You are invited to attend a free webinar sponsored by the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education featuring the new Excellence in Assessment Designations! The webinar, Recognizing Excellence in Campus Assessment: Using the Excellence in Assessment Designation for Self-Assessment, is open to all who are interested and will be presented on February 10, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM CST.
To register, please click here.
Abstract: As increased attention has been paid to campus-level assessment outcomes as an indicator for campus accountability, the pressure has increased on campuses to simply report results to meet external demands. In some cases, this pressure has led to decoupling the campus-level assessment activities from those that support and give credence to their results. The purpose of the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designations is to recognize the work of those campuses that are engaging in the full breadth and depth of vertically and horizontally integrated student learning outcomes assessment. Campus-level assessment does not necessarily consist of use of an identical or standardized assessment instrument administered to all students, but represents a broader and deeper assessment plan that is integrated across departments and programs.
Co-sponsored by the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the EIA Designations are designed to recognize campuses that are successfully integrating assessment practices across campus to provide evidence of student learning outcomes that are representative of all students who attend their institution. While the EIA Designations themselves are designed to recognize, via a campus self-study and subsequent application, the work of campuses that are engaging in the full breadth and depth of vertically and horizontally integrated student learning outcomes assessment, the evaluation rubric – which is publicly available on the EIA website – can also be a useful tool for campus self-evaluation. This webinar will review the rationale behind the EIA Designation program, present and explain the evaluation rubric, and delve deeper to explore the NILOA Transparency Framework, from which the evaluation rubric was created, as a means of making evidence of student accomplishment readily accessible and potentially useful and meaningful to various audiences, both on and off-campus.
Teri Lyn Hinds, Director, Research and Data Policy at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and Project Manager for the Voluntary System of Accountability(VSA) and the Student Achievement Measure (SAM)
Natasha Jankowski, Ph.D., Associate Director and Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an Associate with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
Please feel free to share this announcement with others on your campus who may be interested in learning more about using the EIA rubric for campus self-assessment or applying for one of the inaugural EIA designations!