Assessment resources encompass information or training provided to faculty and staff to help them understand, develop, implement, communicate, and use evidence of student learning. Transparent assessment resources are:
â€¢ Presented in language that is understandable to the novice
â€¢ Prominently posted or linked to multiple places across the website
â€¢ Downloadable or accessible in a timely fashion by multiple web browsers and download speeds
â€¢ Updated regularly to reflect current activities and new resources
â€¢ Receptive to feedback or comments on additional resources, training, or potential professional development needs
College of San Mateo
TheÂ Student Learning Outcomes webpage from the College of SanÂ MateoÂ (CSM) is NILOAâ€™s May 2020 Featured Website. Three main goals are listed for assessment: (1) To inform planning by identifying areas of need and/or effective practices around student learning; (2)Â To create a community of practice that supports continuous improvement in student learning; and (3) To enhance students’ educational experience beyond the classroom through sustained interdisciplinary collaboration around shared learning outcomes. To actualize the goals, the CSM provides anÂ overview pageÂ discussing responsibilities for assessing, where assessment happens, andÂ frequently asked questions about assessment. The collegeâ€™s 6 institution-wide learning outcomes are listed, along with detailed information defining the learning outcome and expected knowledge. Website visitors can explore the learning outcomes statements and assessment measures forÂ student services departments, including theÂ Assessment Services/Welcome Center,Â Career Services, theÂ Disability Resource Center, as well as find meeting summaries from theÂ College Assessment Committee. Â Â
TheÂ Assessment ToolkitÂ walks users through theÂ developmentÂ of learning outcomes,Â assessingÂ outcomes, andÂ documenting/reporting. CSM also offers resources onÂ program review, including insight on the purpose of program review and information for the review of instruction and student services. Finally, visitors can findÂ general assessment resourcesâ€”including assessment plan templates, guides, and various workshopsâ€”along with CSMâ€™s assessmentÂ calendarÂ to help inform their practice. For these reasons, the College of SanÂ Mateoâ€™s Student Learning Outcomes webpage is a Featured Website in the category ofÂ Centralized Assessment RepositoryÂ aligning with the Transparency Frameworkâ€™s component ofÂ Â Assessment ResourcesÂ andÂ Assessment Plans.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
TheÂ Office of Institutional Research and AssessmentÂ (OIRA) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the February 2020 NILOA Featured Website! The OIRA helps University of Tennessee fulfill its mission by providing â€œaccurate and reliable data to university administrators, departments, and faculty to illuminate and inform their decision-making.â€ Website visitors can quickly find a diverse collection of institutional and assessmentÂ data and reportsÂ presented in various ways. While some data are reported as stand-alone graphs, other results are moreÂ interactive.Â The OIRA website also has several useful assessment resources, including an extensiveÂ Guide to Program AssessmentÂ released February 2020. The Assessment Steering Committee developed a usefulÂ Rubric for Assessment Report EvaluationÂ to help ensure data are reported effectively and efficiently, aligned with student learning outcomes, supported with evidence, and with a plan to use data for improvement. Furthermore, website visitors encounter useful tips onÂ course-level assessment,Â writing clear outcomes, anÂ Assessment ToolboxÂ with tips for formative and summative assessment. There are also resources to informÂ inclusive teaching,Â syllabus design, andÂ much more. Finally, to support data-driven decision making, theÂ Data CentralÂ web page takes the interactivity of data a step further to help those within the institution effectively use data for decision-making. Some data are showcased in detailedÂ reportsÂ which further unpack what the data mean and how data are used to improve. For these reasons, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at the University of Tennessee is an institutional example for theÂ NILOA Transparency FrameworkÂ in the Assessment ResourcesÂ component, and a Featured Website in the category ofÂ Centralized Assessment Repository.
James Madison University
James Madison Universityâ€™s (JMU)Â Student Affairs Assessment Support Services (SASS) web page is the NILOA Featured Website for November 2019! While SASS offers various services for members of the JMU community such as consulting and theÂ Learning Improvement InitiativeÂ with the Division of Student Affairs, there are alsoÂ aÂ myriadÂ ofÂ resources for external visitors. For example, SASS features numerous resources for each step of theÂ assessment process includingÂ resources forÂ developing student learning outcome statementsÂ (SLOS),Â background on and characteristics of good SLOS, important things to consider before writing SLOS, and the ABCD method for ensuring your outcomes are measurable. Furthermore, resources forÂ assessment instrument selection and designÂ include tips for aligning instruments to SLOS, and the advantages and disadvantages of selecting already available instruments versus creating your own. There are also resources for program creation and mapping which follow a program theory approach, and program implementation and fidelity to ensure your program is implemented as intended.
Website visitors can also find information onÂ professional standardsÂ for assessment,Â JMUâ€™s guide to reporting assessment results, presentation slides for past assessmentÂ workshops, and links to useful assessment organizations,Â conferences,Â awards, andÂ journals. We invite you to peruse the valuable resources for each step of the assessment process. Finally, there are various resources linked through theÂ Center for Assessment & Research Studies (CARS). Visitors can look into their award winning Assessment 101 workshop,Â as well asÂ findÂ learning improvementÂ examples. In addition, you can find several usefulÂ overarching resourcesÂ on assessment forÂ academic programsÂ andÂ general educationÂ in the form of handouts, videos, articles, and presentations. For these reasons, JMUâ€™s Student Affairs Support Services web page is a NILOA Featured Website in theÂ Centralized Assessment RepositoryÂ andÂ Creativity categories, as well as an exemplar for the Transparency FrameworkÂ Assessment ResourcesÂ component.