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Klein-Collins, R. (2013, October). Sharpening Our Focus on Learning: The Rise of Competency-Based Approaches to Degree Completion (Occasional Paper No. 20). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. 

In NILOA's twentieth occasional paper, author Rebecca Klein-Collins, Senior Director of Research and Policy Development for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), discusses the methodology, practices, and policies surrounding competency-based education.

   
Previously released occasional papers:
 

 

Ewell, P. T. (2009, November). Assessment, accountability, and improvement: Revisiting the tension (NILOA Occasional Paper No.1). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

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Banta, T. W., Griffin, M., Flateby, T. L., & Kahn, S. (2009, December). Three promising alternatives for assessing college students' knowledge and skills (NILOA Occasional Paper No.2). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 

 

 
 

Wellman, J. V. (2010, January). Connecting the dots between learning and resources (NILOA Occasional Paper No.3). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 


 
 

Hutchings, P. (2010, April). Opening doors to faculty involvement in assessment(NILOA Occasional Paper No.4). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 

 

 

Swing, R. L., & Coogan, C. S. (2010, May). Valuing assessment: Cost-benefit considerations (NILOA Occasional Paper No.5). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 



 


 

Provezis, S. (2010, October). Regional accreditation and student learning outcomes: Mapping the territory (NILOA Occasional Paper No.6). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 


 

 

Schuh, J. H., & Gansemer-Topf, A. M. (2010, December). The role of student affairs in student learning assessment (NILOA Occasional Paper No.7). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 


 

 

Blaich, C. F., & Wise, K. S. (2011, January). From gathering to using assessment results: Lessons from the Wabash National Study (NILOA Occasional Paper No.8). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 


 
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Gold, L., Rhoades, G., Smith, M., & Kuh, G. (2011, May). What faculty unions say about student learning outcomes assessment (NILOA Occasional Paper No.9). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 


 
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Nunley, C., Bers, T., & Manning, T. (2011, July). Learning outcomes assessment in community colleges (NILOA Occasional Paper No.10). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 

 

 


Community College Paper

 

Volkwein, J. F. (2011, September). Gaining ground: The role of institutional research in assessing student outcomes and demonstrating institutional effectiveness (NILOA Occasional Paper No.11). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 

 

 

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Prineas, M., & Cini, M. (2011, October). Assessing learning in online education: The role of technology in improving student outcomes (NILOA Occasional Paper No.12). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 


  Occasional paper thirteen
 

Miller, M. A. (2012, January). From denial to acceptance: The stages of assessment (NILOA Occasional Paper No.13). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 


  Occasional Paper Fourteen
 

Gilchrist, D., & Oakleaf, M. (2012, April). An Essential Partner: The Librarian’s Role in Student Learning Assessment (NILOA Occasional Paper No.14). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 

 

 
 

Benjamin, R., Miller, M. A., Rhodes, T. L., Banta, T. W., Pike, G. R., & Davies, G. (2012, September). The Seven Red Herrings About Standardized Assessments in Higher Education(NILOA Occasional Paper No.15). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

  Paper 15 Web Page

 

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Ewell, P. (2013, January).The Lumina Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP): Implications for Assessment. (Occasional Paper No.16). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

  Paper 16 Web Page

 

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Hersh, R.H. & Keeling, R.P. (2013, February).Changing Institutional Culture to Promote Assessment of Higher Learning. (Occasional Paper No.17). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

  Paper 17 Web Page

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Cooper, T. & Terrell, T. (2013, August).What are institutions spending on assessment? Is it worth the cost? (Occasional Paper No.18). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. 

  Paper 18 Web Page

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Richman, W.A., & Ariovich, L. (2013, October). All-in-one: Combining Grading, Course, Program, and General Education Outcomes Assessment. (Occasional Paper No.19). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.  

  Paper 19 Web Page

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NILOA Occasional Papers are commissioned to examine contemporary issues and to inform the academic community of the current state-of-the art of assessing learning outcomes in American higher education.  The papers are written for a general audience in order to provide comprehensive, accurate information about how institutions and other organizations can become more proficient at assessing and reporting student learning outcomes for the purposes of improving student learning and responsibly fulfilling expectations for transparency and accountability to policy makers and other external audiences.