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NILOA In the Field

Select NILOA news reports listed below. For additional NILOA Newsletters, please see the NILOA Newsletters.

 

September 2017

The 2017 European Higher Education Society Forum took place at the University of Porto, Portugal, between September 3rd – 6th, 2017. NILOA research analyst Erick Montenegro presented Moving Towards Equity in Assessment: Cultural Responsive and Student-Centered Assessment. The presentation was based on NILOA’s occasional paper 29, by NILOA director Natasha Jankowski and research analyst Erick Montenegro, Equity and assessment: Moving towards culturally responsive assessment. Presentation from this event can be found here. NILOA senior scholar David Marshall presented Broadening the Learning Paradigm: A Systems View for Teaching, based on NILOA’s newest book Degrees That Matter: Moving Higher Education to a Learning Systems Paradigm.

EAIR is an association of experts and professionals interested in the relationship between research, policy and practice in higher education. EAIR developed from its roots as a European version of the US-based Association for Institutional Research (AIR), widening its sphere of interest to policy at all levels, institutional, national and international. EAIR holds its annual Forum in August or September.

The 2017 Drexel Assessment Conference took place between September 13th – 15th, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. NILOA director, Natasha Jankowski, delivered a plenary speech Reclaiming Assessment: Unpacking the Dialogues of Our Work. Dr. Jankowski commented on the event, “The conference brought together practitioners from throughout the region to share ideas on how to meaningfully assess student learning with students in the center.” NILOA senior scholar, Jillian Kinzie, also participated in Drexel Assessment Conference, presenting Acting on Data: Lessons about the Use of Student Engagement Results to Improve Student Learning. The conference draws over 420 attendees each year from dozens of states and multiple foreign countries. Attendees consist of college/university staff and faculty as well as sponsor representatives. Dr. Jankowski’s presentation from this event can be found here.

In addition, Dr. Jankowski presented an interactive session at the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) Professional Development Conference in Reston, VA. The session, Assessing Student Learning Outcomes: Best Practices in Assessment and Accreditation provided information and resources on meaningful assessment of student learning coupled with accreditation standards. The presentation preceded the release of a monograph from ACCSC on assessment of student learning. Dr. Jankowski’s presentation from this event can be found here.

Finally, NILOA research analyst Erick Montenegro presented at the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) conference in Chicago, IL from September 27-29. His presentation, Moving Towards Equity in Assessment: Cultural Responsive and Student-Centered Assessment provided discussion and invitation into dialogue around the relationship between equity and assessment raised by the January 2017 occasional paper.



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