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NILOA In the Field

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January 2017

Provosts Breakfast

The breakfast is an engaging activity that helps NILOA remain relevant through revisions and constant improvement of its work. Dr. Marci Sortor, Provost & Dean of St. Olaf College is happy to hear conversations regarding assessment application and administration. In her view, there should be a continued dialogue in regards to connecting how assessment information should be used and administered. The Provost also revealed some concerns in regards to resources, calling it a "significant limitation to advancing assessment."

The annual breakfast provides an opportunity for NILOA Senior Scholars and staff to engage in conversation with provosts supporting the work of assessing student learning at campuses. While their feedback and perspective is a necessary part of the survey review process, the conversations that unfold at the breakfast also outline important changes within the field of assessment and resources or tools that campuses need to continue conducting meaningful assessment work.

Dr. Natasha Jankowski
Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)

This was the first Provost Breakfast I had the pleasure to attend. Their responses were very thoughtful and assisted in helping us revise our survey. As they are often the ones doing the work in the field, it is helpful to know some of the challenges, or opportunities for improvement, especially as they continue to work with their faculty to improve student learning. All of the participants were very willing to participate in the breakfast and spoke freely about assessment efforts on their campus. As always, we wish we had more time to hear their feedback concerning the survey but also resources needed to continue doing good work.

Dr. Gianina Baker
Assistant Director
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)

Click here to view previous versions of the National Provost Survey along with reports.

Click here to read about NILOA's track at the 2016 Assessment Institute.

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