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NDSU's applied learning survey featured in education newsletter

Posted on 3/7/2013

NDSU's experience applying the Degree Qualifications Profile
was featured in the National Institute for Learning Outcomes
Assessment's February newsletter. The profile is a new direction
for American higher education to be tested and developed in partnership
with faculty, students, leaders and stakeholders.

In May 2011, NDSU's regional accreditor, the Higher Learning
Commission, invited NDSU to become one of 20 institutions
in Cohort Three to test a new accreditation model as part of the
Pioneer Institutions of the Pathways Demonstration Project.

The new model requires a quality initiative or improvement
process. As a pioneer institution, NDSU asked departments to
compare the student learning outcomes and activities in undergraduate
capstone experiences in each major with the Degree
Qualifications Profile benchmarks for applied learning.

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment's
profiled NDSU's electronic survey and results.

NDSU was invited to write a summary of the successes and
challenges encountered in furthering student learning through
evaluating how well the Degree Qualifications Profile fit with its
existing capstones. The summary is intended to spark further
conversation and actions that help advance the use of the profile.

NDSU's Core Undergraduate Learning Experiences team organized
and implemented the project. Larry Peterson, director of accreditation,
assessment and academic advising, submitted NDSU's summary.

The report said NDSU will "continue to use the DQP as a reference
point in campus conversations about assessment and shared
learning outcomes for all undergraduates."

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