ITEACH for Education: Institutional Learning Objectives

ITEACH Institutional Learning Objectives 

"I"  Innovation
Creative thinking, at the highest levels of performance, that pushes beyond boundaries in new and unique ways; utilizing one's integrative experiences from multiple areas of knowledge to offer multiple solutions.

"T"  Teamwork
Fostering a constructive, respectful team climate through constructive communication and conflict resolution, confidence in the team's strengths, and effective collaboration for goal completion.

"E"  Excellence
Achieving success through the synthesis of in-depth information from various points of view and relevant sources; implementing solutions that addresses the complexity of a problem.

"A"  Accountability
Employing independent ethical reasoning and owning the full implications of decisions and their outcomes.

"C"  Courage
Evaluating and applying diverse perspectives to complex problems and developing novel approaches to a solution without fear of failure.

"H"  Healing
Embracing personal and social responsibility in addressing ethical, social, and global challenges; developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning, and engaging in self-reflection for lifelong learning.

Institutional Learning Objectives Explained
Institutional learning objectives (ILOs) are university-wide student learning objectives that clearly state the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and critical reasoning that students are expected to acquire and develop at the institution. UNMC’s ILOs are seamlessly aligned to the institution’s ITEACH values to reflect the academic, interpersonal and intrapersonal development goals most important to the institution.

Given that each college has individualized program and college learning objectives and accreditation standards, the Office of Accreditation and Assessment recognized a need to develop universal competencies that describe students' holistic development regardless of their academic discipline. In 2019, the OAA in collaboration with the UNMC Assessment Committee, adopted institutional learning objectives (ILOs) that provide a new way to understand student learning outcomes.

The Value of ILOs  

ILO Value for Students
The ILOs are closely aligned to the UNMC ITEACH values which articulate the academic and professional competencies expected of all students inside and outside of the classroom. Through assessments linked to ILOs, formative and summative feedback can help instill confidence in students regarding their progress in achieving educational and professional development goals.

ILO Value for Programs/Colleges
ILOs provide a different metric for academic programs and colleges regarding their success in fortifying institutional values. ILO assessment at the program/college level provides additional evidence of curriculum effectiveness, which can be used to fuel curriculum changes aimed at improving student learning and professional development.

ILO Value for the Institution
The ILOs provide new evidence regarding how UNMC is meeting its mission of providing premier educational programs. Since the ILOs are directly aligned to UNMC's mission and ITEACH values, they provide a universal standard for learning and teaching activities which can then be measures campus-wide. Campus-wide measurements of ILO competency can yield mission outcomes data which can be applied towards institutional strategic plans as well as satisfying accreditation requirements.

Initiative Planning  

Planning and execution of the ILO Initiative is a driven by UNMC's participation in the Higher Learning Commission Assessment Academy (HLC Assessment Academy). The academy is a four-year workshop focused on helping participants accelerate and advance efforts to assess and improve student learning at their own institutions. The UNMC Assessment Academy Team (UNMC-AAT) is compromised of five representatives representing different campus units and are members of the Fall 2017-2021 Academy cohort. 

The UNMC-AAT serves a secondary role as the ILO Steering Committee. Duties of the ILO Steering Committee includes developing the overall strategy of the ILO initiative, collaborating with different UNMC constituents to advance the progress of the ILO initiative, and presenting project progress and outcomes to UNMC constituents (leadership, faculty, staff and students) as well as the HLC Assessment Academy.

The ILO Steering Committee is comprised of the members of the HLC Assessment Academy Team members:

  • Teresa Barry Hultquist PhD, MSN, RN, PHCNS-BC, NE-BC (College of Nursing) | Email
  • Kelley Caverzagie, MD, FACP, FHM (College of Medicine) | Email
  • Dean Collier, PharmD, BCPS (College of Pharmacy) | Email
  • Kendra Schmid, PhD (Academic Affairs, College of Public Health) | Email
  • Ong Vang, MA (Academic Affairs) | Email
Initiative Goals  

Goal 1: Articulating and implementing institutional learning objectives (ILOs).

Goal 2: Acquire an enterprise-wide assessment management platform to streamline ILO mapping and assessment data gathering.

Goal 3: Assist colleges in completing a vertical map of learning objectives and outcomes (course, program, college, and institutional) for assessment. This includes acquiring a new assessment management platform that will serve as a repository for outcomes data and provide a systematic workflow for conducting and documenting all levels of outcomes review.

Goal 4: Design an organizational infrastructure that will support all the needs of this project, such as a steering committee, standards of practice, faculty development, technology support, and key personnel. Securing support, commitment, and partnerships from the institution’s different units (I.e., Office of Faculty Development, Information Technology Services, Interprofessional Academy of Educators, Interprofessional Education) will leverage the specialized expertise and current institutional resources.

Goal 5: Design a high-fidelity, efficient annual assessment life-cycle that centralizes the review of institutional learning outcomes.

Goal 6: Create a clear assessment communication strategy that promotes institutional assessment and publicizes best practices in assessment. This will require that the UNMC Academy team, as well as project champions, provide frequent updates to key stakeholders and the UNMC community.

Reporting Structure  
ILO Stakeholders  

Office of Accreditation & Assessment (OAA)
Centralized Academic Affairs unit overseeing the initiative.

Internal Reporting:

Reports progress to the Chancellor, Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and the UNMC Education Council

External Reporting:

Reports progress to the HLC Assessment Academy

UNMC Assessment Committee
The UNMC Assessment Committee (AC) is the main workgroup responsible for executing the ILO Initiative action items and advise the OAA as well as the ILO Steering Committee. The main action items for the AC includes

  1. Develop a common assessment vocabulary as an institutional resource
  2. Identify the ILOs and a template assessment tool
  3. Establish an institutional definition of co-curricular learning
  4. Design a communication strategy to introduce the ILO initiative
  5. Assist with AEFIS implementation planning
  6. Develop assessment plans for capturing ILOs and Co-curricular learning data
  7. Create and implement a standardize assessment annular report which will be required of all programs/colleges

UNMC Education Council
The UNMC Education Council is a committee consisting of senior education leaders from UNMC, Nebraska Medicine, and the Student Senate. The Education Council regularly discusses issues regarding academic and student affairs and serves in an advisory role to the senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. Regarding the ILO initiative, the Education Council will also serve as an advisory body to the efforts of the OAA and the UNMC AC.

Program/College Faculty & Staff
The success of the ILO initiative is reliant on the feedback from each program or college. This type of feedback generally derives from a local curriculum committee or academic affairs body responsible for the academic standards of the program/college.

Office of Community Engagement
The AC collaborates with the Office of Community Engagement regarding establishing standardized assessment practices for co-curricular learning.

Office of Student Success
The OAA consults with the Office of Student Success regarding initiative activities that intersect with student affairs.

Information Technology Service
The AC consults with Department of Information Technology regarding the implementation of any academic technologies solutions that can assist the ILO initiative

UNMC Student Senate
The AC collaborates with the UNMC Student Senate as needed regarding the ILO initiative and future student learning assessment activities.

Initiative Project Phase