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Excellence in Assessment Designations

The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program – the first national initiative of its kind – recognize institutions that successfully integrate assessment practices across campus, provide evidence of student learning outcomes, and use assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.

The EIA Designations provide a systematic and nationally recognized evaluation of colleges and universities based on best practices in campus-wide assessment.  Institutions working to implement and sustain comprehensive use of assessment of student learning outcomes in at least written communication and critical thinking are eligible to receive the Designations.

The EIA Designations are built directly from NILOA’s Transparency Framework, and they are the first national program designed to recognize institutions engaging in intentional campus-wide assessment.  Evaluation for the designations includes a rigorous and systematic self-study and peer review by assessment experts, enabling campuses to improve their effectiveness and allow sharing of best practices.

Designees will be awarded in two tiers, depending on the phase of their institutional assessment development: Designees are awarded in two tiers, depending on their institutional assessment development: 1) Excellence, for those institutions demonstrating strong leadership and commitment to building (or re-building) a culture of integrated assessment practices; and 2) Sustained Excellence, for those institutions who have sustained or evolved integrated institution-level assessment over a period of at least 5 years.

The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program is now accepting applications for the 2019 designee class! If your institution is involved in exemplary assessment practice, please review the application packet and the accompanying rubric that evaluators will use to assess the merit of each application, and submit all materials to eia@voluntarysystem.org by May 6, 2019

  • 2018 EIA Designees
    • Bowie State University
    • Harper College
    • Mississippi State University
    • Northern Arizona University
    • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • 2017 EIA Designees
    • Bowling Green State University
    • James Madison University - Sustained Excellence
    • Middlesex Community College
    • Rio Salado College
    • Southern Conneticut State University
  • 2016 EIA Designees
    • Cameron University
    • Capella University
    • Community College of Baltimore County - Sustained Excellence
    • Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis - Sustained Excellence
    • Kansas State University - Sustained Excellence
    • Mills College
    • Mount St. Joseph University
    • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - Sustained Excellence
    • University of Wisconsin - Madison
    • Zayed University

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