The report “Making Student Learning Evidence Transparent: The State of the Art” by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) analyzes the degree to which institutions make available what they are doing to assess the knowledge and abilities undergraduates acquire.

The report is based on information from the websites of 200 colleges and universities across the U.S. and describes how institutions display assessment results, the progress higher education has made in the past few years concerning institutional transparency, and the impact of national transparency initiatives to encourage institutions to report such information.

NILOA researchers point out that while institutions now share their work in terms of assessing student learning more frequently, much more can be done to make assessment information easier to understand and to be used by both external and internal audiences. The report also provides recommendations to colleges and universities to enhance transparency of evidence of student learning and subsequent use.

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