Question(s) at Hand

What question about assessment processes and practices brings you to the website today? In this section we have collected the most often queried topics and questions to help meet current needs. While the resources here are not exhaustive, they provide a starting point to begin answering your questions. We will continue to update this section based on need!

Top Questions We Receive:

Engaging Faculty?


  1. Catalyzing Assignment Design Activity on Your Campus: Lesson’s from NILOA’s Assignment Library Initiative 
  2. Assessment that Matters: Trending toward Practices that Document Authentic Student Learning
  3. Tuning: A Guide for Creating Discipline-Specific Frameworks to Foster Meaningful Change
  4. Using the Degree Qualifications Profile to Foster Meaningful Change
  5. Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes

Occasional Papers:

  1. Creating Student-Centered Learning Environments and Changing Teaching Culture: Purdue University’s IMPACT Program
  2. Assessment 2.0: An Organic Supplement to Standard Assessment Procedure
  3. What Faculty Unions Say about Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  4. Student Outcomes Assessment Among the New Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Majority
  5. Assessment and Academic Freedom: In Concert, not Conflict


  1. Faculty Concerns About Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  2. Helping Faculty Use Assessment Data to Provide More Equitable Learning Experiences
  3. Working Together to Define and Measure Learning in the Disciplines
  4. Addressing Assessment Fatigue by Keeping the Focus on Learning
  5. Getting Faculty on Board: Four Suggestions

Assessment in Practice:

  1. An Assessment Fellows Program Model
  2. Using Backward Design and the Assignment Design Charrette Model for Quality Enhancement
  3. A College Where Adjuncts Are Not Just Add-ons


  1. Assignment Charrettes

NILOA Case Studies:

  1. McKendree University (Update)
  2. Augustana College
  3. Carnegie Mellon University
  4. North Carolina A&T State University
  5. St. Olaf College
  6. Juniata College
  7. Palo Alto College

Additional Resources:

  1. Patricia Cross Academy Videos

Additional Questions:

Using Data and Technology in Assessment?

Occasional Papers:

  1. Towards a Model for Assessment in an Information and Technology-rich 21st Century Learning Environment
  2. Technology Solutions to Support Assessment
  3. Assessing Learning in Online Education: The Role of Technology in Improving Student Outcomes
  4. Assessing Student Learning in the Online Modality


  1. Demand interoperability to dramatically improve the educational ecosystem
  2. Real-time Student Assessment: Prioritizing Enrolled Students’ Equitable Progress toward Achieving a High-Quality Degree
  3. Helping Faculty Use Assessment Data to Provide More Equitable Learning Experiences
  4. Catalyst for Learning: ePortfolio-Based Outcomes Assessment
  5. Embedded Assessment and Evidence-Based Mapping: The Promise of Learning Analytics
  6. Why Student Learning Outcomes Assessment is Key to the Future of MOOCs
  7. What to Consider When Selecting an Assessment Management System
  8. From Uniformity to Personalization: How to Get the Most Out of Assessment

Assessment in Practice:

  1. Achieving Excellence in Data Visualization
  2. Relationship between general education course sequence and student success
  3. Digitally Automated Assessment of Outcomes Classified Per Bloom’s Three Domains and Based on Frequency and Type of Assessments
  4. Finding the Way in the Assessment Landscape: Developing an Effective Assessment Map
  5. Growing a Shared Understanding and Collaborative Process using Qualitative Research Methods to Design a Learning Assessment Outcomes Reporting Tool
  6. Hands on with Digital Communication!

Equity Responses:

Case Studies:

DQP Case Studies:

  1. Kansas City Kansas Community College
  2. American Public University System

Librarians & Assessment?

Tuning & the DQP?


  1. Tuning Impact Study: Developing Faculty Consensus to Strengthen Student Learning
  2. Tuning: A Guide for Creating Discipline-Specific Frameworks to Foster Meaningful Change
  3. Degree Qualifications Profile Impact Study: Framing and Connecting Initiatives to Strengthen Student Learning
  4. Using the Degree Qualifications Profile
  5. Roadmap to Enhanced Student Learning: Implementing the DQP and Tuning

Occasional Papers:

  1. The Lumina Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP): Implications for Assessment
  2. Internships, Integrative Learning and the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP)



  1. Eight Years On: Early – and Continuing – Lessons from the Tuning Project
  2. Taking Stock of the Assessment Movement – Liberal Education, Winter, 2017
  3. The Tools of Intentional Colleges and Universities: The DQP, ELOs, and Tuning
  4. An “Uncommon” View of the Common Core
  5. The DQP and the Creation of the Transformative Education Program at St. Augustine University
  6. The State of Assessment of Learning Outcomes
  7. It is Time to Make our Academic Standards Clear
  8. In Search for Standard of Quality

Assessment in Practice:

DQP Case Studies:

  1. Daemen College
  2. Utah State University
  3. McKendree University
  4. Point Loma Nazarene University
  5. Kansas City Kansas Community College
  6. University System of Georgia
  7. American Public University System

DQP Resources:

  1. General Education and/or Program Development and Review
  2. Revision and Alignment of Learning Outcomes
  3. Faculty and the Degree Qualifications Profile: Questions of Learning
  4. Alignment with External Expectations
  5. DQP Assignment Library
  6. The Birth and Growth of the Degree Qualifications Profile
  7. Improving Student Transfer


Assessing Graduate Studies?

Assessment and Centers for Teaching and Learning?