Scholars from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) are pleased to announce the release of a book which looks across the landscape of higher education assessment to present a reframing of how we conceptualize and approach the assessment of student learning. Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education examines how to move assessment from a compliance activity toward meaningful, consequential use of assessment results to improve student learning, institutional decision-making, and external reporting. Two of the authors, Natasha Jankowski and Jillian Kinzie, will present points from select chapters of the book focusing on fostering greater use of assessment results and organizing assessment to yield meaningful results.

Jillian Kinzie, Senior Scholar with NILOA and Associate Director of Indiana University’s Center for Post-secondary Research & NSSE Institute, is responsible for organizing the day-to-day activities related to the case study portion of this project. She played a similar role in managing the field research reported in Student Success in College, for which she was a senior co-author. In her role as associate director of the NSSE Institute for Effective Education Practice, she has worked with dozens of campuses to develop assessment strategies and advise on using the data to improve student learning. She was the co-principal investigator on the Teagle-funded project to evaluate the efficacy of its investment in supporting the development and use of assessment instruments in liberal arts college settings.

Natasha Jankowski, Associate Director of NILOA and Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has presented at numerous national conferences and institutional events, and written various reports for NILOA. Her main research interests include assessment and evaluation, organizational evidence use, and evidence-based storytelling. She holds a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University, and a B.A. in philosophy from Illinois State University.

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Jillian Kinzie
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Natasha Jankowski