OPA website featured on National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment website

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January 2018

A new website for Penn State’s Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA) has been recognized for its clarity, creativity, ease of navigation, and thoroughness of communication about the University’s student learning outcomes assessment process.

Announcement from NILOA:

Congratulations!

We are pleased to inform you that the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has chosen Pennsylvania State University’s Office of Planning and Assessment web page to be featured on the NILOA website: www.learningoutcomesassessment.org

The NILOA Featured Website is a service intended to point others to promising practices in innovative and transparent online communication of student learning outcomes assessment. The selection criteria for determining a featured student learning outcomes assessment website include:

Communication. The website clearly presents information on student learning outcomes assessment and/or results to multiple or specific internal and/or external audiences using layperson’s language and contextualized examples. Information is found on multiple pages across the website, updated regularly and easy to access and navigate via links or search engines. In addition, the site provides explanation or examples of the use of student learning outcomes assessment.

Creativity.The website communicates information on student learning outcomes assessment and/or results in new and innovative ways including integration of multiple measures and use of alternative media such as videos, interactive graphs, or data displays.

Centralized Assessment Repository. The website stores or provides links to assessment information in one central location. To be considered, the site should include one or more of the NILOA Transparency Framework’s six components:

  • Student Learning Outcomes Statements
  • Assessment Plans
  • Assessment Resources 
  • Current Assessment Activities 
  • Evidence of Student Learning 
  • Use of Student Learning Evidence 

Navigation. Information on student learning outcomes assessment is found on multiple pages across the website and is easy to access and navigate via links or search engines.

Your institution was chosen in the Centralized Assessment Repository and Communications categories. This is what we wrote about your site: 

The Office of Planning and Assessment at Pennsylvania State University provides structure, oversight, and support for learning outcomes assessment at all 24 campuses. The Office of Planning and Assessment outlines an eight step learning outcomes assessment process. All degrees offered (undergraduate, graduate) certificates, and shared degrees are analyzed annually. The website provides resources, including recommendations from a special joint committee on general education assessment, as well as information on the University Assessment Committee, events, and resources. In the spirit of communication, the Office publishes Innovation Insights listing a variety of instructions on effective and innovative teaching methods, including planning and assessment. Additionally, the Office of Planning and Assessment provides opportunities for learning in a variety of formats through its Learning Opportunities and eLearning pages. These resources are publically available online.

Given the availability of resources and assessment information as well as the variety of information presented, Pennsylvania State’s Office of Planning and Assessment site is this month’s featured website in the categories of Centralized Assessment Repository and Communication.

Visit the Penn State News article for more information.