NILOA Framework

A goal of the NC State Strategic Plan 2011-2020 is to Enhance organization excellence by creating a culture of constant improvement. In order to achieve this goal, the Division of Academic and Student Affairs promotes a culture of assessment, growth, change, and adaptation. The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment provides a Transparency Framework that allows universities to demonstrate their processes of assessment in a clear manner.

NC State is pleased to adopt the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Transparency Framework.  NILOA notes that the framework “is intended to help institutions evaluate the extent to which they are making evidence of student accomplishment readily accessible and potentially useful and meaningful to various audiences.”  More information about the framework can be found on the NILOA website. Institutions in the UNC System are encouraged to adopt this framework, as a recommendation by the Voluntary System of Accountability.


NILOA model

Click the hexagons below to learn how NC State’s assessment process fulfills each section of the Transparency Framework:


Assessment plans

Assessment resources

Current Assessment


Use of student learning



Graphics: National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2011). Transparency Framework. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Retrieved from:

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Student Learning Outcomes Statements

Undergraduate Academic Programs Outcomes Statements All undergraduate degree programs have a comprehensive set of curricular learning outcomes. General Education Competencies NC State has a set of General Education competencies created and defined by faculty. DASA Assessment

Assessment Plans

Undergraduate Academic Programs Assessment Plans Each program and transcripted certificate must have a set of comprehensive student learning outcomes that are measurable and assessed within a three to five-year cycle. We generally recommend narrowing the

Current Assessment Activities

Academic Year 2016-2017 Undergraduate Academics Assessment Activities Flow Chart for Assessment of Academic Programs Timeline for Academic Assessment General Education Assessment Activities Gen Ed Assessment Schedule Written Communication Oral Communication Quantitative Literacy TH!NK Program (Critical and Creative

Evidence of Student Learning

Undergraduate Academics Each program and transcripted certificate must use direct measures of learning aligned with the outcomes such as test questions (not grades) or projects with a rubric (or other methods that will allow for

Use of Student Learning Evidence

Undergraduate Academics Each undergraduate academic program is required to report how direct evidence gathered during the assessment process has been used to improve the program. If the evidence gathered demonstrates a need for improvement, the

Program Showcases

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