What College Websites Do (and Don’t) Reveal about Student Learning Outcomes Assessments

A new paper published by National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation, finds that colleges and universities are often not taking full advantage of their website to increase transparency regarding student learning outcomes assessment. 

The findings add impetus to the persistent calls for colleges and universities to post student learning outcomes assessment.  The information that is posted online falls considerably short of the activities reported by chief academic officers.

The NILOA web scan documented what institutions portrayed in regard to student learning outcomes assessment on their institution-wide web pages (as opposed to department or program-based web pages). The web scan sought to answer the following questions: What does the institution display on its website regarding student learning outcomes assessment? On which web pages is information about assessment of student learning outcomes located? Does the institution use specific student learning outcomes assessment language on its website?