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Survey Updates

Second National Survey on Learning Outcome Assessment at the Program Level

June 15, 2011

National Survey inquiring about program-level assessment released today. To see the report, click here.


Second National Survey on Learning Outcomes Assessment Still in Field

May 4, 2010

Chief academic officers were invited to participate in a survey about program level assessment conducted by the National Institute for Learning Outcome Assessment (NILOA).  Each chief academic officer received an invitation to identify three people on their campuses representing randomly selected programs that could answer the survey, which should take no longer than five minutes. Institutional representatives may go to www.NILOASurvey.org/contact to participate in this part of the survey.

After the contact information is provided, NILOA will then contact these program coordinators directly to ask them to voluntarily participate in this research. This part of the survey is brief, should take about fifteen minutes, and asks about the tools and approaches the programs are using to assess student learning. The goal of the survey is to learn what various kinds of programs are doing in regards to student learning outcomes assessment, not what the programs represent in terms of institutional performance. Program representatives who need help responding to an invitation to complete the survey may email help@niloasurvey.org.

With support from several foundations and help from several higher education associations, George Kuh (Indiana) and Stan Ikenberry (Illinois) are sending the survey to all accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States to gain a clearer picture of outcome assessment practices nationwide.  Obviously an institution’s participation in the survey is voluntary, and the responses will remain confidential, but the results may be useful to all of us.  As a gesture of appreciation for participation, Kuh and Ikenberry will send the institutions who participate an advance report of the survey results prior to any public release of the data.  

Direct any questions about the survey to the NILOA Project Manager, Staci Provezis at sprovez2@illinois.edu.


Second National Survey on Learning Outcomes Assessment Launched

March 5th, 2010

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) is asking selected department or program chairs at every accredited two- and four-year college and university in the U.S. about their assessment practices.

There is now a process in place for looking up the login information at www.NILOASurvey.org/contact. If you need additional help responding to an invitation to complete the National Survey of Learning Outcomes Assessment please send an email to help@niloasurvey.org.


National Survey on Learning Outcomes Assessment Launched

March 10th, 2009

Chief academic officers from all regionally accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States have been invited to participate in a survey that will provide an informed perspective on the current state of student learning outcomes assessment at the collegiate level. The survey is being conducted by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), co-located at Indiana University and the University of Illinois. 

Several higher education associations including the American Council on Education and other groups forwarded early alerts to campuses emphasizing that while participation in the survey is voluntary and responses will remain confidential, the results promise to be useful to individual campuses and to the national discourse about outcomes assessment and accountability. NILOA is led by George Kuh from Indiana University and Stan Ikenberry from the University of Illinois and is supported by grants from several foundations. 

Established in 2008, NILOA assists institutions and others in discovering and adopting promising practices in the assessment of college student learning outcomes. Documenting what students learn, know and can do is of growing interest to colleges and universities, accreditation groups, higher education associations, and others.  NILOA's mission is to discover and disseminate ways in which academic programs and institutions can productively use assessment data to inform and strengthen undergraduate education and communicate with the American public. In addition to surveys, NILOA will glean data from web sites of institutions, accrediting groups, higher education associations, and others. Case studies will be conducted that identify promising assessment practices. A series of working papers addressing key issues in learning outcomes assessment and productive use of data will be forthcoming. 

So, please return to the NILOA website frequently.  To be placed on NILOA mailing list.....Click on “Join Our Email List." You may download a pdf of the survey here: NILOA survey questionnaire.


"These findings squarely address the most critical, fundamental challenges facing higher education today--what colleges and universities are doing to assess and enhance the knowledge, skills and competencies students need to meet the growing demands of the workplace and function effectively in a global economy…”


Paul Lingenfelter
President
State Higher Education Executive Officers