Next Generation Assessment (NGA) is the brainchild of Dr. Tammie Cumming of CUNY Brooklyn College and Dr. M. David Miller of the University of Florida. NGA focuses on higher education assessment, accreditation, policy, and research.
The Next Generation Assessment Web Bites channel on YouTube features discussions with educators, accreditors, and higher education leaders and policymakers as well as select talks and presentations from the NGA founders. Old blog pieces associated with Web Bites filmed prior to June 2022 can be found on AAC&U’s Liberal Education Magazine webpage.
NGA’s Assessment of Campus Climate is an ongoing project focusing on postsecondary institutions.
The Next Generation Assessment Mission
Next Generation Assessment serves as the preeminent voice in higher education assessment that incorporates best practices in conducting research to inform policy at various levels. We support faculty, institutions, and organizations as we:
- Provide open access resources to improve student learning and outcomes
- Develop and engage in professional training to include next generation best assessment practices
- Produce and disseminate assessment research to inform higher education policy
- Identify exemplary assessment methodologies that incorporate validity, reliability, and fairness standards
- Advise and influence national and local policies
Next Generation Assessment Founders
Dr. Tammie Cumming, Ph.D
Dr. Tammie Cumming was named the Associate Provost and Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness in August 2019. Cumming has provided educational research and assessment support services in higher education and at ACT, Inc. for more than 25 years. She has been an invited speaker on educational assessment and accreditation on an international level and has recently served as a U.S. delegate for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes Task Force. Cumming earned her Ph.D. in applied statistics and psychometrics from the University of Iowa.
Dr. M.David Miller, Ph.D
Dr. M. David Miller is a professor in Research and Evaluation Methodology and Director of the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education at the University of Florida. He is a research methodologist interested in psychometrics and large scale assessment. Dr. Miller also serves as the Director of the Collaborative Assessment and Program Evaluation Services (CAPES) at the University of Florida. CAPES was established to support grant funding in the social sciences by providing expertise in evaluation, assessment and research design. In addition, Dr. Miller has directed the development of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP is a required part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation. The QEP has developed a campus wide initiative to enhance the learning environment for undergraduate students around the theme of internationalization. This initiative, Learning Without Borders: Internationalizing the Gator Nation, includes curricular enhancement, faculty training, a speaker program, co-curricular enhancements, and a new International Scholar program. Dr. Miller has numerous publication and is a recognized measurement expert, authoring the 11th edition of a widely used textbook in teacher education programs. Dr. Miller is also the recipient of numerous National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Education research grants.