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A Transparency Framework for Providing Evidence of Student Learning

Developed by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)


Research efforts regarding student achievement must enable institutions to make improvements, assess the impact of changes in academic programs and provide evidence of learning outcomes to those to whom the institution is accountable. These efforts are only useful if there is an effective outlet for clearly communicating relevant findings to appropriate stakeholders and decision-makers.

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has developed a Transparency Framework to support institutions in sharing evidence of student learning on and off campus. The Framework is based on a review of institutional websites and identifies six key components of student learning assessment. Institutions may use the Framework to examine their institutional websites to gauge the extent to which evidence of student accomplishment is readily accessible and potentially useful and meaningful to the intended audiences. Each section of the Framework suggests a component of student learning assessment that may be of interest to specific audiences and outlines opportunities to promote public understanding.

As more institutions make their assessment efforts accessible and post meaningful evidence of student learning, NILOA will update the Transparency Framework using experience from the field.

Abstract text adapted from NILOA’s Transparency Framework Introduction.