NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Beginning January 1, 2015, as part of Lumina Foundation's Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) initiative, the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) will house the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and will update and enhance the classification system to reflect and accommodate an evolving higher education landscape. This CPR project will be directed by Vic Borden, IU School of Education professor of higher education and student affairs.
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National Survey of Student Engagement
George Kuh, founding director of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the keystone project of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, was presented the President's Medal for Excellence by Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie at the 2014 Academic Excellence Reception and Dinner, on the IU campus on October 16. In awarding this, the highest honor an IU president can bestow, McRobbie praised Kuh's "enormous and legendary contributions" to his field and his dedication to "the great spirit of education and scholarship that extends far beyond the walls of the academy."
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NSSE's annual survey provides colleges and universities with rich data about the undergraduate experience to help them improve student learning and success. This new report details survey results from more than 355,000 first-year and senior students attending 622 U.S. colleges and universities that participated in NSSE in spring 2014. The findings show considerable variation in average student experiences from institution to institution, even among institutions similar in enrollment and selectivity.
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Law School Survey of Student Engagement
On November 6-7, the LSSSE commemorated its 10th anniversary by hosting a symposium co-sponsored by Access Group, the Law School Admission Council, and Saint Louis University School of Law. Featuring presentations and interactive panels on the growing importance of data-informed decision making in legal education, the symposium's focus revolved around curricular reforms, enrollment management/student selection strategies, and student services. The goal of the symposium was to provide attendees with insight into how data can be collected and analyzed in tangibly useful ways. See more about LSSSE >>
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
Garnering broad faculty participation in learning outcomes assessment remains a significant challenge due in part to faculty concerns over the value, purposes, and implementation costs of assessment. This 22nd NILOA Occasional Paper, by NILOA Senior Scholar Timothy Reese Cain, considers another contributor to faculty resistance: the concern that assessment abridges academic freedom. The paper explores this concern and outlines policies and practices for facilitating faculty's contribution to assessment—including faculty control of the curriculum and effective shared governance to set the stage for assessment that supports and builds on faculty's ongoing efforts while protecting their historic and essential right to academic freedom. Read the paper >>
This report shares what NILOA has been learning through its Lumina-funded initiative, the Assignment Library, a growing online collection of faculty-designed, peer-reviewed assignments that explicitly elicit students' demonstrations of Degree Qualifications Profile proficiencies. Authors Pat Hutchings, Natasha Jankowski, and Peter Ewell provide models campuses can use to foster and support serious work on assignment design by faculty and others—for instance student affairs staff and librarians—who create, monitor, and evaluate the tasks and activities that shape student learning. Read the report >>
Project on Academic Success
This new report from the partnership of PAS and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center is the third annual report in the NSC Signature Report series on national college completion rates. It offers the first look at the six-year outcomes for students who began postsecondary education in Fall 2008, the cohort that entered college during the Great Recession—revealing the various pathways students took toward degree completion as well as completion rates through May 2014 for the different student types on each pathway. The 2008 cohort's outcomes are also compared to those of the Fall 2007 cohort (analyzed in the second annual completion rates report). Read the report >>
Strategic National Arts Alumni Project
SNAAP's 2014 Annual Report focuses on the experiences and careers of recent arts graduates, combining results from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 SNAAP surveys, which garnered the responses of more than 88,000 undergraduate and graduate alumni—among whom 17,022 (nearly 20%) were "recent alumni." The report focuses on the satisfaction and value recent graduates attribute to their arts education and their post-graduation work experiences, also comparing recent graduates' outcomes and experiences with those of non-recent graduates.
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