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Our work provides guidance for assessing and documenting efforts to improve teaching outcomes. Using the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment’s Transparency Framework, we help the University demonstrate educational effectiveness. Find assessment resources and learn more about the work we do below, or contact us if you have any questions.


Assessment model areas

Our assessment model is broken up into six key areas. Explore these topic areas to get more in-depth information and to get assessment support for courses.

A graphic of the NILOA's transparency framework, which is a honeycomb including the categories Assessment Plans, Assessment Resources, Current Assessment Activities, Evidence of Student Learning, Use of Student Learning Evidence, and Student Learning Outcome Statements

Assessment framework

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment’s Transparency Framework helps guide assessment efforts at the University. Reference this graphic for guidance, or visit the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment website.

Student learning outcome statements

Student learning outcomes statements articulate the expected knowledge and competencies student are expected to acquire through a program at the University of Rochester.

Assessment plans

Assessment plans are campus plans for gathering evidence of student learning. These can include institution-wide or program specific approaches that convey how student learning will be assessed, the data collection tools and approaches that will be used, and the timeline for implementation.

Assessment resources

Our assessment resources encompass information and training provided to faculty and staff to help them understand, develop, implement, communicate, and use evidence of student learning.

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Current assessment activities

Current assessment activities include information on a full range of projects and activities recently completed or currently underway to gauge student learning, make improvements, or respond to accountability interests.

Evidence of student learning

Evidence of student learning includes results of assessment activities. This may include evidence of indirect (e.g. surveys) and direct (e.g. portfolio) student learning as well as institutional performance indicators (e.g. licensure pass rate).

Use of student learning evidence

This component represents the extent to which evidence of student learning is used to identify areas where changes in policies and practices may lead to improvement. This process includes evaluating evidence to:

  • Inform institutional decision-making
  • Identify problems
  • Set goals
  • Provide faculty development opportunities
  • Revise courses
  • Review programs
  • Run an accountability or accreditation self-study
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