The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has chosen the ATL website to be the Featured Website for April in the categories of Communication and Centralized Assessment Repository. NILOA is widely-recognized as the preeminent organization in the area of student learning outcomes assessment in higher education. The NILOA Featured Website is a service intended to highlight promising practices in innovative and transparent online communication of student learning outcomes assessment, as models to share nationwide.
“We’re delighted to receive this recognition,” said Kimberly Green, ATL Director. “Our assessment team has invested time to develop and improve our website and practical resources. We’re here to help academic programs develop assessment that helps faculty to offer transformational education for WSU students.”
WSU faculty, staff and leadership can access undergraduate learning outcomes assessment information on ATL’s main website (for undergraduate degrees) and on UCORE’s assessment website (for general education). ATL has worked with UCORE leadership and faculty to develop the companion website, specifically designed around NILOA’s transparency framework, that provides reports on student achievement of WSU learning goals, such as critical and creative thinking, communication, and diversity. “We appreciate the faculty across the university who regularly contribute to UCORE assessment activities,” said Mary F. Wack, WSU Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. “There’s a lot to showcase about student learning as the new general education curriculum continues to evolve.”
Designation as a NILOA Featured Website in the categories of Communication and Centralized Assessment Repository includes consideration of the following criteria:
- Communication. The website clearly presents information on student learning outcomes assessment and/or results to multiple or specific internal and/or external audiences using layperson’s language and contextualized examples. Information is found on multiple pages across the website, updated regularly and easy to access and navigate via links or search engines. In addition, the site provides explanation or examples of the use of student learning outcomes assessment.
- Centralized Assessment Repository. The website stores or provides links to assessment information in one central location, and includes one or more of the NILOA Transparency Framework’s six components: Student Learning Outcomes Statements, Assessment Plans, Assessment Resources, Current Assessment Activities, Evidence of Student Learning, and Use of Student Learning Evidence.
For more information, see the WSU News story WSU Assessment website recognized as a national model. To see other Featured Websites, see NILOA’s Past Featured Websites.