Woman smiling wearing suit Wilberforce University has been identified by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) as an exemplar of good assessment practices across campus. Wilberforce’s own Associate Provost, Dr. Pamela Richardson Wilks, has been invited to participate on the panel, “Assessment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” at the 2017 NILOA Assessment Institute.   

This panel reflects on the January 2017 released paper entitled, “Equity and Assessment:  Moving Towards Culturally Responsible Assessment,” and will discuss assessment approaches and practices specific to individual campuses used to improve student learning. Ten institutions were invited to participate, include representatives from Howard University, Dillard University, North Carolina A&T State University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College, for a conversation on the relationship between equity and assessment.  

The institute will take place October 22 – 24, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and this panel, the first of its kind at the Assessment Institute, will feature HBCU leaders’ perspectives regarding institutional strength defining what makes them successful.

The Assessment Institute is the nation’s oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education, sponsored by NILOA. As a Lumina Foundation and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne partner, the mission of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes and Assessment is to discover and disseminate ways that academic programs and institutions can productively use assessment data internally to inform and strengthen undergraduate education, and externally to communicate with policy makers, families and other stakeholders. This year, NILOA is pleased to partner with the 2017 Assessment Institute to offer a national platform for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to join the conversation on campus assessment practices and evidence of student learning.


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