Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Framework

The information on this website is organized around the assessment Transparency Framework. The framework is based on a review of institutional websites and identifies six key components of student learning assessment. The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) developed the Transparency Framework to support institutions in sharing evidence of student learning on and off campus.

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The circular transparency framework that served as the guiding principles for our website


StudentLearnOutcomeStaStudent learning outcomes statements clearly state the knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and habits of mind that students are expected to acquire at an institution of higher education.





AssessmentPlansAssessment plans outline the process for gathering evidence of student learning, which is interpreted to determine changes for improvement. These plans might include institution-wide or program specific approaches that convey how student learning will be assessed, the data collection tools and approaches that will be used, and the timeline for implementation.




current assessment activitiesCurrent assessment activities include information on a full range of projects and activities recently completed or currently underway to gauge student learning, make improvements or respond to accountability interests.





evidence of student learningEvidence 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).





use of student learning evidenceUse of student learning evidence represents the extent to which evidence of student learning is used to identify areas where changes in policies and practices may lead to improvement, inform institutional decision-making, problem identification, planning, goal setting, faculty development, course revision, program review, and accountability or accreditation self-study.





National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2011). Transparency Framework. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Retrieved from: Transparency Framework