Engaging Evidence Consortium

CIC’s Engaging Evidence Consortium provided 40 colleges and universities with guidance and resources to conduct campus projects that used assessment data to improve student learning. Institutions in the network undertook projects that are close to the heart of their instructional missions—helping students to learn and to succeed academically. Institutions conducted campus projects that used outcomes assessment data to make significant adjustments in curriculum, pedagogy, or student support toward increased student learning. Consortium members participated in a two-and-a-half-day workshop in which leading experts facilitated discussions of pertinent assessment topics. This program was funded by the Teagle Foundation.

Read an article on the consortium in the Spring 2014 Independent.

 Current Status

Forty CIC colleges and universities were selected to join the Engaging Evidence Consortium. Institutions were chosen on the merits of their project proposals and reflect the diversity of independent higher education. Teams from Consortium institutions participated in a two-and-a-half-day workshop held August 5–7, 2012, in Washington, DC, during which leading national experts made presentations on pertinent assessment topics. Campus leaders shared information about successful projects, and campus teams discussed in small groups how they can implement what they have learned.

In October 2012, all teams submitted interim reports and applied for campus grants to CIC. In July 2013, all teams submitted final reports on their projects to CIC. The lessons learned by Engaging Evience Consortium participants are documented in the report, Engaging Evidence: How Independent Colleges and Universities Use Data to Improve Student Learning.

 Participating Institutions

Anderson University (SC)
Anna Maria College (MA)
Augsburg College (MN)
Cedarville University (OH)
Central Methodist University (MO)
Champlain College (VT)
Christian Brothers University (TN)
Claflin University (SC)
Coker College (SC)
Concordia University Chicago (IL)
Franklin Pierce University (NH)
Hilbert College (NY)
Husson University (ME)
Lasell College (MA)
Lesley University (MA)
Lynn University (FL)
Marlboro College (VT)
Messiah College (PA)
Morningside College (IA)
Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE)
Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)
Saint Joseph's College (IN)
Saint Leo University (FL)
Schreiner University (TX)
Shaw University (NC)
Shenandoah University (VA)
Simmons College (MA)
Springfield College (MA)
Stetson University (FL)
Sweet Briar College (VA)
Trine University (IN)
Trinity Christian College (IL)
Tusculum College (TN)
University of Evansville (IN)
University of Mount Union (OH)
Wagner College (NY)
Westmont College (CA)
Wheelock College (MA)
Widener University (PA)
Wilson College (PA)


If you have questions about the Engaging Evidence Consortium, please contact Jesse Rine, CIC director of research projects, at jrine@cic.nche.edu or (202) 466-7230.