Evidence of Student Learning

Evidence of student learning includes results of assessment activities. This may include evidence of indirect (e.g. surveys) and direct (e.g. portfolio) student learning as well as institutional performance indicators (e.g. licensure pass rate). Transparent evidence of student learning is:

• Explained, analyzed, and interpreted in lay person’s language
• Contextualized to clarify what the results mean to the institution and to student learning
• Presented using both text and graphics when appropriate
• Disseminated and summarized for different groups, cohorts of students, and compared with peer institutions or programs if appropriate
• Prominently posted or linked in multiple places across the website
• Updated regularly to reflect current results
• Receptive to feedback on the meaning and interpretation of the evidence

Institutional Examples


Institutional Examples

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

January 2020

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is NILOA’s first Featured Website of 2020! The mission of OIRA is to “support institutional decision making and the achievement of our vision of becoming the nation’s leading public university” through disseminating timely institutional data and information. All departments and programs across UNC Chapel Hill must have learning outcomes statements accompanied by appropriate assessment plans to measure those outcomes and identify areas of improvement. In support of this, the OIRA provides assessment resources for academic programs and administrative units; including tips on getting started, relevant professional development opportunities, examples, and additional assessment resources. Additionally, the university’s assessment policies are readily available for faculty, staff, and administrators to read, including useful definitions, supporting materials, and an assessment reporting calendar.

UNC Chapel Hill’s OIRA website also features various interactive reports accompanied by definitions and footnotes, when applicable, so readers can easily understand the data. In support of institutional effectiveness, the OIRA website provides a snapshot of how well the institution is meeting its student success goals and strategic plan. The results of various surveys—including diversity, student engagement, and alumni surveys—are offered and contextualized with information regarding the purpose and scope of each survey. Finally, information on the institution’s accreditation is supported by additional documents—including communications with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), program accreditation status, and links to SACSCOC’s accreditation guidelines and requirements.  For these reasons, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a Featured Website in the categories of Centralized Assessment Repository, Communication, and Creativity. The webpage is also an institutional example for the NILOA Transparency Framework in the Evidence of Student Learning component.