing student achievement and speaks to the value of the institution-accreditation partnership.…”


Judith Eaton
President
Council for Higher Education Accreditation