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Higher Ed Groups Unveil National Designation for Institutions Excelling at Self-Assessment to Drive Student Success

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The Association of Research Libraries encourages academic and research libraries to explore a new program recently announced by the Voluntary System of Accountability, a public college and university transparency initiative led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU): Excellence in Assessment (EIA).

The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program—the first national initiative of its kind—will recognize colleges and universities that successfully integrate assessment practices across campus, provide evidence of student learning outcomes, and use assessment results to guide institutional decision making and improve student performance. The EIA designations were the joint conception of APLU, AASCU, the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

The EIA designations will provide systematic and nationally recognized evaluation of colleges and universities to help reveal best practices in campus-wide assessment. Institutions working to implement and sustain comprehensive use of assessment of student learning outcomes in written communication and critical thinking are eligible to receive the designations.

Schools can immediately begin the application process with the deadline for submission on April 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of the results in July with a public announcement in August. See the APLU press release for more details.