A new report from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois and Indiana University, finds that minority serving institutions, including the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities are actively engaged in assessing how well their students are learning.
The authors of the report note that many HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions administer tests to incoming students to determine an academic benchmark for their new students. They then continually assess student achievement and performance in the classroom. One reason cited for an emphasis on student assessment is concern over accreditation. Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting agency for the vast majority of HBCUs, stated that “whether driven by faculty or mandated by external agencies, minority-serving institutions recognize the importance of assessment and are focused on using the results to ensure that all students succeed.”
The report, Focused on What Matters: Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes at Minority-Serving Institutions, may be downloaded by clicking here.