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Results 2010

Connecting State Policies on Assessment with Institutional Assessment Activity

September 2010
The coincidence of two national surveys—one at the state level and one at the institutional level—enabled researchers at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) to explore the relationships between state policies on student learning outcomes assessment and institutional approaches to assessing student learning and related phenomena. This report shows the findings of that study.

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Please cite as: Ewell, P., Jankowski, N., & Provezis, S. (2010). Connecting State Policies on Assessment with Institutional Assessment Activity. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Additional resources:
Jankowski, N., & Makela, J. P. (2010). Exploring the landscape: What institutional websites reveal about student learning outcomes activities. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Zis, S., Boeke, M., & Ewell, P. (2010). State policies on the assessment of student learning outcomes: Results of a fifty-state inventory. Boulder, CO: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.



The complex, diverse learning goals, of postsecondary education do not justify a passive approach to student achievement. It is heartening to see state policy and institutional leaders working together to collect evidence of student learning and pursue continuous improvement

Paul E. Lingenfelter, President
State Higher Education Executive Officers

It's not often that a link between state policy and institutional action can be actually demonstrated. But it seems to be true for assessment. If states pay attention to assessment, institutions--both public and private--seem to do more of it.

Peter Ewell, NCHEMS Vice President & Senior Scholar at NILOA