ACRL Endorses Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability

ACRL endorsed Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability, released today by the New Leadership Alliance during the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Are students learning? Colleges and universities should expect to hear this question more often and more forcefully. They must act to ensure that their college degrees reflect a high level of student achievement – and to reaffirm the quality of these credentials. They can do so by gathering, using, and publicly reporting evidence of student learning. Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability gives colleges strategies they can use to take these critical steps. It has been endorsed by endorsed by 27 national higher education organizations, including ACRL.

The New Leadership Alliance, an advocacy-focused organization, has a mission of leading and supporting voluntary and cooperative efforts to move the higher education community towards gathering, reporting on, and using evidence to improve student learning in American undergraduate education.

Previously, ACRL was invited by the New Leadership Alliance to author an article for their December e-newsletter. The article “Exploring the Contributions of the Academic Library to Student Learning” highlights ACRL’s initiatives in this area.