NILOA releases results of third national survey on assessment
practices in U.S. higher education
From the press release:
The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) is
pleased to announce the release of a national survey report,
Assessment That Matters: Trending Toward Practices That Document
Authentic Student Learning. The report provides a snapshot of
institution-wide assessment practice in the U.S. from 811 regionally
accredited, undergraduate degree-granting institutions, surveyed
between April and September, 2017. This national report offers
comprehensive updated as well as trend data on the status of
assessment at higher education institutions in the U.S. Supported by
nearly ten years of research and data tracking changes and trends in
institutional assessment practices over time, this report presents
major findings and offers insights into areas for further improvement.
Several findings of note include:
- Assessment continues to be driven by both compliance and
improvement, with an emphasis on equity.
- Institutions are trending towards greater use of authentic
measures of student learning, including rubrics, classroom-based
performance assessments and capstones, which is consistent with what
provosts indicate are most valuable for improving student outcomes.
- Institutional needs for advancing assessment work have shifted
since 2009 from engaging more faculty in assessing student learning
to supporting faculty use of assessment results and wider
- The majority of changes made and uses of evidence of student
learning occur at the program- and course-level.
- Effectively communicating information about student learning
remains a target of opportunity for assessment work.
- While assessment-related technologies hold promise of assisting
with alignment and integration of learning across the institution,
meaningful implementation remains elusive.
Implications for policy and practice include:
- While use of assessment results is increasing, documenting
improvements in student learning and the quality of teaching falls
short of what the enterprise needs.
- Equity is an important consideration in assessment work, but
underemphasized in data use.
- Governing boards have a key role to play in sustaining and further
developing meaningful assessment.
- Professional development could be more meaningfully integrated
with assessment efforts, supporting faculty use of results,
technology implementation, and integration of efforts across an institution.
Visit goo.gl/RfGVG1 for details about the report.