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Past Featured Websites

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School & Criteria
Description

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Featured Website

Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository



The Office of Academic Assessment’s website, at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), hosts a variety of resources showcasing the university’s efforts on improving student learning. The information provided on the website includes a variety of useful materials instructing educators on how to undertake assessment of student learning at UNLV. The website outlines a plan for academic assessment, including definitions and assumptions. Information on general education assessment as well as the peer review process and UNLV academic assessment policy are easily located. Additionally, the Department has established a culture of transparency by publishing periodic assessment reports and plans by program, as well as, providing information about the Academic Assessment Committee, members of the committee, and their detailed contact information.

UNLV’s Office of Academic Assessment offers a vast variety of assessment information in a centralized location, becoming this month’s featured website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository.

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Finger Lakes Community College

Featured Website

Criterion:
Communication

Navigation



Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) Assessment Office website provides valuable content and resources regarding the role that assessment plays at the Institution. The website describes the way assessment works and explores its usefulness to the academic process. In an effort to showcase its educational value, the website shows an array of values that the institution hopes its students will acquire. These very same values form the core of FLCC's learning outcomes assessment. As part of the resources offered on the website, a graphic representation of FLCC’s learning framework is shown, as well as, contact information for featured assessment coaches who are available to guide professionals through the assessment improvement process.

Given the clear presentation of their assessment efforts, along with the ease of navigating the site for information, the Finger Lakes Community College Assessment Office website, is this month’s featured website in the category of Communication and Navigation.

 

American Public University System

Criterion:
Communication

Creativity



American Public University System’s Learning Outcomes Assessment website offers various assessment resources for students, faculty, and staff. The website offers Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) Student Process guidelines on the necessary steps to attain required outcomes, meet graduation requirements, and practice sample assessment questions. In addition, website visitors can access a comprehensive and clearly defined glossary of outcomes assessment terms, and various faculty resources. For example, curricular map and rubric samples are provided. Another useful element of the website is the LOA FAQs section where answers to common questions provide information to website visitors on the assessment process and requirements. Finally, LOA data is visually presented on interactive tables and graphs. For these reasons, American Public University System’s Learning Outcomes Assessment webpage is NILOA’s Featured Website in Communication and Creativity.

 

Washington State University

Criterion:
Communication

Centralized Assessment Repository



Washington State University’s Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) website offers visitors an insight into how the university approaches its student learning assessment initiatives. The website features links to a host of assessment related content, such as key assessment elements including content about writing student learning outcomes and using assessments. Also, there are links to curriculum maps, direct measures, indirect measures, and assessment plans.

In addition to these key assessment elements, is content about assessment-related workshops and assessment data analysis toolkits, using focus groups for program assessment, designing student surveys, and course evaluations. Equally useful, the website provides assessment resources and announcements on its main page that may be fruitful to visitors. Finally, event such as an assignment design workshop, information on assessment mini-grants, and materials on spotlights related to use of assessment are clearly communicated. Given the content and clarity of Washington State University’s Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) website, it is this month’s featured website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository and Communication.

 

Southern Connecticut State University

Criterion:
Communication

Southern Connecticut State University’s Office of Assessment and Planning web page provides viewers with a clear and holistic understanding of the institution’s student learning assessment efforts. Located on the web page is a link to information about the university's assessment process, which explains how assessment is undertaken and who is involved. Also, the web page provides content about the institution’s approach to and use of student learning outcomes in addition to sharing information about the University's involvement with the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) and use of assessment information for accreditation. The web page has links to faculty and staff content and resources too, such as links to assessment organizations and information about faculty activity reporting procedures. Under information on student learner outcomes, viewers can find alignment of outcomes, and information on how elements are brought together into a coherent system of campus-level evidence of student learning. Finally, responding to external audiences and pulling from various sources of evidence, information is provided on what students gain from a “Southern Education”. Given this clear communication of student learning assessment, NILOA is pleased to designate Southern Connecticut State University’s Office of Assessment and Planning web page as this month’s featured website in the category of Communication.

 

University of San Diego

Criterion:
Communication
Creativity

The University of San Diego’s Student Outcomes website presents a detailed account of the university’s student learning assessment efforts. The website includes links to information about Student Learning, Retention and Graduation Rates, and Career Outcomes. In particular, the Student Learning section offers access to content about Institutional, Undergraduate, Graduate, and co-curricular learning outcomes, plus information about student engagement and program review. This section also offers an overview of student learning by discipline. Within the Retention and Graduate Rates section, viewers can analyze retention and graduation data of undergraduate students and graduate students at the university. Furthermore, the Career Outcomes section offers information about students’ post-graduate career activities in addition to providing visitors a Search Career function that allows one to search post-graduation information by discipline. Given this clear and creative presentation of student learning assessment efforts, the University of San Diego’s Student Outcomes website is this month’s featured website in the categories of Communication and Creativity.

 

Point Loma Nazarene University

Criterion:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

Point Loma Nazarene University’s Institutional Assessment webpage provides an in-depth, holistic look at the university’s assessment efforts. The webpage covers three central areas of the institution's assessment practices: institutional, co-curricular, and academic. The institutional assessment section includes links to assessment guidelines, rubrics, and templates for academic programs, reports of its participation with the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP), in addition to information about its use of LiveText software for documenting student learning through student e-portfolios. The co-curricular section shares information about its program review process through its prioritization template and its approach to student and spiritual development. The academic assessment section details the university’s commitment to assessment through the transparent communication of its missionstudent learning outcomes, and assessment plan, among other content, as it pertains to its academic departments, from Art & Design to Clinical Counseling. Given the webpage’s clear and comprehensive presentation of its assessment information, Point Loma Nazarene University is this month’s featured website in the categories of Communication and Centralized Assessment Repository

Lane Community College

Criterion:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

Lane Community College’s assessment website offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the practice of assessment and how the college implements its own assessment plans. In addition to an introductory educational video about assessment, there are links to the college’s Core Learning Outcomes (CLOs), Course Learning Outcomes, and Institutional Context – content that articulates the college’s approach to assessment and its learning expectations of students. Also included within the website are Core Learning Outcomes rubrics created by faculty members at the college. Versions of these rubrics cover topics such writing reflective essays, engaging in round table discussions, and critical thinking. There are also links to the college’s Current Projects and Events and Reports and Actions. Within the Reports and Actions webpage, viewers can read about the college’s assessment action plan, assessment synthesis reports, and student learning outcomes assessment plan, among others. Given the clarity and depth of Lane Community College’s assessment website, it is this month’s featured website in the category of Communication and Centralized Assessment Repository

University of Kansas

Criterion:
Communication

The University of Kansas’s Student Affairs Assessment webpage clearly communicates its assessment practices through its Strategic Plan, Learning Outcomes for the division and departments, Projects and Reports, and Tools webpages. In addition to their Student Affairs Annual Impact Reports, the Projects and Reports webpage highlights the use of these learning outcomes in designing and completing assessment projects within each of the departments. There are also assessment resources located on the Tools webpage to inform ongoing assessment efforts.

The learning and development goals were adopted as a division after review and alignment with the KU undergraduate core and an extensive process of seeking feedback from full-time and part-time staff members. Finally, an assessment committee meets monthly to plan and discuss Student Affairs assessment efforts. Given the clarity of its learning outcomes assessment practices, the University of Kansas’s Student Affairs Assessment webpage is this month’s Featured Website in the category of Communication.

Pepperdine University

Criterion:
Communication

Pepperdine University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness website provides a host of information about the university's assessment practices. Viewers can read about institutional learning outcomes and program learning outcomes in addition to assessment reports. There is also content about the university’s educational effectiveness regarding direct and indirect effectiveness indicators. The website has facts and figures to further understand the effectiveness of university programs.

Along with information on accreditation, there are application processes for assessment mini-grants, information on the assessment management system, and program review guidelines and reports. Further, the website provides an overview of the assessment cycle for Pepperdine. Given the clarity and breadth of information about the university’s assessment practices, Pepperdine University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness website is this month’s featured website in the category of communication.

DePaul University

Criterion:
Communication

DePaul University’s Teaching, Learning and Assessment website provides viewers with well-defined information about the institution’s approach to student learning outcomes assessment. Included within the website are links to the creation and mapping of learning outcomes, the overview of the assessment approach at DePaul, assessment awards, and support services for undertaking assessment. Under teaching support, which includes a blog titled “learning in progress” is information on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) along with SoTL grants.  Within the website, there is also a student resources page in support of student success. Given the clarity and accessibility of the student learning outcomes assessment information presented on DePaul’s Teaching, Learning and Assessment website, it is this month’s Featured Website in the Category of Communication.  

University of Alaska Anchorage

Criterion:
Communication

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s Student Affairs Assessment webpage provides viewers with a concise overview of the university’s student affairs assessment efforts. Included within the webpage is an explanation about the university student affairs assessment efforts on the front page in addition to links regarding End of Year reports, Annual Goal Review and Alignment Process, and Student Affairs Student Outcomes, among other related information such as Key Performance Indicators. Because the website presents the university’s student affairs assessment efforts in a clear manner it is this month’s Featured website in the category of Communication.

Columbus State Community College

Criterion:
Communication

Columbus State Community College’s Outcomes Based Assessment website provides viewers with rich and direct information about the college’s assessment effort. Included within the website are institutional learning outcomes and goals, general education learning goals and outcomes, and the college’s assessment process that details the steps of identifying outcomes, creating a plan, data collection, and communicating and sharing information. These links provide viewers with accessible and clearly communicated information about the college’s assessment at different levels within the institution.

There is also a link to approved program assessment reports ranging from 2010 to 2014 that provides a look into how the college’s programs aligned their learning outcomes to learning opportunities. In addition, viewers can read more about the committee structure behind the college’s assessment effort, assessment resources, and policy and procedure statements. The Outcomes Based Assessment website presents the college’s assessment ideas and practices in a clear and accessible manner and is this month’s featured website in the category of communication.

Boston University

Criterion:
Communication

Boston University’s Program Learning Outcomes Assessment webpages serve as an example of how to present student learning outcomes assessment information clearly. In particular, the webpages include a welcoming cover page that explains the purpose and personnel in charge of the university’s assessment efforts. Attached to this cover page are links to specific information regarding the university’s program learning outcomes assessments, such as Learning Outcomes by Program and BU Assessment FAQs. Within these webpages, viewers can explore various program outcomes at the university from the BU Libraries to the Office of the Provost.  

There are also other links that further demonstrate the university’s assessment efforts and resources, such as the Assessment Mini-Grant Program, Past Assessment Workshops, and Resources for Assessment. All of these links are helpful towards understanding the university’s assessment efforts. An Academic Program Review webpage informs how the program learning outcomes assessment fits within the university’s larger assessment goals.  Given the clear presentation of its program learning outcomes assessment, Boston University’s Program Learning Outcomes Assessment webpages are this month Featured Website in the category of Communication.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Criterion:
Communication

Guided by the mission to showcase teaching excellence, student learning, and accountability, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Assessment Central website contains a wealth of information about the university’s assessment efforts. Included within the website are links to the Program Plans and Reports that contains information about some of the colleges’ assessment plans and reports, including the College of Arts, Letters, and Science, College of Business (COB), and the College of Engineering and Information Technology. There are also links regarding library assessment and student affairs assessment at the university. Within each of these links, viewers can read about some of the assessment practices and resulting reports taking place within the colleges at the university.

In addition to the colleges’ assessment plans and reports, the Assessment Central website also includes a link its program review process that has information about instructions for departmental program reviews, accredited programs, non-accredited programs, and instructions for distance technology learning. There is also a suggested program review timeline about assessment guidelines and timeframes. Beyond the program review process, there are also links to handbooks and resources that provide further information about the university’s assessment efforts. With this information, the Assessment Central website presents the university’s assessment efforts in a clear and accessible manner and for this reason is this month’s featured website in the category of communication.

Westmont College

Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository

Westmont College’s Student Achievement webpage provides viewers with insights and information about the institution’s assessment efforts in a clear and concise manner. The webpage includes information about retention and graduation rates, institutional learning outcomes, general education learning outcomes, and program learning outcomes. The webpage also has a link to an institutional portfolio page that contains information about the college’s accreditation, student demographics, and surveys. Given that the webpage provides viewers a central location for assessment information, it is this month’s feature website in the category of centralized assessment repository.

California State University Fullerton

Criteria:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

California State University Fullerton’s Assessment and Educational Effectiveness website offers detailed information about the university’s student learning assessment effort. Included within the website are links to the university’s commitment to student learning reports, the university’s college and department assessment efforts, and campus—wide assessment efforts. Through these links viewers can download and review PDF documents that outline the university’s assessment plans and practices. The website also allows visitors to view information about training and workshops and assessment resources in general. This holistic and clear presentation of the university’s assessment process is why the website is this month’s featured website in the categories of communication and centralized assessment repository.

James Madison University

Criteria:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

James Madison University’s redesigned Center for Assessment & Research Studies website continues to be a central spot for assessment resources related to the university’s assessment effort in addition to national and global information about assessment. Included within the webpage are links to resources and templates about writing and mapping learning outcome objectives, collecting and analyzing data, and the task of using data. The webpage also has specific information for student affairs assessment and general education assessment. For students, the webpage has information about the university’s Assessment Day that aims to help students understand the role of assessment as it relates to their learning.  As this month’s Featured Website in the categories of Communication and Centralized Assessment Repository, the Center for Assessment & Research Studies webpage serves as an insightful resource for a wide audience interested in assessment and student learning.  

Dixie State University

Criteria:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

Visitors to Dixie State University’s Office of Academic Assessment webpages can appreciate the details of the university’s assessment mission statement. In the sprit of providing the campus community evidence to promote “skills and resources to assess student learning,” visitors can read about the university’s assessment cycle and process. This information includes access to the university assessment forms that address program learning outcomes, curricula mapping, and annual assessment reports.

Also included on the webpages are examples of how different programs at the university have actually engaged in this process. These examples cover multi-year assessment plans, curriculum maps, and assessment reports. In addition, there are also links to resources that address how to develop program learning outcomes, create and use rubrics, and the difference between direct and indirect evidence of student learning. Given that the webpages provide clear and concrete information about the university’s assessment efforts, they are this month’s featured website in the categories of Communication and Centralized Assessment Repository.

Wayne State University

Criterion:
Communication

Wayne State University’s program assessment webpage presents a detailed overview of how the university assesses student learning within programs. Located on the webpage is a framework that outlines each of the university’s assessment steps,  including identifying programs goals, specifying intended outcomes, improving programs based on results, and measuring whether students meet outcomes. These steps are complimented by a clear assessment mission statement, which helps viewers frame how the university conducts student learning assessments.

Located on the webpage are also links to different assessment material aimed at improving assessment practices across the university. This material includes curriculum map examples and templates, video tutorials that address the various steps in assessing student learning, and a link for additional resources that provides information about relevant organizations, people and publications about student learning assessment. The webpage offers useful information about the university’s assessment efforts and is this month’s Featured Website in the category of Communication.

University of Montana

Criteria:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

The University of Montana’s Planning Assessment Continuum website provides a collection of information regarding the university’s assessment practices in conservation with institutional and policy concerns. Visitors to the website can browse four areas of focus, which includes Planning, Implementation, and Analysis. In addition, within each area is content related to conducting assessments such as the university’s planning environment, implementation environment, and assessment environment, all of which are couched in larger policy concerns related to the university.

Documents and reports about the university’s assessment efforts, especially with academic programming include institutional assessment reports from 2009 to 2014, learning outcomes assessment procedures, and academic department assessment reports. The website offers visitors both a holistic and practical overview of the university assessment efforts, especially in regards to academic programming and, therefore, is this month’s featured website in the categories of Communication and Centralized Assessment Repository.

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository

Demonstrating a positive assessment culture, the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Assessment at UNCW website highlights the university’s commitment to evaluating and assessing student learning.  Within the website, visitors can appreciate the university’s learning goals, which includes categories such as critical thinking, thoughtful expression, and diversity. Equally useful is the General Education Assessment section where information about the university’s assessment process can be found. From the university’s philosophy and rational to program improvement, visitors can review how the university conducts and maintains its assessment practices.

The website also contains detailed information about the university’s assessment practices within academic programs. Located on the website are links to the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, and School of Business assessment overviews.  This is in addition to assessment resources that address particular majors within the university from general education to Theatre. Given the breadth of assessment information located on University of North Carolina Wilmington’s assessment website, the website is this month’s Featured Website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository.

Texas A&M University

Criteria:
Communication

Texas A&M University’s Student Life Studies website includes highlights from its various assessment initiatives, such as its participation in the Student Experience in the Research University Survey, in the Assessment Educational Series for 2014, and the use of campus surveys. In addition, the Student Leader Learning Outcomes Project provides information for staff to utilize with student leaders when assessing learning in relation to student leadership experiences. Rubrics are provided to help assess co-curricular experiences.

The information on the website includes information on and results from surveys, such as the 2015 Disability Services Student Employment Exit Survey, the 2014 National Student Financial Wellness Study, and the Aggies RISE: DSA Student Worker Learning Outcomes. Within these documents, the purpose, outline, and implementation of surveys within student affairs programs is available. Because the website provides clear examples of assessment initiatives within a student affairs context, Texas A&M University’s Student Life Studies Website is this month’s Featured Website in the category of Communication.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Criteria:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Student Learning Outcomes Assessment website presents information regarding institution-level assessment processes taking place at the university. Included within the website areessential outcomes for the University, an Institutional Effectiveness Map (IE MAP), and information about the university’s assessment measures. Further, there is information on assessment awards and grantsincluding the Provost’s award for excellence in student learning outcomes assessment.

Visitors to the website can also view administrative unit assessments along with program-level assessment practices at the university, such as a program level outcomes assessment planprogram resources for conducting assessments, and course level assessment plans. There is also information on general education assessment plansand administrative unit assessment.  Given this website’s breadth of assessment information presented in an organized manner, it is this month’s Featured Website in the categories of Centralized Assessment Repository and Communication.

The Ohio State University's Center for the Study of Student Life (CSSL)

Criteria:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

The Ohio State University’s Center for the Study of Student Life (CSSL) website presents clear and concise information regarding the university’s ability to positively impact student development and outcomes. Visitors to the website can view a database of CSSL Reports pertaining to “Diversity and Inclusion,” “Involvement and Engagement,” and “Wellness,” among other categories.

Also located on the website is a list of CSSL Conference Presentations that may provide viewers with useful information regarding student development and assessment practices. There are also links to Resources, Training Webinars, and Student Life Reporting, all of which provide a host of information towards understanding effective assessment practices of student development. Finally, there are short data pieces shared from different assessment results succinctly shared on the website. Given this website’s breadth of information regarding assessment practices, it is this month’s Featured Website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository and Communication.

University of California - Irvine

Criterion:
Communication

University of California – Irvine’s Student Affairs Learning Outcomes website shares its on-going co-curricular learning assessment effort. Within the website, visitors can view the participants of the assessment effort, the University’s five student-learning domains used to assess student development, and the general timeline of the assessment effort. For each learning domain, there are additional links that elaborate the meaning behind each domain as it relates to student learning.

In addition to their 2013-2014 co-curricular assessment results, there is also a list of resources on the website that might be helpful to visitors. These resources include links around the promotion of co-curricular scholarship, other assessment projects, and discussions around assessments tools, among other topics. There is also a link on how to create student-learning outcomes, which provides four defining elements. This website effectively communicates the University’s co-curricular learning assessment effort and thus is this Month’s Featured Website in the category of Communication.

Berkeley City College

Criterion:
Creativity

Berkeley City College's Student Learning Outcomes Assessment" webpage provides useful information regarding its learning outcomes assessment efforts. In particular, visitors to the webpage can explore various links that highlight the college's approach to learning outcome assessments. There are links to the college's definition of learning outcome assessment, how the college outlines its assessment effort, and a list of particular outcomes for each of the courses offered at the college. With this information, visitors can gain a better sense of how to approach and convey their own student learning outcomes assessments.

In addition, there are also links to the college's "Program Assessment Matrices", assessment status updates, and an outline of the college's assessment cycle. Also, there is a link to an assessment video, which provides visitors additional information about the college's assessment efforts via rubrics and an article discussing their work. Given the host of information available to visitors, format of asking questions to present information, and the video content, Berkeley City College's Student Learning Outcomes Assessment webpage is this month's Featured Website for the category of Creativity.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository

University of Wisconsin-Madison's Student Learning Assessment webpage provides a host of information regarding its institution wide assessment efforts. In particular, the webpage presents information about its “Learning Goal Reporting Tool,” an initiative that the institution is using to assess undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs. There is also information regarding its "Learning Goals Workshops" for undergraduate, master's and doctoral program level assessments. The information presented allows visitors to gain a better understanding of its Learning Goal reporting tool.

Visitors to the webpage can also view their general "Plan for the Assessment of Student Learning" and "Plan for Academic Programs." The webpage cover topics such as "Experience and Essential Learning Outcomes," "Academic Program Review," in addition to "Accreditation."" Given the detailed and general presentation of its student learning outcomes assessment efforts, University of Wisconsin-Madison is this month's Featured Website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository.

Ferris State University

Criterion:
Communication

Ferris State University's Student Affairs Assessment webpage provides a host of information regarding its student affairs assessment. Visitors to the webpage can view information regarding the Mission and Goals of the University's student affairs assessment efforts, the organizational structure of the committee that oversees the assessment initiatives and a statement about how these assessment efforts relate to the university's accreditation.

There is additional information on its process of assessment, which includes links to its student affairs assessment highlight reports for each year and multiple divisions along with other helpful information about conducting student affairs assessments. Located on the webpage is also a link to an assessment newsletter that may serve as an example of ways to spread assessment initiatives and outcomes. Overall, Ferris State University's Student Affairs Assessment webpage provides information regarding student affairs assessment using clear and familiar language, supported by concrete examples, and for these reasons it is this month's Featured Website in the category of Communication.

University of Connecticut

Criterion:
Communication

University of Connecticut's Assessment website provides various assessment resources that encourage and support meaningful assessment efforts. Visitors to the site are provided links regarding why assessment is important, what assessments are, and the relationship between assessments and accreditation. Also included within the website are resources for understanding the importance of student learning in relation to assessment efforts.

The website provides information about the components of conducting assessments, the steps for conducting assessments, and how to actually do assessments. Visitors also have access to information that helps relate assessment efforts to curricula. That said, given this website's host of assessment resources regarding the process of conducting meaningful assessments, University of Connecticut's Assessment website is this month’s Featured Website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository.

Cornell University

Criterion:
Communication

Cornell University's Assessment of Student Learning webpages present an overview of the university's student learning assessment efforts. Included within the webpages are messages from the university's provost and vice provost about the university's assessment efforts, ways of putting such information into practice and a list of learning outcomes the university hopes students attain. There is additional information about the university’s student learning goals. The "Putting it Into Practice" page even includes a step by step outline, with a diagram, towards communicating how to effectively use assessment information to improve student learning at the university.

Also included on the "Putting it into Practice" page are a host of institutional examples of assessment plans and results for different academic disciplines. There are examples for Humanities, Life Science, Physical Science, among others, which helps provide a deeper understanding about the institutional diversity of student learning assessments and outcomes. Viewers can also find information on Core Assessment Committee Resources used to improve the university's student learning assessment efforts. Further, there is a Glossary of Terms webpage and FAQ webpage to help establish greater understanding about the university's assessment efforts. Because student learning assessment information and resources are presented in a clear manner, Cornell University's Assessment of Student Learning is this month's Featured Website in the category of Communication.

Marshall University

Criterion:
Communication

Marshall University’s Office of Assessment and Program Reviewprovides viewers access to the university's assessment resources and reviews. In particular, there are various links regarding the university's assessment efforts, including links to their University Assessment Committee and related documents, Learning Outcomes and related rubrics, and assessment reports/reviews including an archive of reports. This website serves as a centralized location for the university's assessment efforts.

In addition, website visitors can also explore the university's Assessment Day information and presentations, as well as information on alumni outcomes and survey reports. Also, the website has information on General Education assessment, looking across multiple years. Given the depth of information available on this website regarding the university's assessment efforts, Marshall University's Office of Assessment and Program Review website is this month’s Featured Website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository.

Sinclair College

Criterion:
Communication

Displaying a variety of information about its assessment mission and practices, Sinclair Community College’s assessment webpages provide viewers with plenty to read and think about. Included within the webpages are links to information about articulation and transfer, assessment of student learning, which focuses on general education outcomes, and a diagram about how curriculum is developed at Sinclair. All of this information can help viewers understand and appreciate the college’s assessment efforts.

In addition to the information just mentioned, viewers can also learn about the college’s involvement with the AQIP Assessment Project including the college’s rationale for getting involved with AQIP, meeting minutes, quarterly status reports, and annual status reports. Overall, the webpages contain information about the college’s commitment to communicating its assessment practices in a clear manner and is this month’s Featured Website in the category of Communication.  

Butler University

Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository

Butler University’s Office of Institutional Research & Assessment website offers a host of resources regarding their student learning outcome assessment efforts. The website includes information regarding Academic Assessment, Administrative Assessment, which includes Administrative Assessment Reports, in addition to information regarding their University Assessment Committee. This website is a centralized location for the university’s assessment efforts.

Included in the Academic Assessment section, website visitors can view academic assessment reports, regarding the university’s colleges and programs assessment efforts, in addition to their Academic Assessment Committee’s Academic Program Review purpose statement. There is also information on the university’s mini-grants for assessment-related activities for the university. Because these various resources are located in a central location, Butler University’s Office of Institutional Research & Assessment website is this month’s Featured Website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository.

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SUNY University at Albany

Criterion:
Creativity Communication

SUNY University at Albany’s Student Success Assessment website offers a collection of infographics designed to highlight assessment of various student affairs offices and programs. The infographics present data from a number of campus resources, including Career Services, Campus Safety, Parents Council, Student Involvement and Leadership, and Conflict Resolution and Civic Responsibility. Also included are infographics on the effectiveness of attending campus events on classroom success, getting involved in campus organizations, and connecting with faculty.

In addition to using infographics, UAlbany shares assessment findings in a number of other ways, including an interactive Continuous Improvement Inventory, which outlines improvements and changes at UAlbany as a result of assessment efforts, and Assessment Briefs detailing assessment data collected by UAlbany’s Student Success and Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness offices. The website also includes information on several UAlbany assessment projects, including the Student Learning Project and the Your Voice campaign, which aims to increase awareness of assessment efforts at UAlbany. Due to its imaginative use of infographics and other approaches for sharing student affairs assessment data, UAlbany’s Student Success Assessment website is this month’s Featured Website in the categories of Creativity and Communication.

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Long Beach City College

Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository

Long Beach City College’s Outcomes Assessment website offers an array of resources intended to guide visitors through each step of an Outcomes Assessment Loop. The site includes instructions for developing effective student learning outcomes, recommendations for assessing SLOs at the course and program level, tips for collecting and organizing assessment data, and guidance on analyzing and using assessment results. Also included are resources for creating curriculum maps and approaching institution-level and service unit assessment.

The website features pages designed to provide students with general information on learning outcomes and specific information related to course- and program-level learning outcomes. Site visitors can also view comprehensive, clickable lists of assessment resources and articles, frequently asked questions, an archive of assessment activities at LBCC, and examples of assessment reports at the course and program and institution level. For its extensive inventory of student learning outcomes resources, Long Beach City College’s Outcomes Assessment website is this month’s Featured Website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository.

North Dakota State University

Criteria:
Communication
Creativity
Centralized Assessment Repository

North Dakota State University’s student affairs assessment website features videos, reports, and infographics designed to communicate NDSU’s student affairs assessment data to a variety of audiences. On the assessment resources  page, site visitors can view a short video introducing student affairs assessment activities at NDSU, as well as links to video tutorials on using Excel to analyze data and create charts, creating and using rubrics, and writing surveys. On the Reports by Department and Program page, users will find succinct student learning and persistence reports, several of which include infographics intended to communicate student affairs assessment findings to students.

In addition to a list of external resources available on the assessment resources page, NDSU’s website also provides a range of internal assessment resources, including a Student Success Programs Report; assessment report templates; a list of current assessment projects at NDSU; and presentations, rubrics, and worksheets from NDSU’s staff development project, Student Affairs Assessment Academy. Due to its inspired use of video tutorials and infographics to clearly communicate student affairs assessment data and its ample array of internal and external student affairs assessment resources, North Dakota State University’s student affairs assessment website is this month’s featured website in the categories of Communication, Creativity, and Centralized Assessment Repository.

University of Rhode Island

Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository

The University of Rhode Island’s Student Learning, Outcomes Assessment and Accreditation website provides a wealth of assessment information and supporting documents. The site presents student learning outcomes and materials for program assessment at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including downloadable reporting forms and rubrics for undergraduate and graduate programs. Also included are resources for creating and using curriculum maps, and the site’s Academic Program Assessment Report Summaries allow website visitors to look across departments to view summaries of program assessment reports.

The site also offers a reference guide featuring answers to frequently asked questions; details on general education assessment at URI; links to internal and external assessment resources; guidelines for writing assessment reports; links to various assessment conferences and webinars; and winners of assessment mini-grants. Due to its abundance of assessment resources, URI’s Student Learning, Outcomes Assessment and Accreditation website is this month’s featured website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository.

Indiana University Southeast

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Centralized Assessment Repository

Indiana University Southeast’s Institutional Research & Assessment website presents a detailed overview of the assessment process at IU Southeast. The site includes brief summaries of assessment activities at the program level, as well as an overview of general education assessment. Also included on the site are General Education Assessment Committee Reports, and the Assessment Overview page features a snapshot of where campus programs are in the assessment process. The site also provides results of various student surveys, including NSSE reports.

The website offers an abundance of assessment resources, including information on applying for Assessment Grants, resources related to Curriculum Mapping, links to assessment articles and research, and an assessment handbook for faculty. Due to its comprehensive presentation of assessment resources and assessment activities at Indiana University Southeast, the Institutional Research & Assessment website is this month’s featured website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository.

LaGuardia Community College

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Centralized Assessment Repository

LaGuardia Community College’s Outcomes Assessment website provides direction for faculty and assessment professionals on how to use ePortfolios to carry out assessment plans. The site includes an About page, which includes a history of assessment activities at LaGuardia; definitions of and rubrics for LaGuardia’s Core Competencies; and a diagram of LaGuardia’s Core Competency Assessment Cycle. The site also features a Program Review page, which outlines the use of ePortfolios at LaGuardia, and presents examples of program review guidelines, timelines, and competency statements.

LaGuardia’s assessment website also includes a Resources page, which provides links to general education competency grids for each program, and a presentation and a paper on the assessment process at LaGuardia. Due to its supply of examples and resources related to assessment and the use of ePortfolios, LaGuardia Community College’s Outcomes Assessment website is this month’s featured website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository.

Miami University

Criteria:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

Miami University’s CELTUA websiteprovides a wealth of information on assessment activities at Miami University. The site includes assessment success stories, in which Miami faculty briefly address their experiences developing and assessing student learning outcomes within their respective departments. The Student Success Plan page features links to Miami’s general education learning outcomes and descriptions of the projects intended to address these outcomes, as well as a list of learning outcomes within individual majors and information on Miami’s assessment of student engagement.

Site visitors can also view short Assessment Briefs outlining current assessment projects at Miami and a page outlining the University Honors program’s new e-portfolio project.   The site also includes resource pages such as Assessment Basics, CELTUA seminar and workshop documents, as well as videos and podcasts of previous CELTUA seminars. Due to its comprehensive and accessible presentation of assessment activities at Miami University, the CELTUA website is this month’s featured website in the categories of Communication and Centralized Assessment Repository.

Kansas State University

Criteria:
Communication
Creativity
Centralized Assessment Repository

Kansas State University’s Office of Assessment website features interactive infographics outlining Kansas State’s senior survey and NSSE data. The infographics allow site visitors to sort and view survey data, and the site provides detailed information on the survey results presented in the infographics. The site also provides information on Kansas State’s annual conference, Institute for Student Learning Assessment, including links to past conference programs and slides.

Kansas State’s website also includes information regarding assessment and student learning outcomes at Kansas State, degree and program-level assessment plans, as well as an assessment toolkit and additional resources related to assessment. Due to its innovative presentation of data and its accessible inventory of assessment resources, Kansas State University’s Office of Assessment website is this month’s featured website in the categories of Communication, Creativity, and Centralized Assessment Repository.

D'Youville College School of Pharmacy

Criteria:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

D’Youville College’s School of Pharmacy has created a comprehensive website detailing the assessment process for D’Youville’s PharmD program. The site provides a road map for assessment of the PharmD program by offering an overview of educational and programmatic assessment that includes an adaptation of NILOA’s Transparency Framework. The site also presents D’Youville’s annual assessment plans; the program’s intended outcomes; and an assessment timeline describing assessments to be completed by students, faculty, and administrators.

The site features a chart of the Stages of Professional Mastery and an explanation of how each stage applies to PharmD students at D’Youville, as well as annual assessment reports and links to theAccreditation Council for Pharmacy Education standards guiding D’Youville’s student learning outcomes. For providing extensive and accessible information on its assessment process, D’Youville’s School of Pharmacy assessment website is this month’s featured website in the categories of Communication andCentralized Assessment Repository.

SUNY Geneseo

Criteria:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

SUNY Geneseo has created an Academic Assessment Wiki which details assessment activities across the Geneseo campus. Each academic program maintains a page on the Wiki outlining the program’s learning outcomes, recent assessment-related actions, and a statement on how the program is working to close the assessment loop. The Wiki also provides a detailed plan for general education assessment at Geneseo, as well as learning outcomes and assessment results for various areas of general education.

Geneseo’s Academic Assessment Wiki offers visitors clearly stated and easy-to-understand information on recording assessment results, links to assessment resources, and answers to frequently asked questions about assessment. Also included is a blog exploring various topics related to assessment. Due to its innovative and comprehensive presentation of assessment resources and activities, SUNY Geneseo’s Wiki is this month’s featured website in the categories of Creativity and Centralized Assessment Repository.

Queensboro Community College

Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository

Queensborough Community College’s Institutional Assessment and Assessment of Student Learningwebsite provides a comprehensive overview of assessment activities at QCC. In addition to providing general assessment resources to all site visitors, QCC’s website features focused guides for faculty andadministrators intended to assist with creating a comprehensive, integrated, and sustained assessment process.

Website visitors can view annual strategic plans, institution-wide performance reports, and program-specific reports, as well as a list of institutional assessment resources such as QCC’s Office of Institutional Research Fact Book, QCC’s General Education Objectives, and a Visual Guide to Institutional Effectiveness. Due to its extensive and accessible collection of assessment resources, Queensborough Community College’s assessment website is this month’s Featured Website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository.

Easterm Illinois University

Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository

Eastern Illinois University’s assessment website presents extensive information on EIU’s assessment efforts, guided by EIU’s Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning (CASL). The website provides assessment reports related to CASL’s four learning goals for EIU’s general education program: to demonstrate ability to write effectivelyspeak effectivelythink critically, and function as responsible global citizens. The website also features a detailed Plan for the Assessment of Student Learning, which outlines the history, objectives, and methods of assessment at EIU.

Website visitors can view departmental assessment plans, executive summaries of assessment reports by college; results from EIU alumni surveysCASL’s newsletter; and links to external assessment resources. Due to its comprehensive and accessible presentation of EIU’s assessment process and findings, EIU’s assessment website is this month’s featured website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository.

Howard University

Criterion:
Communication

Howard University’s Office of Institutional Assessment & Evaluation (OIAE) website presents an overview of Howard’s evidence-based approach to assessment. Howard’s quarterly newsletters provide ongoing data related to student achievement and student satisfaction at Howard, including student and faculty survey results, student interviews, and updates on various student programs.

Howard’s detailed conceptual framework and strategic plan for assessment not only presents Howard’s general approach to assessment, but also describes specific methods of measuring student performance at the university, program, and course level. A reports page provides analysis of these measurements, as well as results of various institutional surveys and occasional reports. Due to its straightforward and thorough presentation of the assessment process at Howard, Howard University’s OIAE website is this month’s featured website in the category of Communication.

Valencia College

Criteria:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

Valencia College’s Institutional Assessment website offers full, unrestricted access to all of its assessment documents and activities, including general education and program-level learning outcomes and examples of data, rubrics, and plans used in assessment at Valencia. The site  allows visitors to view in-progress workbooks for AA and AS programs, which detail how each program’s course offerings align with the program’s learning outcomes, as well as how these outcomes align with Valencia’s general education outcomes.

The site also provides key findings for Valencia College from several national surveys, links to surveying and reporting tools used for assessment, results of focus groups on Valencia College’s Leadership Academy and REACH programs, and an archive of Florida State Assessment Meeting programs and presentations since 2010. Due to its comprehensive and freely accessible catalogue of assessment data, Valencia College’s Institutional Assessment website is this month’s Featured Website in the categories of Communication and Centralized Assessment Repository.

Degree Qualifications Profile in Oregon

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Criterion:
Creativity

The DQP in Oregon website outlines the efforts of the seven-campus Oregon University System and Oregon’s seventeen independent community colleges to develop a Degree Qualifications Profile that is specific to Oregon. The site features ongoing projects, including interactive spidergraphs for each of the twenty-four institutions represented in the DQP in Oregon, which allow visitors to see how institution-specific program and course outcomes function within the DQP learning outcomes spiderweb. Visitors can click one or more program outcomes to change the spidergraph for an institution, providing a detailed account of how the program fulfills the DQP outcomes either individually or in conjunction with other outcomes.

Site visitors can also view at-a-glance overviews and explore work plans for each Oregon institution; read a summary of responses to institutional activity reports; and learn about past DQP conferences. The site also provides extensive information on the DQP, The Lumina Foundation, and NILOA. Due to its innovative application of the DQP at the state level, the DQP in Oregon website is this month’s Featured Website in the category of Creativity.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

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Centralized Assessment Repository

Anoka-Ramsey Community College has created a comprehensive assessment resource website which offers extensive resources for faculty, including a glossary of assessment terms, levels and documentation of assessment, rubric guidelines, the process for collecting and reviewing assessment data, and guidesheets for each degree type offered at ARCC. The website also provides assessment resources for students, which includes a brief overview of ARCC's assessment process and links to the individual program guidesheets.

ARCC uses eLumen software to collect and analyze assessment data received from surveys, lab reports, written papers, oral presentations, and portfolios, and ARCC's website provides step-by-step instructions for logging into and using eLumen. ARCC has used their assessment information to measure broad, campus-wide student learning as well as effectiveness of individual program goals. ARCC's website is May's featured website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository because of its wealth of easily accessible and clearly articulated assessment resource information.

Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)

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Criterion:
Communication
Creativity

This website presents survey results from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) in an easily accessible, interactive format. The website’s SnaapShot provides a breakdown of survey data, including type of arts major, location of employment, type of degree attained, current occupation of arts graduates, and debt and earnings information. Each interactive section of the SnaapShot displays an overview of SNAAP survey data, and visitors can hover over areas of interest to view more specific statistical data. The website also includes more detailed reports of the survey results, as well as DataBrief, a newsletter of current SNAAP research findings.

The website offers visitors detailed information on becoming involved with SNAAP, including an administrative timeline, sample questionnaires, and webinars on how to use institutional-level SNAAP data.  Due to its accessible and artful presentation of SNAAP survey data, this website is this month’s Featured Website in the categories of Communication and Creativity.

Boston College

Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository
Communication

Boston College’s Assessment website is a comprehensive resource for guidance and support for assessment professionals and departments. It features links to the college’s Assessment Cycle and Assessment Handbook, Departmental Outcomes, a conversation guide that departments can use to examine their assessment programs, and examples of assessment projects from various Student Affairs departments.

In addition to providing college-wide assessment resources, the website’s Workshops and Training page contains workshop presentations and schedules and offers contact information for departments wishing to create personalized, program-specific workshops on assessment. The site also includes a Lending Library that lists texts available for Student Affairs professionals to borrow. Due to the abundance of useful links and assessment information available to visitors, Boston College's comprehensive Assessment website is this month’s Featured Website in the categories of Communication and Centralized Assessment Repository.

Salt Lake Community College

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Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository
Creativity

This website features Examples of Excellence, a collection of videos in which SLCC professors, instructors, and staff discuss how they have used SLCC's assessment practices to guide and verify student success, utilize SLCC's college-wide outcomes rubric, study student success rates, and more. In conjuction with its academic assessment data, SLCC provides data for each of SLCC's student service departments. The site includes current individual reports for each department, an archive of previous years' reports, as well as an annual report detailing all Student Services Assessment Data.

SLCC provides access to its Assessment Documentation Table. This tool allows guests to sort information by school, division, or program, and provides mission statements, SLOs, curriculum map grids, and assessment plans. Assessment results are password protected and not available to guests. SLCC developed a master assessment timeline and standard rubrics to facilitate congruent assessment practices across departments.

California Lutheran University

California Lutheran

Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository
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California Lutheran University (CLU) has about a decade’s worth of experience with student learning outcomes (SLOs) assessment. Driven by its core commitments of Liberal Learning, Professional Preparation, and Character and Leadership Development, CLU has designed 8 detailed institutional SLOs and rubrics. These SLOs have been translated into specific departmental Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). The site provides resources to students and faculty as they use SLOs.  Faculty are able to learn how to write SLOs and how to incorporate SLOs into their syllabi and courses.  In addition to providing a timeline for program reviews and inventory and monthly calendar of administered surveys, CLU has made available its Program Review Handbook, and each year since 2006, CLU has held a professional development day which includes assessment related topics. CLU has also made the program and PowerPoint presentations from past Assessment Symposiums available to the public.


El Camino College

El Camino College Student Learning Outcomes Page

Criterion:
Centralized Assessment Repository
Creativity

El Camino College developed a provocative, witty parody about the importance of student learning outcomes and associated faculty hesitations. This video features two faculty members at the water cooler talking about assessing student learning. The video highlights the work faculty members do routinely in their daily practice to document what students know and can do. To those ends, El Camino College has developed a chart illustrating the differences between Course Objectives and SLOs.  Faculty members are guided through the SLO assessment cycle for their individual classes which are framed through institutional core competencies.Additionally, El Camino College has made its Assessment Plans and Assessment Reports accessible, in both access and language, to the public.

Northern Virginia Community College

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Centralized Assessment Repository

Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Office of Academic Assessment offers faculty, students, and visitors a plethora of resources on assessment.  With a focus of “implementing outcome-based evaluation processes for all instructional programs, administrative units, and campuses,” NOVA exhibits a dedication to linking assessment with learning to produce a culture of evidence.  A great deal of NOVA’s approach to assessment is culminated in the continuous “Assessment Loop.”  The assessment loop begins with identifying student learning outcomes, which in turn guide curriculum mapping and selection of assessment methods. Each step in the assessment cycle links to additional resources and tips on how-to go about each step. Some of the resources available include: (1) timeline/procedures for documenting Student Learning Outcomes (SLO); (2) access to report data; (3) written SLOs for degree-awarding programs; (4) examples of assessment methods and how results are used to improve student learning; and (5) various faculty training workshops on integrating and using assessment in the classroom. In addition, programs and disciplines are reviewed on a regular basis and the evaluation reports are available as well as reports looking across programs.

Rio Salado College

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Criterion:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

Rio Salado College was recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for “building an accessible, comprehensive and systemic process for assessment, accreditation and accountability.”  This practice, along with working within the Presidents’ forum’s Transparency by Design, resulted in CHEA presenting Rio Salado College with the CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes Award. Rio Salado College is highlighted for communicating its well-crafted Assessment Plans, explaining its assessment work to faculty and others who visit its website, and interpreting evidence of student learning in alignment with its mission.  Rio Salado College measures Student Learning Outcomes in critical thinking, information literacy, reading, writing, and sustainability.  Rio Salado believes that “(1) learning is the primary purpose of assessment; (2) assessment should lead to improvement and not be an end unto itself; and (3) faculty and students who understand the value of assessment and participate in assessment activities benefit most from this work.”

Zayed University

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Criterion:
Communication
Centralized Assessment Repository

Zayed University’s Learning Outcomes (ZULOs) is a one-stop shop for a variety of assessment resources.  As an institution, six student learning outcomes are utilized by every department including: (1) Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning; (2) Global Awareness; (3) Information Literacy; (4) Language; (5) Leadership; and (6) Technological Literacy.  Zayed’s website includes rubrics which measure each learning outcome using Indicators and Criteria ranging from Beginning, Developing, and Accomplished to Exemplary.  In addition to these institution-wide learning outcomes, each major has established Major Learning Outcomes (MALOs).  Assessment support is provided to students, staff and faculty through several different means including retreats, assessment awards, and a newsletter, Zulan, distributed to faculty as a means to keep them informed about learning assess at the university. Further, an assessment calendar outlining assessment activities and responsible units is provided.

James Madison University

James Madison University's CARS Office

Criterion: Communication, Creativity, Centralized Assessment Repository

James Madison University’s Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) is a one stop shop for its assessment resources. The Center provides a variety of services including quality assessment service to the university, applied graduate training in both assessment and measurement, increased use of innovative technology in assessment practice, and quality scholarship in assessment and measurement. For its various engaging communication methods, creativity regarding how assessment is conducted on campus, and centrally located assessment, JMU’s CARS is August’s Featured Website.

Marquette University

Marquette University

Criterion: Communication, Creativity, Centralized Assessment Repository

Marquette University’s Assessment Office provides a wealth of assessment information accessible to both internal and external audiences. Its University-Wide Student Learning Assessment Policy outlines assessment principles, responsibilities, and supporting offices. Learning outcomes, assessment plans, assessment highlights, and assessment reports for every major covering 2008, 2009 and 2010-11 are available for each academic and co-curricular unit. Not only does Marquette offer an Assessment page for its academic units, the Division of Student Affairs has one as well. In addition, Your Voice, provides a source which departments can access to survey students about different aspects of campus. For its communication regarding assessment activities, creativity within both its academic and co-curricular units, and centralization of its assessment resources, Marquette University is July’s Featured Website.

American University

Criterion: Creativity, Centralized Assessment Repository

American University’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment Learning Outcomes and Assessment website is designed for both internal and external audiences. Assessment plans are publicly available and include information on indirect/direct measures, group/individual targets, learning outcomes addressed by the assessment, and tentative assessment cycle. Best practices from program/major assessment plans are showcased. For its abundance of information on ongoing assessment activities and mapping best practices within the institution related to assessment, American University’s OIRA is June’s Featured Website.

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville State University

Criterion: Communication, Creativity, Centralized Assessment Repository

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) at Jacksonville State University is committed to providing "accurate, reliable, and systematic departmental and institutional support in research and assessment" through the use of "cutting-edge technology and a collection of high quality, proven tools and resources that support continuous improvement through meaningful planning, analysis, reporting, and informed decision-making." A participant in AASCU's Red Balloon Project, a focus on the assessment of student learning is included in its comprehensive system of continuous improvement. Communication about various assessment initiatives, creativity in making live data accessible including through a mobile app, and centralization of assessment resources, Jacksonville State University's OIRA is May's Featured Website.

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

IUPUI

Criterion: Communication, Creativity

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has accumulated a variety of assessment resources on its website. One of the signature initiatives is what is known as Principles of Undergraduate Learning. In addition, IUPUI is active in promoting its work on ePortfolios. For the month of April, IUPUI has been selected as NILOA's Featured Website in the categories of Communication and Creativity For its creativity involving assessment tools and communication through various sources, Western Washington University is March’s Featured Website.

Western Washington University

Western Washington University

Criterion: Communication, Creativity

Western Washington University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education does an excellent job publicly reporting assessment activities on campus. Not only are assessment plans accessible for each department but Program and Course Assessment Handbooks are available to highlight tools and techniques for writing assessment plans for program and course improvement (these Handbooks are also highlighted on the Transparency Framework section of our NILOA website - click here). Home to both the Dialogue and Praxis publications, Western Washington University’s Assessment Office provides several resources for both internal and external audiences in the area of assessment. For its creativity involving assessment tools and communication through various sources, Western Washington University is March’s Featured Website.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University

Criterion: Communication

The Office of Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation (APAA) website provides a wealth of assessment information for those internal and external to Oregon State University. Learning outcomes have been developed for all academic and co-curricular departments in addition to seven learning goals established for graduates. A crosswalk of colleges and programs that are utilizing high-impact practices is provided as well as information by college and program on specific assessment activities underway. Oregon State is NILOA's February Featured Website in the category of Communication.

Truman State University

Truman State

Criterion: Communication

Truman State University, which has been involved in assessment since 1972, has done an excellent job in building a comprehensive general assessment process. A major undertaking showcasing its assessment results has been its Assessment Almanac, an annual, three-volume online publication.One of Truman State’s most well-developed assessment programs is the Truman Portfolio, also featured on the Assessment home page. Included on this page are a Frequently Asked Questions list for faculty, students and staff, a link to its current strategic plan, and a Glossary of Assessment Terms. For the month of January, Truman State University has been selected as NILOA’s featured website in the category of Communication.

Concordia University-Wisconsin

Concordia University-Wisconsin

Criterion: Communication, Creativity & Navigation

Using NILOA's Transparency Framework as a means to organize assessment information, Concordia University Wisconsin's Evaluation & Assessment Office's website is well on its way to providing meaningful information on student learning. Easily accessible through its University's main web page, the purpose of its website is "to provide detailed information regarding why and how we gather evidence of our student learning throughout the University as a whole as well as from our core curriculum, programs, and majors." For its commitment to transparency, its creativity in presenting information, and its easy-to-navigate site, Concordia University-Wisconsin is December's Featured Website.

California State University-Fresno

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Criterion: Communication

California State University – Fresno’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) web page provides a wealth of assessment information to multiple audiences across campus.  From its detailed Fact Book data to information about its assessment activities and their results, CSU - Fresno provides practical tools to assess student learning outcomes and the means for faculty, staff and administrators to use the results of assessment to improve learning. With its wealth of information publicly accessible to both internal and external audiences, California State University – Fresno is the featured website for the month of November.

Mesa Community College

Criterion: Communication

Mesa Community College's Office of Research & Planning provides information for both internal and external audiences about its student outcomes assessment activities. Listed on its website are student learning outcomes broken down into three categories central to its mission: general education, developmental education, and career/technical education. Users of the website will not only find full annual assessment results reports since 2002 but also highlights of the full reports. Furthermore, minutes of the Student Outcomes Committee (SOC) are also public. Because of its commitment to improving its institution for both students and faculty through its communication of its activities, Mesa Community College is the featured website for the month of October.

Walden University

Walden University

Criterion: Communication & Creativity

Walden University’s Demonstrating Accountability, Transparency, and Assessment (DATA) website provides a centralized resource for multiple data points across the institution and within departments related to student learning. The website posts the stated learning outcomes for each program, information on student satisfaction, performance indicators, and student self-assessments of their learning. In addition, the website presents information, in a clear, user friendly format on direct and indirect evidence of student learning, other sources of evidence used in continuous improvement, and overviews of how learning outcomes reporting is integrated within the institution. Due to the variety of information presented on student learning and institutional data as well as the clear wording and explanation of learning outcomes processes, Walden University’s DATA website is September’s featured website.

Juniata College

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Criterion: Communication & Creativity

For those interested in learning more about student learning, Juniata College has "Just the Facts" website that addresses “whatever your questions might be.” The "Just the Facts" website provides information on “what we know about our programs, the success, the challenges, the in-progress.” Not afraid to state that the institution still has room to grow, the website showcases areas where the institution is attempting to improve as well as already succeeding. "Just the Facts" synthesizes a variety of student learning information in easily digestible chunks that speak to a multiple of audiences. For their dedication to transparency and facilitation of this creative endeavor, Juniata College is the Featured Website for August.

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University

Criterion: Communication & Creativity

Unique to Northern Arizona University's Office of Academic Assessment is the creative Seal of Assessment awarded to academic units and programs that demonstrate significant progress in assessment of student learning and to promote promising practices. In addition to the seals, the website provides a plethora of resources including information on assessment events, resources on assessment, an assessment guide, assessment results, information on university assessment committee, and assessment plans and reports by college. For the development and use of the Seals of Assessment as well as the abundance of information on assessment, in an easy to use centralized location - Northern Arizona University's Office of Academic Assessment is July's Featured Website!

Oklahoma State University

Criterion: Communication

Oklahoma State University's Assessment website communicates assessment information clearly to multiple audiences by providing specific links for faculty, students, and the general public. Through sharing information on assessment activities, resources, results, and events to multiple audiences in a user friendly format, Oklahoma State University's Assessment website is truly worthy to be a NILOA Featured Website.

Joliet Junior College

Criterion: Communication, Navigation & Creativity

The Student Learning Committee’s website at Joliet Junior College contains an abundance of information on student learning outcomes assessment in an easy to find, centralized location. The plethora of easy to understand information on assessment, as well as the multiple media formats in which the information is presented makes Joliet Junior College NILOA’s featured website.

University of Hawai'i, Manoa

Criterion: Communication & Creativity

From information on how to plan for assessments to examples from other schools to original research projects to handouts, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa (UHM) Assessment Office website has it all. We highlight two activities, Assessment Shorts and annual assessment reports, from this site and encourage you to check out the rest. For its clear communication and creativity, University of Hawai‘i's Assessment Office is NILOA’s featured website. What is striking about this site is that it could serve as a resource not just for the UHM campus, but also anyone interested in assessment, for instance see the how-to section on performing a number of assessment activities and the FAQ section.

George Mason University

Criterion: Communication & Navigation

With a wealth of information, the Office of Institutional Assessment at George Mason University is this month’s NILOA’s featured website because of its clear navigation and communication strategies. For easy navigation, the site has two menus to guide users through the different pages as well as links within the text. Each section is titled so that the type of assessment information can be found. The information on student learning outcomes assessment is located all in one place. For clear communication, this website presents a graph for when surveys are scheduled, administered, and analyzed. The data generated can be sifted through their special program, generating graphs and tables tailored to the user. Read more by clicking on the left.

University of Kentucky

Criterion: Communication

University of Kentucky’s Office of Assessment disseminates data and assessment information to its institution’s internal audience, while staying transparent by posting it online for any online user to view, through its newsletter, Sizzle: What’s Hot in Assessment. Entering its third volume this month, Sizzle: What’s Hot in Assessment provides ideas for assessment, highlights how individuals and departments are using assessment data, and graphically displays quick assessment facts (on UK students, what the students are learning, and the effectiveness of the Office of Assessment), allowing information to be disseminated in a user-friendly format.

Capella University

Criteria: Communication and Creativity

Capella University has multiple locations and sources of information across its website for student learning outcomes assessment. Not only is there an entire section of the website devoted to results of learning outcomes, but Capella includes videos and graphs (as well as accessible transcripts of each) to help multiple audiences and users comprehend current student learning outcomes assessment activities and how it is integrated throughout the institution. For creativity, Capella has developed interactive tools to help multiple audiences understand what student learning outcomes assessment means and entails for the institution.

Tunxis Community College

Criterion:
Creativity

At Tunxis Community College, faculty identified a number of abilities for students to master, so in addition to letter grades students receive an ability score. The details of the “Ability Based Education” are communicated through a creative and informative video. This video is this month's featured website, see it and read more about this website when you click on the left.

Slippery Rock University

Criteria:
Communication and Navigation

Slippery Rock University has recently unveiled their institutional accountability profile website. This web page is located directly on the home page and linked throughout the Slippery Rock website making navigation to this information easy for multiple visitors, regardless of where they start.  In addition, the colored tabs provide consumers with a wealth of integrated information and data about the institution. Each tab provides visitors with text, graphs, and tables showing student data over time in easy to understand and colorful formats from cost to national student survey results. Slippery Rock University is continuing to update their website and is currently developing a new Rock Solid Assessment webpage. The current accountability profile website is an example of an institution taking multiple types and forms of information and locating them all in a single place in clear and understandable language. For these reasons, Slippery Rock University’s Accountablity profile is this month’s Featured Website.

Brigham Young University

Criterion: Communication

Brigham Young University clearly communicates student learning outcomes assessment information to students and professors through its Center for Teaching & Learning website, “Expected Learning Outcomes.” This site features a video that explains why students should be interested in student learning outcomes, tips for both students and faculty about the importance of student learning outcomes, and an easy to use feature that allows the user to find the expected learning outcomes for each major as well as the ways that these outcomes are measured and evaluated. This website provides a great example of how institutions can organize their assessment information to make it user-friendly to multiple audiences. For these reasons, Brigham Young University’s “Expected Learning Outcomes” webpage is a NILOA Featured Website.

 

 

 

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