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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Providing Evidence of Student Learning:
A Transparency Framework


Components of Student Learning Assessment

Click on any of the components below or to the right for more details and examples from institutional websites.


Student learning outcomes statements clearly state the expected knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and habits of mind that students are expected to acquire at an institution of higher education. To find out more about and see examples...


Campus plans for gathering evidence of student learning might include institution-wide or program specific approaches that convey how student learning will be assessed, the data collection tools and approaches that will be used, and the timeline for implementation. To find out more about and see examples...


Assessment resources encompass information or training provided to faculty and staff to help them understand, develop, implement, communicate, and use evidence of student learning. To find out more about and see examples...


Current assessment activities include information on a full range of projects and activities recently completed or currently underway to gauge student learning, make improvements or respond to accountability interests. To find out more about and see examples...


Evidence of student learning includes results of assessment activities. This may include evidence of indirect (e.g. surveys) and direct (e.g. portfolio) student learning as well as institutional performance indicators (e.g. licensure pass rate). To find out more about and see examples...


This component represents the extent to which evidence of student learning is used to identify areas where changes in policies and practices may lead to improvement, inform institutional decision-making, problem identification, planning, goal setting, faculty development, course revision, program review, and accountability or accreditation self-study. To find out more about and see examples...

 

"I believe public disclosure of student learning outcomes should be regarded as a professional obligation of all colleges and universities, and should be required as a condition of accreditation. That goes beyond where NILOA is prepared to go, but I’m delighted to see the transparency framework, and hope many colleges and universities will take advantage of
it."

Doug Bennett
President, Earlham College
The Observatory Blog

 

"Colleges can take simple steps to tell the public about how they measure student learning. That’s the message of a Transparency Framework that has just been unveiled by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment."

The Chronicle for Higher Education