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Principles of good outcomes assessment practice

Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE)

AALHE (Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education)

  • A professional association for higher education assessment practitioners, AALHE became available to the assessment community in spring 2010.
  • Some website features are restricted to AALHE members, some are available to the public (the list below indicates which features are restricted). The site includes:
    • Information about AALHE and about joining AALHE.
    • Links to other assessment resources and to presentations from previous AALHE conferences. (See the Resource Room.)
    • Opportunities for interaction about assessment issues, via topic-specific webinars, and on the ASSESS discussion list. (Webinar participation is restricted to AALHE members. The ASSESS list is available to the public in the Resource Room.)
    • Intersection, a quarterly online publication, is restricted to members.
    • Information about & from AALHE’s events (annual conferences, Twitter chats, & webinars. Twitter chats & webinars are restricted to AALHE members. Presentations from previous conferences are open to the public in the Resource Room.)

ACT

ACT

  • Surveys and assessment tools for colleges & universities.
  • Links to information about other ACT tools for higher education.

American Evaluation Association

American Evaluation Association

  • Resources for and information about assessment & evaluation in many contexts, including education & higher education. See About Us.
  • Community resources
    • EVALTALK online discussion list.
    • The public e-library includes a daily blog and (pdf and Powerpoint files) materials from AEA conference presentations.
    • Discussion forums for AEA members.

American Society for Quality: Education Division

American Society for Quality: Education Division

  • A division of ASQ, the national organization for the application of quality control in business and industry.
  • K-12 as well as higher education.
  • Some articles in the Division’s online journal Quality Approaches in Higher Education deal with assessing student learning outcomes. Some issues of its Higher Education Brief focus on assessment & accountability; recent issues are available to the public.

Assessing Administrative and Support Units

Assessing Administrative and Support Units

Assessing Assessment: In Academe

Assessing Assessment: In Academe, from AAUP.

  • The first four feature articles in this issue deal with assessment.

Assessing Online Education

Assessing Online Education

  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the
    • January thread CAAP test for online and other students, initiated by Cyndi Walljasper.
    • January 2016 thread Online Course Evaluations, initiated by Lynne Crosby.
    • April 2016 thread Online Course Evaluation Platforms, initiated by Crystal Braden.
  • College Choices for Adults
    • Note: The College Choices for Adults project ended early in 2013 and the website was closed.
    • The website included data from institutions that stress online programs, including engagement (NSSE) and alumni satisfaction results. Program-level information included learning outcomes and assessment methods.
    • From the Transparency By  Design initiative.
  • NILOA Occasional Paper: Assessing Learning in Online Education: The Role of Technology in Improving Student Outcomes (pdf file).
  • Quality Matters rubric for online & blended courses. Access to the full rubric requires a subscription (see subscriptions in the right-hand menu).
  • SmarterMeasure’s assessment of readiness for online learning.

Assessing Service Learning

Assessing Service Learning

Assessment Committees

Assessment Committees

  • ASSESS discussion-list threads on committee structure and function (see the list archive):
    • March 1999 thread Faculty Committees, initiated by Suzanne Decamp.
    • September 2003 thread Course Releases for Faculty on Assessment Committees? initiated by Tiffany Phagan.
    • October 2005 thread Committee Structure, initiated by David Gordon.
    • November 2007 thread Institutional Assessment Committee, initiated by Erin Frew. Note Erin’s 11/22/07 summary of responses.
    • February 2009 thread Assessment Committees? initiated by Charles Patrick.
    • May 2010 thread University Assessment Committee, initiated by Jerald Henderson.
    • September 2010 thread Relationship of Assessment Committee and Academic Policies Committee, initiated by David Knopp.
    • March 2013 thread An Organizational Question, initiated by Daryl Stevenson, and the associated threads An Organizational Question–Larger Institutions? and Organizational Question.
    • July 2013 thread Assessment Committees, initiated by Leah Adams-Curtis, and her follow-up posts Summary of Responses for Assessment Committee and Summary of Assessment Committee Information.
    • July 2015 thread Assessment Committees initiated by Kimberly Fath.
    • May 2016 thread Overseeing Assessment at the Institutional Level, initiated by Kristin Buscher.
  • Periodic assessment reports (often received and responded to by an assessment committee).
    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the
      • October 2010 thread Rubrics to Evaluate Quality of Assessment, initiated by Keston Fulcher.
      • September 2011 thread Faculty Evaluation of Annual Assessment Reports, initiated by Donna Vinton.
      • January 2012 thread Dean’s Role in Reviewing Assess Reports, initiated by Kathleen Morley.
      • May 2012 thread Assessment Report Review Process, initiated by Erin Frew.
      • July 2012 thread Administrative Responses to Annual Assessment Reports and Program Review, initiated by Shawna Lafreniere.
      • February 2013 thread Rubric for Evaluating the Quality of Assessment Plans, initiated by Shawna Lafreniere.
      • July 2013 thread Discovering Plagiarism During Juried Evaluations? initiated by Chris Duke.
      • June 2014 thread Timing of Assessment Reporting, initiated by Leah Adams-Curtis.
      • September 2014 thread External Review of Program Assessment Plans/Annual Reports, initiated by Ying Xiong.
      • May 2016 thread Dark Assessment, initiated by Mary Herrington-Perry.
    • What should departments report, and to whom? In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the:
      • October 1999 thread Who Collects Reports? initiated by Jane Thayer.
      • July 2009 thread What’s in Your Annual Assessment Reports? initiated by Pat Williams.
      • March 2010 thread Posting Assessment Docs, initiated by Jayne Swanson.
      • January 2014 thread Trend of Sharing Assessment Results/Reports Online, initiated by Norma Mora¡n.
      • September 2014 thread Program Assessment Outcomes and Objectives, initiated by Deborah Armstrong.
      • November 2015 thread Assessment versus Accreditation Compliance, initiated by Sharon Walters.
      • December 2015 thread Program Learning Outcomes, initiated by Susan Warner.
      • December 2015 thread Is ‘Earn a passing score on the national exam’ really a student learning outcome?, initiated by Mary Herrington-Perry.

Assessment Grants

Assessment Grants

Assessment Humor

Assessment Humor

Assessment Information for Students

Assessment Information for Students

  • Use your browser’s (F)ind function to search the individual institutions’ assessment sites for the phrase “for students”.
  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the
    • May 2012 thread Feedback for Students, initiated by Allison Ostrowski.
    • May 2012 thread Informational Assessment Statements and Student Consent Procedures, initiated by Elise Martin.
    • July 2013 thread How Do You Get Students Interested in Assessment, initiated by Christopher Childs.
    • June 2015 thread Information for Students initiated by Elizabeth Prude.

Assessment and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

Assessment and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

  • How IRBs interpret the federal regulations on research with human subjects varies from campus to campus.
    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the:
      • November 1999 thread IRB Letters, initiated by Jamie Young.
      • October 2001 thread IRB Approval, initiated by Kevin Kinser.
      • January 2002 thread  IRB Approval and Assessment Instruments, initiated by Barry Jenkins.
      • August 2004 thread IRB is, initiated by Edward Grandpre.
      • September 2004 threads External Survey Requests and Passions Aside, IRB is Necessary, initiated by Karen Widbin and Mark Davenport.
      • September 2005 threads Policy About Use of Assessment Results for Personal Research Activities and Use of Assessment Results, initiated by Karen Widbin and Alan DuPont.
      • April 2007 thread On Assessment and IRB, initiated by Marsha Watson.
      • August 2009 thread IRB, initiated by Valerie Taylor.
      • April 2010 thread IRB’s and Educational Research, initiated by Curt Naser.
      • November 2010 thread Institutional Review Board & Assessment, initiated by Melanie Booth.
      • February 2011 thread An Bit of Friday Afternoon Diversion, initiated by Lea Campbell, and the follow-up threads An Bit of Friday Afternoon Diversion…Which has Spilled Over in to the Weekend and Monday Morning as well… and An Bit of Friday Afternoon Diversion – Now Bleeding into Tuesday. This request for information about institutions’ assessment climate became an extended discussion of assessment & IRBs.
      • October 2011 thread Asmt Ethics, initiated by Joan Hawthorne, and the related post Further Consideration Regarding Assessment Ethics. The main thread includes discussions of ethical standards for assessment and how institutional review boards (IRBs) deal with assessment activities.
      • September 2012 thread Student Services Assessment for Decision Making and IRB Approval, initiated by Brad Patterson.
      • May 2013 thread Assessment Data and Permissions, initiated by Vanessa Vacchiano.
      • May 2014 thread Publishing Assessment Results, initiated by Susan Warner.
      • June 2014 thread Request for Raw Student Engagement Survey Data, initiated by Laura Massell.
      • September 2014 thread IRB and Assessment of Student Learning, initiated by Carrie Nepstad.
      • November 2014 thread Survey Question, initiated by Susan Warner.
      • July 2015 thread Coordinating Survey Research with IRB, initiated by Vennessa Walker.
  • Related policy issues
    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the December 2010 thread Policy Language: Collecting Student Work for Program Assessment, initiated by Melanie Booth.

Assessment Journals

Assessment Journals

Assessment and Learning: State of the Field Review

Assessment and Learning: State of the Field Review

  • About educational assessment in general, K-12 as well as higher ed and in UK, European, & far eastern education systems as well as in the U.S. (the review was written to inform Norwegian policy context).
    • A good source of information about “assessment” terminology & concepts — how terms & concepts developed, how they’re used in various theoretical & educational systems, and confusions that can result from overlapping usages.
    • Most of the theoretical & definitional literature reviewed deals with the theoretical underpinnings of various approaches to assessment and to relationships among assessment, learning, pedagogy, & policy.
    • Most of the research literature reviewed deals either with small-scale action-oriented studies in K-12 situations or with the large-scale OECD international tests; these parts of the review emphasize impacts on learning/pedagogy policy & practice rather than detailed research methods or results.
  • A large pdf file, 174pp including 20 pages of references.

Assessment and Liberal Arts Education: Research on the Outcomes of Liberal Arts Education

Assessment and Liberal Arts Education: Research on the Outcomes of Liberal Arts Education

Assessment Resource Centre

Assessment Resource Centre

  • A joint project of Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Hong Kong.
  • Information about, guidelines for, and issues in assessment and assessment-based pedagogy.
  • Bibliography and links to other resources. Includes resources not usually found in U.S.-based lists.
  • User-contributed assessment-practice examples were not available when last checked.

Assessment Resources

Assessment Resources

Assessment Rubrics

Assessment Rubrics

Association for Educational Assessment – Europe

Association for Educational Assessment – Europe

  • Not limited to higher education.
  • Professional development includes a framework for Standards for Assessment (pdf file).

Association for Institutional Research

Association for Institutional Research

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU)

Association of American Colleges & Universities

Automated Essay Scoring

Automated Essay Scoring

Baldridge National Quality Program: Education Criteria

Baldridge National Quality Program: Education Criteria

  • See the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Quality Program site for more information about the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Awards.

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Centro Nacional de Evaluación para la Educación Superior (Mexico)

Centro Nacional de Evaluación para la Educación Superior (Mexico)

  • Ceneval develops and administers performance exams for college entrance and assessment and for licensing/certification programs.
  • The website includes information about Ceneval’s exams and administration sites. Students can register and view their own results online.
  • Note: Ceneval’s website is in Spanish. Thanks to Phil Schmidt from Western Governors University for translation assistance.

College Portrait

College Portrait, see Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA, CLA+)

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA, CLA+)

  • Standardized assessment of general education skills & abilities.
  • Reports emphasize institutional value-added.
  • From the Council for Aid to Education (CAE).
  • CLA+ replaces the CLA and CCLA (Community College Learning Assessment). See supporting materials for a comparison of the old & new versions (pdf file).
  • Catalyst for Change, from the Council of Independent Colleges CLA Consortium, reports CIC members’ experience with the CLA.
  • Information from and about a multi-institution CLA-based longitudinal study of undergraduate learning are available from the Social Science Research Council. The study was the basis for Richard Arum & Josipa Roska’s book Academically Adrift.

Commission on the Future of Higher Education

Commission on the Future of Higher Education 

  • The Commission met during 2005-2006, charged by the U.S. Secretary of Education to develop a national strategy for postsecondary education.
  • Some parts of the final report and some of the issue papers deal with assessment, accountability, and accreditation (pdf files).

Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)

Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)

  • Proposed data definitions for (voluntary) intersystem sharing.
  • A project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). See About CEDS.
  • Select Elements, then Version 3 or Version 4 (Draft). In search, set the domain filter to postsecondary and the change status filter to all.

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)

  • Nationally-normed survey of students’ exposure to good practices in undergraduate education.
  • Information about the project and the survey.
  • About the survey has pdf demonstration versions of the survey.
  • National results summaries.
  • CCSSE is designed for two-year institutions. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a similar project for four-year institutions.
  • Some institutions’ assessment sites include CCSSE reports.

Conferences, Institutes, and Workshops

Conferences: Lists of National, Regional, and International Assessment Conferences, Institutes, and Workshops

Consultants

Consultants

These individuals and groups offer consulting, workshops, etc. to help colleges & universities plan and implement outcomes assessment. Some also offer other services related to assessment. Many of them consult in other higher-education areas as well. This is just a list. It’s not exhaustive and it doesn’t imply a recommendation or evaluation.

Context for Success: Measuring Colleges’ Impact

Context for Success: Measuring Colleges’ Impact

  • Reviews of methods and findings on input-adjusted measurement of college/university effectiveness. Papers and briefs are pdf files.
  • For an overview of the project, and summaries of the reports, select Papers, then Synopsis Paper.
  • Most of the reports focus on enrollment, persistence, graduation, & employment measures. Using student learning as a measure of quality in higher education discusses standardized instruments (CAAP, MAPP, CLA, NSSE).
  • From HCM Strategists, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education

Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education

  • Information about standards, guidelines, and assessment guides for Student Affairs programs and for graduate & professional programs. The CAS guides/standards can be purchased as books, CDs, or downloadable pdf and RTF files (see the CAS Store).

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

  • Overview of the Comprehensive Assessment Project.

Course-Based Assessment

Course-Based Assessment

  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the:
    • September-October 2013 thread Challenges with Course-Embedded Assessment, initiated by Mary Kay Fleming.
    • January 2014 thread Assessment Thresholds and Course Thresholds for Student Performance, initiated by  Peggy Schmidt.
    • May 2016 thread Reporting Course Evaluation Results, initiated by Regina Warfel
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATS)
    • Online version of the Teaching Goals Inventory, from the University of Iowa.
      • See Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers (Angelo & Cross, 1988, 1993, Jossey-Bass) for details on the TGI. The online version was created with the authors’ permission.
  • TooFAST, the current version of the Free Assessment Summary Tool  from Bruce Ravelli at Mt. Royal College.
    • Web survey for student feedback, for classroom assessment during the course of a term.
    • Fully anonymous, no way to tell who has submitted an evaluation, or how often. Not intended as an end-of-term course evaluation whose data become part of the salary, promotion, and tenure process.

Educational Benchmarking, Inc. (EBI)

EBI: Educational Benchmarking, Inc

  • Surveys for assessment in a variety of academic and student services areas. Analyses include comparisons with other participating institutions.
  • When last checked:
    • Academic areas included business/management, engineering, nursing, and teacher education.
    • Student-services areas included diversity, the first-year experience, fraternities/sororities, student housing, and student unions/centers.

Education Commission of the States (ECS)

Education Commission of the States (ECS)

  • This page has abstracts of publications and information about ECS projects in higher education and K-12 assessment, accountability, workplace preparation, and other topics. For publications, select assessment from the list of topics on the reports & databases page.

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

  • Information about ETS assessment instruments.
  • Test Link lets you search ETS’s test collection for information about thousands of test and research instruments.

Enrollment, Completion, & Earnings Data

Enrollment, Completion, & Earnings Data

  • Enrollment & Completion
    • California Community Colleges: Student Success Scorecard
      • Statewide or individual community colleges’ demographic profiles and persistence & completion rates.
      • See documentation (in the bottom menu) for methodology & details (pdf files).
    • College Completion
      • Interactive charts & tables of completion rates by sector, state, demographics, & institution characteristics, and for individual institutions.
      • Find a state (or start with the overview & click on a state) & compare with other states’ data.
      • Find a college & compare with other institutions’ data.
      • Data are downloadable as Excel-compatible files. For data sources & definitions, select About this project, then scroll down to About the data.
      • From the Chronicle of Higher Education with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
    • College Results Online
      • Searchable database of graduation rates for four-year colleges and universities. From the Education Trust; based on NCES data.
      • 4, 5, and 6-year rates, plus trends over time and freshman-to-sophomore retention, outbound transfer rates, and gender/ethnicity breakdowns.
      • User-selected group of institutions or individual institution + database-generated comparison group based on institutional characteristics.
    • Complete College America
      • Analyses of completion rates, time to degree, etc. from data provided by 32 participating states plus the District of Columbia.
      • State data: Interactive map of state summaries, with links to (pdf files) detailed reports.
        • The Time is the Enemy report has background, methodology, results, & policy implications (pdf files).
      • Links to related resources.
    • Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)
    • Department of Education/White House College Scorecard posted September 2015.
    • Gates Foundation report on higher education performance measures focus’ on the areas of attendance, persistence and graduation, and post-graduation employment and earnings; learning outcomes “still to be developed”.
    • Lumina Issue Paper: It’s Not Just the Money: The Benefits of College Education to Individuals and to Society.  Mentioned in Teri Lyn Hinds 1-20-16 ASSESS post “Re: [ASSESS:] Inside Higher Ed Article – Psych!”
    • National Student Clearinghouse
      • Chronicle of Higher Education interactive state-by-state breakdown of UG 6-yr graduation rates, from National Student Clearinghouse data.  Unlike IPEDS, NSC data includes both graduated from starting institution and graduated elsewhere: State Graduation Rates.  You will need to be a Chronicle of Higher Ed subscriber to access the report
      • Uses participating institutions’ enrollment data. Services include enrollment verification, Federal enrollment reports, and tracking students’ enrollment across institutions regardless of state and college/university-system boundaries.
      • More than 3,500 institutions participate, ranging from community colleges to Ivy League doctoral/research-extensive universities.
      • The May/June 2009 issue of Assessment Update includes an article on using NSC data as a proxy for a “national enrollment database.”
      • NSC research reports are available to the public (pdf files, see About the Clearinghouse).
        • Starting with the 6th Signature Report (December 2013) includes “nontraditional” persistence/completion rates (part-time enrollment and enrollment at multiple institutions). This InsideHigherEd article has an overview. The state-by-state supplement to the 8th Signature Report was released in February 2015; Chronicle of Higher Education’s interactive table summarizes its data (the online Chronicle article is restricted to subscribers; most college/university libraries subscribe).
      • Signature Report 9 – Transfer & Mobility: A National View of Student Movement in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2008 Cohort.
    • The Voluntary Institutional Metrics Project
      • A work in progress, designing measures & dashboard displays for institutional effectiveness.
      • Progress reports and sample dashboard displays are pdf files. Measures developed so far focus on educational cost and on student progress, completion, & employment. Learning outcomes measures are still to come.
      • Current participants are primarily community colleges and/or institutions emphasizing distance education.
      • From HCM Strategists, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
    • VSA College Portraits include the institution’s enrollment and completion data.
  • Employment & Earnings
    • The Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study, from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).
      • Employment and further education, four years after graduation. The most recent reports are based on surveys of the 2008 graduating cohort.
      • Reports & methodology descriptions (pdf files) and some data files are available to the public.
    • Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
      • A report on community college’s impact on employment and earnings. The report includes data on dropouts, while other reports focus on completers; it’s one state’s data and not a nationwide analysis (it uses 2002-2005 transcript data from North Carolina CC system and the NC unemployment office).
    • Department of Education (DOE) Scorecard
      • The Economist’s rankings of college value (defined as the difference between how much its graduates earn and how much they might have earned if they had studied elsewhere).
      • The Economist 10/31/2015 article includes a summary of results.
      • Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, Center on Education and the Workforce-Rankings adjusted for major and student participation/graduate training.
        • There is a link to the full report which as three tables for median earnings 10 years after graduation; rankings for deviation from expected based on composition of majors in the institution’s undergraduate population; rankings for major adjusted deviation from expected further adjusted for median ACT and likelihood that student would go on to graduate/professional training.
      • Chronicle of Higher Education interview with GU’s center director.
    • Economic Success Metrics, from CollegeMeasures.org, a joint project of the American Institutes for Research and the Matrix Knowledge Group.
      • First-year salaries of graduates from public colleges/universities employed in that state, by institution & program. (See the data limitations and caveats.)
      • Results from Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia are available. CollegeMeasures is working on similar projects with other states.
        • Summaries of the Arkansas and Tennessee results, and a link to Florida’s Beyond Education data site are on the ESM site. AIR has a summary and analysis of Virginia’s results.
    • Florida Education & Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP)
      • First-year quarterly earnings for Florida community college and public university graduates employed in Florida (pdf files).
    • Launch My Career Colorado shows potential earnings (starting, later-career, and median) and job availability by job and career category as well as by institution.
    • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First-Destination Survey.   The survey captures information regarding how new college graduates fare in their careers within six months of graduation. Contact ekoc@naceweb.org. The executive summary is available now (pdf).  Review of the survey findings is detailed in Ellen Wexler’s June 2016 Inside Higher Ed article, “Class of 2015 Is Finding Work.”
    • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey regarding post-college outcomes.  The NACE survey is reviewed by Jacqueline Thomsen in the June 5, 2015 article in InsideHigherEd.  The article has since been archived.
    • Salary Surfer, from the California Community Colleges Chancellor⬔s Office.
      • Earnings of CCC-system graduates employed in California, two years before, two years after, & five years after earning a community college certificate or degree.
      • By program, for the CCC system as a whole rather than for individual colleges.
      • Documentation about measures & methodology.
    • Seek UT (University of Texas system)
      • First- & fifth-year earnings & student debt of UT-system graduates employed full-time in Texas or by the U.S. government, by major area & UT institution.
      • The seekUT tool loads slowly; be patient.
    • State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Mid-Career Wages Reports
      • Median and mid-range wages up to 20 years after graduation (depending on graduation year) by degree level and discipline category.
      • The summary for 1992-93 graduates is a pdf file; the other reports are html pages.
  • The Economic Benefit of Postsecondary Degrees (pdf files).
    • From the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO).
  • Facilitating Development of a Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange
  • Issues in Using Enrollment, Completion, & Earnings Data
  • First Destination Survey Standards & Protocols, from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (pdf & Excel files).
    • For colleges & universities to use in collecting & reporting graduating student career outcomes.

Establishing Degree Qualifications

Establishing Degree Qualifications

Establishing Degree Qualifications

Ethical Standards for Assessment

Ethical Standards for Assessment

(Some of these are from a January 2002 Assess-L discussion. Thanks to Suzanne Garrison at Meredith College for initiating this thread.)

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)

  • Searchable database with:
    • Bibliographic information for hundreds of articles on assessment, evaluation, statistics, and educational research.
    • Downloadable full text (pdf files) of many non-journal articles.
  • A project of the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.
  • See:
    • General search tips.
    • The Thesaurus of search terms.
    • FAQs about the ERIC program.
  • Includes material that was added while the database was closed during 2004.

Faculty Attitudes Towards Outcomes Assessment

Faculty Attitudes Towards Outcomes Assessment

  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the
    • March 2005 thread Faculty Attitudes Toward Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, initiated by Reuel Barksdale.
    • April 2012 thread Searching for Survey of Faculty Knowledge of Assessment Basics and/or Faculty Attitudes Towards Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes, initiated by Allen Butt.
    • March 2013 thread Chronicle Point of View Piece, initiated by Zaneeta Daver. The online version of the 3/11/13 Chronicle of Higher Education article to which this refers, “Who’s Assessing the Assessors’ Assessors?,” includes readers’ comments that illustrate a wide range of faculty attitudes towards outcomes assessment. The online version of the article is available to Chronicle subscribers and through most college/university libraries.
    • August 2015 thread Chronicle Article-Does Assessment Make Colleges Better? Who Knows?, initiated by Catherine Wehlburg. The online version of the 8/14/15 Chronicle of Higher Education commentary where Erik Gilbert was curious about college’s assessment programs. The online version of the article is available to Chronicle subscribers and through most college/university libraries.
    • October 2015 thread Overcoming Faculty Resistance to Sharing Results, initiated by Marylee Demeter.
  • Developing/fostering positive attitudes and a “culture of assessment”
  • Faculty unions’ statements on outcomes assessment
  • Frequently-encountered objections to outcomes assessment
    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the discussion Logical Fallacies and Assessment, initiated by Stephen Zerwas.
      • April 2009, Logical Fallacies and Assessment – Straw Dog/Straw Man and the associated threads Assessment and Philosophical Issues (initiated by Steve RiCharde) and Logical Fallacies and Assessment – “red herrings” arguments (initiated by Stephen Zerwas). Posts include philosophical/theoretical discussion, examples of fallacious arguments, and suggestions for dealing with fallacious arguments.
      • August 2009, Logical Fallacies – Kill the Messenger and Kill the Messenger ?? Ad Hominum? Continued, initiated by Stephen Zerwas.
      • November 2015 thread Outcomes vs Outcomes, initiated by JaneMarie Souza.
  • “Our assessment says we’re doing just fine!”

Focus Groups: Methods & Tools

Focus Groups: Methods & Tools

  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the:
    • April 2010 thread Transcription Services, initiated by Cindy Shedd.
    • February 2012 thread Virtual Focus Groups and Blogs, initiated by Lea Campbell.
    • March 2013 thread Focus Group Resources, initiated by Elizabeth Carney.
    • July 2014 thread Transcription Software, initiated by Susan Warner.

Glossaries: Assessment Terms

Grades as Outcomes Assessment

Grades as Outcomes Assessment

Graduate Program Assessment

Graduate Program Assessment

Graduate Training in Outcomes Assessment

Graduate Training in Outcomes Assessment

Higher Education Resource Hub

Higher Education Resource Hub

  • For assessment resources, select Higher Education Assessment.

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)

  • A project of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA.
  • CIRP Surveys: Information about nationally-standardized student surveys.
    • CIRP Freshman Survey: profile of entering freshman class.
    • CSS College Senior Survey: follow-up of CIRP cohorts.
    • YFCY Your First College Year

Impact of Assessment

Impact of Assessment

  • A bibliography of articles about program assessment that include results, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (pdf file).
    • From Monica Stitt-Bergh’s original July 2013 ASSESS post program assessment articles: sharing and a request: “[Published articles or conference papers with] examples of degree program assessment involving direct assessment of student learning…, preferably peer-reviewed, that include some direct assessment of an academic degree program, include at least one assessment result, and are not only a ‘how-to’ or not just ‘what-we-plan-to-do.’ Completed assessments are what I⬔d like to find.”
    • Some of the articles include descriptions of how assessment results informed program planning.
  • Engineering Change: ABET study of how EC2000 standards and assessment requirements affect Engineering programs and students (executive summary available as pdf file, full report purchasable).
  • ASSESS discussion-list threads on this topic (see the list archive):
    • October 2006 thread Resources on Impact of Assessment on Learning and Teaching, initiated by Sean McKitrick of Binghampton University.
    • August 2007 threads Outcomes to the Assessment Process? initiated by Ken Weiner at Montgomery College, and Assessment in Higher Education, contributed by Richard Hake.
    • April 2008 threads Evidence of Impact of Student Learning Assessment? and Evidence of Impact of Student Learning Assessment, initiated by Lois Myers.
    • September 2009 threads Assessment, Budgeting, & Strategic Planning and [Spam] Re: [ASSESS:] Assessment, Budgeting, & Strategic Planning, initiated by Erin Frew.
    • November 2009 thread 404: Learning Outcomes, initiated by David Eubanks, and David’s blog entry on the topic.
    • March 2010 thread Evidence-Based Studies of Learning Goals, initiated by Mindy McWilliams.

Institutional Support for Outcomes Assessment

Institutional Support for Outcomes Assessment

International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA)

International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA)

  • Not limited to higher education.

K-12 Standards and College-Level Work

K-12 Standards and College-Level Work

  • The Common Core State Standards
    • A project of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), in partnership with the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU).
    • Objectives include:
      • Aligning K-12 standards with college admission & placement requirements.
      • Preparing K-12 teachers to help students meet the standards.

Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment

Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment

League for Innovation in the Community College

League for Innovation in the Community College: 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project

  • Information about a multi-institution project to define and document student learning outcomes.
  • Links to participating institutions’ project websites and to other resources. The project is no longer active, but some of the institutions’ websites are still available.

National Assessment Governing Board

National Assessment Governing Board

  • Information about the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). These are assessments of students in grades 4, 8, and 12, not college students. Relevant to assessment in higher education as illustration of a current national model for assessing student learning.
  • The NAEP site has details about and reports from assessments in various subject areas.
  • The U.S. also participates in multinational comparisons of K-12 students’ performance in various areas, sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). Recent & upcoming study areas include reading literacy, computer & information literacy, knowledge of math & science, and civic & citizenship education.
  • The Learning Curve, from Pearson and The Economist Intelligence Unit, analyzes a range of internationally-comparable K-12-level data.

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)

  • Links to articles and other assessment resources.

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) site has information about publications and services for assessment and other higher-education areas.

  • Assessing Assessment: Successes, Failures, and the Future overviews the state of higher education outcomes assessment (this pdf file will open in a separate window). Presentation by Peter Ewell, NCHEMS vice-president, at the 2007 IUPUI Assessment Institute. Ewell’s chapter An emerging scholarship: A brief history of assessment has details and references (in Banta, T.W. & Assoc. [2002], Building a scholarship of assessment. Jossey-Bass).
  • NCHEMS’ Information Center provides state-by-state comparisons of data related to higher-education issues. Some are outcomes assessment data, most are not.

The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)

The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)

  • UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies has papers, technical reports, and links to related sites. Some higher education material; mostly K-12.

National Community College Benchmark Project

National Community College Benchmark Project

  • Participating institutions can compare outcomes results with those of other participants. The data are not available to non-participants.
  • The site includes:
    • A description of the project and the benchmarks used. Some of the benchmarks are outcomes assessment results, some are other institutional research data.
    • A description of the reports prepared for participating institutions.
    • A list of participating institutions and information about enrolling in the project.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

  • NILOA’s Excellence in Assessment Designation
  • NILOA focuses on identifying & promoting effective assessment practices.
  • NILOA Resources include:
    • Reports from surveys of college/university outcomes assessment practices.
    • Assessment briefs: Introductions for faculty, student affairs staff, etc.
    • Occasional papers by assessment experts.
    • A transparency framework for institutions’ assessment websites and online presentation of assessment information.
      • The framework in the field section of the Transparency Framework page and the regularly-changing featured website available from the home page illustrate good “transparency” practice.
    • A link to the Measuring Quality inventory of assessment instruments.
  • Information about the Degree Qualifications Profile.
  • The searchable Resource Library includes links & bibliographies on a variety of assessment topics.
  • NILOA Occasional Paper: To Imagine a Verb: The Language and Syntax of Learning Outcomes Statements.
    • From the February NILOA Newsletter.

National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC)

National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC)

  • A project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
  • NPEC student outcomes projects focus on assessment policy, methods, coordination, and/or data use. pdf files of papers from some projects are available.
  • Definitions and assessment methods sourcebooks, for various general education areas.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Nationally Standardized Instruments

Nationally Standardized Instruments

New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability

New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability

  • The Alliance’s activities were suspended in summer 2013.
  • The documents Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability and Assuring Quality: An Institutional Self-Assessment Tool for Excellent Practice in Student Learning Outcomes Assessment are available from CHEA (pdf files).

Online Discussion

Online Discussion

  • Blogs about assessment
  • Discussion lists
    • Subscribing to email discussion lists
      • Send an email message to the list server for the list to which you want to subscribe. The message should say subscribe list-name your-first-name your-last-name (e.g.: subscribe assess John Smith) and have nothing in the Subject: line and no “signature” at the bottom.
      • After you’ve subscribed, send the one-word message help to get a list of commands you can use to suspend mail while you’re on vacation, unsubscribe from the list, etc.
    • ASSESS
      • From AALHE.
      • Topic: assessment in higher education.
      • Listserver: listserv@lsv.uky.edu (University of Kentucky).
      • The searchable archive also has online forms that you can use to join and post to the list.
    • EVALTALK
      • Topic: Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. Many threads relevant to outcomes assessment.
      • From the American Evaluation Association.
      • Lots of traffic. To avoid clogging your inbox, have your email program automatically put Evaltalk messages into a separate folder/mailbox.
      • The searchable archive (hosted at the University of Alabama) has an online form you can use to join and post to the list. Note: The UA listserver will ask for a login; registration is available to the general public and is free.
    • Other lists of assessment-related discussion lists <!– Assessment in Higher Education’s page of discussion lists has information about other assessment-related lists. –>
      • The Higher Education Resource Hub’s list of assessment resources has information about other assessment-related lists (select Higher Education Assessment from the menu at the left side of the Hub’s home page and scroll down to Assessment Electronic Discussion Lists).
      • NILOA’s Resources include some assessment discussion lists.

Portfolio Assessment

Portfolio Assessment

  • An extensive list of links to information about alternative assessment and electronic portfolios, from Helen Barrett at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. (Last updated in 2009. Some links are still good, some aren’t.)
  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the
    • April 2014 thread Best Resources RE: Pros/Cons of Large Scale Eportfolio Implementation, initiated by Kathleen Morley.
    • March 2016 thread ePortfolios, initiated by Beth-Ann Tek.
  • AAEEBL (The Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning)
    • Links to e-portfolio resources.
    • Information about AAEEBL’s annual conference and other networking opportunities.
  • Diagnostic Digital Portfolio at Alverno College. Access to the DDP is restricted to Alverno students, faculty, & staff.
  • Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research: Campus-based research projects on whether & how the use of portfolios affects student learning.
  • International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP) includes articles about using e-portfolios in assessment. Articles are available as pdf files.
  • Portfolio tips, guidelines, & examples from the University of Kentucky.
  • University of Minnesota’s ePortfolio. Development of the University of Minnesota’s ePortfolio system is described in the 2003 Educause article Electronic Portfolios Need Standards to Thrive (pdf file).
  • Truman State University portfolio project: FAQ, portfolio prompts with descriptors (rubrics, pdf files) for evaluation, and (pdf files) assessment results.
  • University of Minnesota Duluth ePortfolio. See the Getting Started tutorial and the User’s Guide (pdf files), and the link to download the open-source program.
  • Commercial products to manage on-line portfolios (this is just a list; it’s not exhaustive and inclusion doesn’t imply a recommendation or evaluation)
    • See A Survey of the Electronic Portfolio Market Sector by Trent Batson of AAEEBL.
    • Chalk & Wire’s e-Portfolio.
    • Digication’s Assessment Management System includes portfolio tools.
    • DigitalAssess Gain deeper insight by radically improving your understanding of learner’s knowledge with innovative assessment.
    • ePortfolio, from Epsilen.
    • iWebfolio, from Nuventive.
    • Mentor, from Axiom Education, includes a portfolio tool.
    • The PASS-PORT assessment-management system includes a portfolio tool.
    • RXOutcome assessment e-portfolio, for pharmacy programs.
    • Serensoft provides e-portfolio services.
    • TaskStream’s student assessment tools include e-portfolio assessment & management.
    • TK20’s CampusTools HigherEd and CampusWide have portfolio tools as part of a system to gather and organize assessment information. See Products.
    • See Helen Barrett’s list of commercial e-portfolio vendors (a 2009 list, some links will be out of date).
    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, select May 2005 and scroll down to Electronic Portfolio Software and Assessment, Renee Corbin’s list of e-portfolio products. Open the message and then click [text/html] at the bottom of the page for a version with “live” (clickable) links.

Principles of Good Outcomes Assessment Practice

Principles of Good Outcomes Assessment Practice 

Program Review and Outcomes Assessment

Program Review and Outcomes Assessment

  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see:
    • The May & July 2009 thread Combining Program Review and Assessment, initiated by Erin Frew.
    • The September 2010 thread Program Reviews – Are They Worth It? initiated by Catherine Wehlburg.
    • The October 2011 thread Program Review Cycles, initiated by Leah Adams-Curtis.

Qualitative Data Analysis Methods and Tools

Qualitative Data Analysis Methods and Tools

  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the:
    • September 2007 thread Qualitative Data Analysis Question, initiated by Mitzi Lewis. In October 2007, scroll down to the thread Qualitative Data Analysis Question – Summary, for Mitzi’s summary of responses and some more discussion.
    • February 2010 thread Qualitative Software Reviews? initiated by Christopher Vinger.
    • September 2010 thread Question Regarding Qualitative Analysis, initiated by John Painter.
    • May 2012 thread Text Analysis Tools, initiated by Gavin Henning, the associated thread Text Analysis Tools, initiated by Lenny Shedletsky, and Gavin’s follow-up List of Text Analysis Tools.
    • July 2013 thread Seeking Recommendations on Qualitative Data Analysis Software, initiated by Jill Hirt.
  • Content-analysis.de’s annotated links to qualitative analysis software packages and other information about content-analysis methods.
  • See Crafton Hills College’s overview of Sampling for the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (pdf file).
  • NILOA Occasional Paper – Improving teaching, learning, and assessment by making evidence of achievement transparent.  From NILOA May newsletter.
    • The paper discusses concepts of validity, external credibility, and “authentic assessment.”

Quantitative Data Analysis Methods and Tools

Quantitative Data Analysis Methods and Tools

  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see:
    • The February 2010 thread Inter-rater Reliability, initiated by Erica Cavanaugh. It developed into extended discussions of (a) statistical methods for evaluating inter-rater reliability and (b) the pros & cons of statistical precision in higher education outcomes assessment.
    • The related March 2010 thread Centering and Rasch Analysis, initiated by David Eubanks, which deals with several issues about using rubrics & analyzing rating-scale results.
    • The November 2010 thread Stats Packages Excel Add-ons, initiated by Kenneth Reaves.
    • The November & December 2010 thread Building Faculty Inter-rater Reliability of Graduate School Candidate Admissions Ratings, initiated by Barbara Shepperson. It developed into a discussion of inter-rater reliability methods & issues. See Jeremy Penn’s November 30 post for a Powerpoint presentation overviewing methods for evaluating inter-rater reliability.
    • The July 2011 thread Inter-rater Reliability, initiated by Daniel Mccollum.
    • The August 2011 thread Unequal Sample Size when Comparing Two Groups, initiated by Wenjun Chi. It developed into a comparison of parametric & nonparametric significance tests and a discussion of significance testing in general.
    • The November 2012 thread Logistical Questions Re: Institution-wide Assessment of Gen Ed Outcomes, initiated by Laura Henderson, which deals with several issues about analyzing rating-scale results & using rubrics.
    • July 2013 thread Course Evaluation Inter-rater Reliability, initiated by David Eubanks. The thread includes some general discussion of course evaluation questionnaires.
    • November 2014 thread Item Response Theory Software, initiated by M. Brooke Robertshaw.
    • March 2015 thread Significance Tests in Assessment (Are they even appropriate?), initiated by Kimberly Faith
    • March 2015 thread Case Study Assessment initiated by Karal Sanders.
    • April 2015 thread Assessing Common Reading Programs initiated by Karla Sanders.
    • April 2015 thread Evaluation/Assessment Plan initiated by Tracey Snyder
    • April 2015 thread Student Group Assessment Plan initiated by Alicia Betsinger.
    • April 2015 thread Assessment for Readiness for Online Courses and Computer Literacy initiated by Gave Estil.
    • April 2015 thread Assessment Day? initiated by Cathy Sanders.
    • April 2015 thread Transition to On-Line Course Surveys initiated by Annalisa Gramlich.
    • April 2015 thread Significance Tests in Assessment initiated by Kimberly Faith.
      • This thread includes discussion of whether statistical significance testing is appropriate for course and program level assessment at all.
    • May 2015 thread Theories or Models for Assessment  initiated by Michael Zuch.
    • May 2015 thread Help with Research initiated by Keri Turner.
    • October 2015 thread Survey Factors: Continuous or Categorical Variables and Implications on Sig Testing?, initiated by Beth Tek.
    • October 2015 thread Ordinal vs Ration/Interval, initiated by Mark Riddle.
    • February 2016 thread Analyzing large quantities of open-ended survey data, initiated by Beth-Ann Tek.
  • Context for Success papers discuss statistical & methodological issues in using enrollment, persistence, graduation rates, and employment data as measures of institution quality or effectiveness.
  • “Dashboard” display of assessment & accountability data
  • See Crafton Hills College’s overview of Sampling for the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (pdf file).
  • NILOA Occasional Paper -“Improving teaching, learning, and assessment by making evidence of achievement transparent.
    • From NILOA May Newsletter.
    • The occasional paper discusses concepts of validity, external credibility, and “authentic achievement.”
  • Setting performance targets / standards / expectations

Software for Web Surveys

Software for Web Surveys

  • Association for Survey Computing: Register of Software for Statistical and Social Survey Analysis
    • Well-annotated, easy to use listings from a regularly-updated database. Not limited to products for Web-based surveying. Start with the list of features, then go to “Data Capture” and then to “Web Interviewing.” (Note: The Register has not been updated since 2006 but many of its entries are still useful.You can download the 2006 version from ASC’s website [pdf file]. See the list of web interviewing packages on p. 7; then get individual software vendors’ website addresses from the list that starts on p. 30.)
      • Adaptex Assessment System, from James Madison University.
      • AskAnywhere, from Senecio.
      • Asset (Academic Survey System and Evaluation Tool), from the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Seton Hall University.
      • Blue/Surveys, from Explorance.
      • Checkbox from Prezza Technologies has software for your own campus’ servers as well as a hosted version.
      • CoursEval, from ConnectEdu, is designed for course, faculty, and peer evaluations but can also be used for other small surveys.
      • EvalTools from Makteam Software.
      • EvaluationKIT.
      • LimeSurvey open-source survey application.
      • Qualtrics. Scroll down to the survey research suite for details.
      • PollCat. Free survey-creation, hosting, and summary reports for small surveys. There are fees for larger surveys, custom surveys, and detailed data.
      • SelectSurvey.NET, from ClassApps.
      • SmartEvals.
      • SurveyConnect.
      • SurveyDIG, from Runner Technologies.
      • SurveyMaker, from Griffith University. These software and survey hosting services were not in the Register when last checked. (Some of these are from ASSESS posts by Renee Corbin at Western Carolina University and Lib Pruden at Union Institute.) This is just a list. It’s not exhaustive, it doesn’t include items in ASC’s Register or ACPA’s list, and it doesn’t imply a recommendation or evaluation.
      • SurveyTracker Plus Email/Web from Scantron handles online surveys as well as scannable forms.
      • TestPilot, from ClearLearning.
      • TK20’s CampusTools HigherEd and CampusWide have survey tools as part of a system to gather and organize assessment information.
      • Business-oriented survey tools.such as those from Mindshare Technologies may also be appropriate for educational institutions.
  • Also, see Yahoo’s current links on the topic. Some of these are survey software, some are survey hosting services.
  • Some threads in the ASSESS discussion-list archive have users’ comments about web survey software or hosting services, or about using online surveys. See the:
    • December 2004 thread Question Web Survey Software, initiated by Ted Micceri.
    • October 2005 threads Online Survey Comparison Matrix and Online Survey hosts, which include Gavin Henning’s Excel file of information and user comments (thanks for compiling this, Gavin!).
    • July 2007 threads Electronic Survey and Thanks, initiated by Elizabeth Pruden.
    • August 2007 threads Consultant for Online Survey and Consultant for Online Survey: Listserv Feedback Compiled, initiated by Brian Bogert.
    • April 2011 threads Survey Software that Allows You to Store Your Own Data, initiated by Pat Williams, and Survey Software, initiated by Lea Campbell.
    • May 2011 thread Online Survey Policies, initiated by Kim Black.
    • October 2011 post, Survey Policies & Guidelines, from Betty Harper. The attached Word document has links to & information about college/universities’ policies for large (web or non-web) surveys.
    • September 2014 thread Alternatives to SurveyMonkey, initiated by Denise Bell.
    • May 2016 thread Survey Software, initiated by Nicole Tomasello.
  • Some online articles about Web-based surveying
  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the:
    • September 2010 threads Quick Poll: Typical Responses Rates to Web-based Surveys, initiated by Gavin Henning, and Achieving High Online Survey Rates of Completion, initiated by Timothy Metz.
    • February 2011 thread Just Sharing Something Fun… initiated by Zaneeta Davers, a discussion of getting students to take online surveys.
      • October 2012 thread Incentives for Student Participation in NSSE, initiated by Pat Williams. (Not limited to online surveys or to NSSE, this thread is a general discussion of using incentives to improve completion rates.)

SHEEO: State Higher Education Executive Officers

SHEEO: State Higher Education Executive Officers

State-by-State Reports on Accreditation, Assessment, and Higher Education

State-by-State Reports on Accreditation, Assessment, and Higher Education

    • Measuring Up “report card”
      • From the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Scoring categories include preparation for and participation in higher education, affordability, completion, benefits, and student learning. All states received “grades” of Incomplete for student learning; current data did not allow meaningful state-by-state comparisons.
      • Executive summary (pdf file) plus individual state reports.
      • Reported biannually from 2000 through 2008.
    • NILOA report: Connecting State Policies on Assessment with Institutional Assessment Activity.
    • Ready to Assemble: About states’ higher education accountability systems
      • What information do states collect on their higher education institutions, and how do they use that information for institutional improvement?
      • Interactive map and individual state & scoring-category summaries, plus (pdf files) executive summary & individual reports.
      • From Education Sector.

State and Regional Assessment Organizations

State and Regional Assessment Organizations

  • Arkansas Association for the Assessment of Collegiate Learning (AAACL)
    • About AAACL.
    • Links to member institutions’ home pages.
    • Listserv.
    • Information about & from AAACL assessment workshops (presentations are mht files which require Internet Explorer; the registration form for the latest workshop is an Excel file).
    • Resources
      • Newsletter (pdf file).
      • Previous Conference (AAACL workshop) presentations
        • Spring 2008 (presentations are mht files which require Internet Explorer; the participant list is an Excel file).
        • Spring 2009 (Powerpoint & pdf files, Word documents).
  • Assessment Network of New York (ANNY)
    • About ANNY and network membership.
    • Materials from ANNY conferences & events (pdf & Powerpoint files).
    • Member resources, including a newsletter and links to other assessment resources, are restricted to ANNY members.
  • California Community Colleges Student Learning Outcome Coordinators
    • A community in the CCC Research & Planning Group.
    • Listserv for CCC SLO coordinators.
    • POWER awards for achievements in outcomes assessment and research in learner-centered teaching.
    • Links to other assessment resources (pdf files, Word documents).
  • Chicago Area Assessment Group (CAAG)
    • About CAAG.
    • Contact information and upcoming meetings.
  • Missouri Assessment Consortium
    • Information about MAC.
    • Guiding principles and assessment handbook.
    • Links to Missouri institutions’ assessment websites.
  • New England Educational Assessment Network
  • New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association
    • Information about NMHEAA and statewide assessment conferences.
  • Virginia Assessment Group
    • About VAG.
    • Conferences, workshops, and session handouts (pdf, Powerpoint, and Word files).
    • Assessment-related employment notices from Virginia colleges & universities.
    • Online journal, Research & Practice in Assessment (RPA).
    • Links to other assessment resources. The list on the left has materials from VAG conferences & workshops (pdf, Powerpoint, and Word files).
  • Washington Area Student Learning Assessment Network (WASLAN)
    • About WASLAN, and contact information.
    • WASLAN member institutions.

Student Motivation for Assessment

Student Motivation for Assessment

  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the January 2014 threads Capstone Requirements and Motivation for Assessment (was Capstone Requirements), initiated by Catherine Wehlburg.
  • The Student Opinion Scale (pdf files)
    • Self-report scale of test-takers’ motivation, to help inform the interpretation of assessment results.
    • From James Madison University’s Center for Assessment & Research Studies (CARS).

The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report

The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report (pdf files)

Tools to Help Organize Assessment Information

  • Tools to Help Organize Assessment Information
      • ASSESS discussion-list threads on users’ experience with assessment management software (see the list archive)
        • February 2006 thread Assessment Tracking Systems, initiated by David Kale.
        • August 2006 thread Assessment Reporting Software, initiated by Margie Hobbs. Margie’s summary in the associated thread Assessment Management Software, includes a Word document with information from a number of vendors (thanks, Margie).
        • July 2008 thread Assessment Management Systems, initiated by Janine Vienna. Steve RiCharde’s July 11 posts include a draft chapter on things to consider when selecting assessment management software (Word document) and a partial list of vendors (Excel file) — thanks, Steve.
        • February 2012 thread Assessment Data Management System, initiated by Teresa Rothrock.
        • August 2012 thread Question about Assessment Software, initiated by Lisa Woodward.
        • October 2012 thread Assessment Systems, initiated by Michelle Todd, and the associated thread Re: Assessment Systems (Attachment), with an Excel file of information on various vendors’ systems, from Susan DeMatteo (thanks, Susan).
        • April 2013 thread Seeking Assessment Management System (AMS) Feedback, initiated by Susan DeMatteo.
        • April 2013 thread Curriculum Outcomes Mapping Software, initiated by Larry Peterson.
        • April 2013 thread LiveText, initiated by Kim Black, and the associated threads Kim Black – Adopting LiveText, initiated by Steven McDonald and LiveText (for Kim Black), initiated by Denise Moseley.
        • December 2013 thread Software to Store and Analyze Student Learning Outcomes and Progress in Institutional Goals? initiated by Susan Hayes.
        • December 2013 thread Assessment Support Software, initiated by Dan McCollum.
        • June 2014 thread Separate Systems for Strategic Plan Assessment and Institutional Assessment? initiated by Susan Hayes.
        • June 2014 thread Software for Assessment Reporting AND Faculty Activity Reporting? initiated by Donna Vinton.
        • September 2014 thread Assessment Software, initiated by Lisa Cota. Also see the associated thread Lisa Cota Request, initiated by Bobby Matthews.
        • November 2014 thread Feedback Requested on the Assessment Software Weave/Performance Cloud, initiated by Kimberly Gargiulo.
        • April 2016 thread Data roll-up for assessment of PLOs/ILOs, initiated by Anna Martinez.
        • May 2016 thread Assessment Management System, initiated by Karen M. Stokes.
      • This is just a list. It’s not exhaustive and inclusion doesn’t imply a recommendation or evaluation.
      • AEFIS (Academic Evaluation, Feedback and Intervention System) assessment management software. Developed at Drexel University for ABET self-studies, but flexible enough for other course-based assessment processes.
      • AMEE (Assessment Made Easy Everyday), from Midwest Social Science Research Associates (MSSRA).
      • aPlus+, from Cobek, for organizing & summarizing assignment details & grades.
      • Better Assessment organizes & manages faculty assessments of students’ written material.
      • Blackboard’s Learn Platform includes tools for for assessment processes, information, and reports. Integrated with tools for course information, surveys, document and portfolio management, and user-community interaction.
      • CampusLabs
        • Baseline management system for survey & rubric-based assessments.
          • Select Products, then Baseline.
          • This was formerly StudentVoice.
        • Compliance Assist manages assessment data as well as other information for accreditation, planning, and program review reports.
      • CurricUNET’s curriculum management system includes an assessment module.
      • Digication’s Assessment Management System for collecting and managing assessment information includes portfolio, rubric, and reporting tools.
      • eLumen Achievement database for assessment processes, rubrics, results, and reports.
      • ExamSoft’s tools create, administer, & score exams and other assignments, and include rubric-based scoring, student feedback, and reports for course, program, or institutional learning outcomes.
      • FASI-Online assessment documentation system.
      • iSocrates system for rubric-based grading and student feedback on individual assignments. For program or cross-program assessment, data can be exported to spreadsheets or class management systems for aggregation. Registered users can share rubrics they’ve generated for specific tasks or assignments.
      • LiveText Accreditation Management System for collecting data and organizing outcomes, rubrics, results, etc.
      • Maple T.A. from Maplesoft, for creating, presenting, grading, & organizing results from mathematics/science assignments & exams, can also be used for non-math/science courses.
      • Mentor, from Axiom Education.
      • OATS (Online Assessment Tracking System) from Georgia Institute of Technology’s Office of Assessment. OATS is available for download by other institutions.
      • openIGOR: A free Linux-based open-source program to manage information about program outcomes and assessment-related documents. From David Eubanks, now at Eckerd College.
      • PASS-PORT, from Innovative Learning Assessment Technologies. Includes versions specialized for business program, nursing program, and teacher-education program accreditation management.
      • rGrade, from Educational Informatics.
      • RXoutcome, for pharmacy programs, also includes portfolio tools.
      • Strategic Planning Online includes an assessment-management component.
      • TaskStream’s tools to organize, review, & summarize assessment information, and for assignment & e-portfolio assessment.
      • ThinkTank facilitates collaboration and can record and store information from assessment group meetings.
      • TK20’s CampusTools HigherEd and CampusWide include tools for electronic portfolios and online surveys.
      • TracDat tracks assessment processes & information and produces reports. From Nuventive.
      • WEAVEonline tracks assessment processes & information and produces reports.
        • WEAVE Technology’s PerformanceCloud integrates institutional research, institutional effectiveness, outcomes assessment, strategic planning, & accreditation processes.
  • WIDS (Worldwide Instructional Design System) curriculum-design software includes tools to monitor outcomes and associated rubrics and results. Select Products, then Read more….
  • The Programs module of Xitracs’ accreditation compliance tool includes assessment management.

TRIADS: Assessment of Learning Outcomes

TRIADS: Assessment of Learning Outcomes

  • TRIpartate Assessment Delivery System: A joint project of the University of Liverpool, the University of Derby, and the Open University.
  • TRIADS Engine: Authorware for developing online assessments.
  • Sample learning outcomes (for earth science programs).
  • TRIADS activities and implementations.

Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA)

Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA)

  • Project to develop VSA-like definitions and reporting templates for community colleges.
  • Project to develop VSA-like definitions and reporting templates for community colleges.
  • See About VFA for the project’s history and information about VFA’s measures (pdf files).
  • A joint project of AACC, ACCT, and the College Board.

Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)

 Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)

What Outcomes Assessment Misses

What Outcomes Assessment Misses

  • From the TLT Group, so it focuses on assessment about technology — but the general points apply to any assessment project.

General Resources

Discussion Lists, Forums, Archives of Articles, Lists of Links, etc.

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AALHE (Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education)

  • A professional association for higher education assessment practitioners, AALHE became available to the assessment community in spring 2010.
  • Some website features are restricted to AALHE members, some are available to the public (the list below indicates which features are restricted). The site includes:
    • Information about AALHE and about joining AALHE.
    • Links to other assessment resources and to presentations from previous AALHE conferences. (See the Resource Room.)
    • Opportunities for interaction about assessment issues, via topic-specific webinars, and on the ASSESS discussion list. (Webinar participation is restricted to AALHE members. The ASSESS list is available to the public in the Resource Room.)
    • Intersection, a quarterly online publication, is restricted to members.
    • Information about & from AALHE’s events (annual conferences, Twitter chats, & webinars. Twitter chats & webinars are restricted to AALHE members. Presentations from previous conferences are open to the public in the Resource Room.)

ACT

  • Surveys and assessment tools for colleges & universities.
  • Links to information about other ACT tools for higher education.

American Evaluation Association

  • Resources for and information about assessment & evaluation in many contexts, including education & higher education. See About Us.
  • Community resources
    • EVALTALK online discussion list.
    • The public elibrary includes a daily blog and (pdf and Powerpoint files) materials from AEA conference presentations.
    • Discussion forums for AEA members.

American Society for Quality: Education Division

  • A division of ASQ, the national organization for the application of quality control in business and industry.
  • K-12 as well as higher education.
  • Some articles in the Division’s online journal Quality Approaches in Higher Education deal with assessing student learning outcomes. Some issues of its Higher Education Brief focus on assessment & accountability; recent issues are available to the public.

Assessing Academic Advising

  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
    • General Principles of Assessment of Academic Advising
    • Implications for Assessment of Academic Advising (2011 National Survey Results)
    • Constructing Student Learning Outcomes in Academic Advising
    • Resources include:
      • Guidelines, handouts and materials (pdf files)
      • Institutional Examples
    • UC-Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning 
      • Assessing Academic Advising
      • On the ASSESS discussion list see the May 2015 thread Learning Outcomes for Advising, initiated by Renee Hicks.

Assessing Administrative and Support Units

Assessing Assessment: In Academe, from AAUP.

  • The first four feature articles in this issue deal with assessment.

Assessing Online Education

Assessing Service Learning

Assessment Committees

  • ASSESS discussion-list threads on committee structure and function (see the list archive):
    • March 1999 thread Faculty Committees, initiated by Suzanne Decamp.
    • September 2003 thread Course Releases for Faculty on Assessment Committees? initiated by Tiffany Phagan.
    • October 2005 thread Committee Structure, initiated by David Gordon.
    • November 2007 thread Institutional Assessment Committee, initiated by Erin Frew. Note Erin’s 11/22/07 summary of responses.
    • February 2009 thread Assessment committees? initiated by Charles Patrick.
    • May 2010 thread University Assessment Committee, initiated by Jerald Henderson.
    • September 2010 thread Relationship of Assessment Committee and Academic Policies Committee, initiated by David Knopp.
    • March 2013 thread An Organizational Question, initiated by Daryl Stevenson, and the associated threads An Organizational Question–Larger Institutions? and Organizational Question.
    • July 2013 thread Assessment Committees, initiated by Leah Adams-Curtis, and her follow-up posts Summary of Responses for Assessment Committee and Summary of Assessment Committee Information.
    • May 2016 thread “Overseeing Assessment at the Institutional Level” (5-18-16, Kristin Buscher)
  • Periodic assessment reports (often received and responded to by an assessment committee).
    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the
      • October 2010 thread Rubrics to Evaluate Quality of Assessment, initiated by Keston Fulcher.
      • September 2011 thread Faculty Evaluation of Annual Assessment Reports, initiated by Donna Vinton.
      • January 2012 thread Dean’s Role in Reviewing Assess Reports, initiated by Kathleen Morley.
      • May 2012 thread Assessment Report Review Process, initiated by Erin Frew.
      • July 2012 thread Administrative Responses to Annual Assessment Reports and Program Review, initiated by Shawna Lafreniere.
      • February 2013 thread Rubric for Evaluating the Quality of Assessment Plans, initiated by Shawna Lafreniere.
      • July 2013 thread Discovering Plagiarism During Juried Evaluations? initiated by Chris Duke.
      • June 2014 thread Timing of Assessment Reporting, initiated by Leah Adams-Curtis.
      • September 2014 thread External Review of Program Assessment Plans/Annual Reports, initiated by Ying Xiong.
      • September 2015 thread Peer Review of Assessment Plans, initiated by Cynthia Louden.
    • What should departments report, and to whom? In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the:
      • October 1999 thread Who Collects Reports? initiated by Jane Thayer.
      • July 2009 thread What’s in Your Annual Assessment reports? initiated by Pat Williams.
      • March 2010 thread Posting Assessment Docs, initiated by Jayne Swanson.
      • January 2014 thread Trend of Sharing Assessment Results/Reports Online, initiated by Norma Morán.
      • September 2014 thread Program Assessment Outcomes and Objectives, initiated by Deborah Armstrong.

Assessment Grants

 

Assessment Humor

Assessment Information for Students

  • Use your browser’s (F)ind function to search the individual institutions’ assessment sites for the phrase “for students”.
  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the
    • May 2012 thread Feedback for Students, initiated by Allison Ostrowski.
    • May 2012 thread Informational Assessment Statements and Student Consent Procedures, initiated by Elise Martin.
    • July 2013 thread How do You get Students Interested in Assessment, initiated by Christopher Childs.

Assessment and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

  • How IRBs interpret the federal regulations on research with human subjects varies from campus to campus.
    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the:
      • November 1999 thread IRB letters, initiated by Jamie Young.
      • October 2001 thread IRB Approval, initiated by Kevin Kinser.
      • January 2002 thread  IRB Approval and Assessment Instruments, initiated by Barry Jenkins.
      • August 2004 thread IRB, is initiated by Edward Grandpre.
      • September 2004 threads External Survey Requests and Passions Aside, IRB is Necessary, initiated by Karen Widbin and Mark Davenport.
      • September 2005 threads Policy About Use of Assessment Results for Personal Research Activities and Use of Assessment Results, initiated by Karen Widbin and Alan DuPont.
      • April 2007 thread On Assessment and IRB, initiated by Marsha Watson.
      • August 2009 thread IRB, initiated by Valerie Taylor.
      • April 2010 thread IRB’s and Educational Research, initiated by Curt Naser.
      • November 2010 thread Institutional Review Board & Assessment, initiated by Melanie Booth.
      • February 2011 thread An bit of Friday Afternoon Diversion, initiated by Lea Campbell, and the follow-up threads An Bit of Friday Afternoon Diversion…which has Spilled Over in to the Weekend and Monday Morning as well… and An Bit of Friday Afternoon Diversion – Now Bleeding into Tuesday. This request for information about institutions’ assessment climate became an extended discussion of assessment & IRBs.
      • October 2011 thread Asmt Ethics, initiated by Joan Hawthorne, and the related post Further Consderation Regarding Assessment Ethics. The main thread includes discussions of ethical standards for assessment and how institutional review boards (IRBs) deal with assessment activities.
      • September 2012 thread Student Services Assessment for Decision Making and IRB Approval, initiated by Brad Patterson.
      • May 2013 thread Assessment Data and Permissions, initiated by Vanessa Vacchiano.
      • May 2014 thread Publishing Assessment Results, initiated by Susan Warner.
      • June 2014 thread Request for Raw Student Engagement Survey Data, initiated by Laura Massell.
      • September 2014 thread IRB and Assessment of Student Learning, initiated by Carrie Nepstad.
      • November 2014 thread Survey Question, initiated by Susan Warner.
  • Related policy issues
    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the December 2010 thread Policy Language: Collecting Student Work for Program Assessment, initiated by Melanie Booth.

Assessment Journals

Assessment and Learning: State of the Field Review

  • About educational assessment in general, K-12 as well as higher ed and in UK, European, & far eastern education systems as well as in the U.S. (the review was written to inform Norwegian policy context).
    • A good source of information about “assessment” terminology & concepts — how terms & concepts developed, how they’re used in various theoretical & educational systems, and confusions that can result from overlapping usages.
    • Most of the theoretical & definitional literature reviewed deals with the theoretical underpinnings of various approaches to assessment and to relationships among assessment, learning, pedagogy, & policy.
    • Most of the research literature reviewed deals either with small-scale action-oriented studies in K-12 situations or with the large-scale OECD international tests; these parts of the review emphasize impacts on learning/pedagogy policy & practice rather than detailed research methods or results.
  • A large pdf file, 174pp including 20 pages of references.

Assessment and Liberal Arts Education: Research on the Outcomes of Liberal Arts Education

Assessment at Minority Serving Institutions

Assessment Resource Centre

  • A joint project of Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Hong Kong.
  • Information about, guidelines for, and issues in assessment and assessment-based pedagogy.
  • Bibliography and links to other resources. Includes resources not usually found in U.S.-based lists.
  • User-contributed assessment-practice examples were not available when last checked.

Assessment Resources

Assessment Rubrics

Association for Educational Assessment – Europe

  • Not limited to higher education.
  • Professional development includes a framework for Standards for Assessment (pdf file).

Association for Institutional Research

Association of American Colleges & Universities

  • AAC&U’s assessment initiatives: multi-institution research on assessment approaches and impacts.
    • The LEAP (Liberal Education & America’s Promise) and VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) initiatives include general education learning outcomes, rubrics, and assessment activities.
  • AAC&U’s assessment-related publications, meetings, and institutes.
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Automated Essay Scoring

Baldridge National Quality Program: Education Criteria

  • See the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Quality Program site for more information about the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Awards.

Bloom’s Taxonomy

  • Bloom’s 1956 taxonomy of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor behaviors is often used or referred to in defining outcomes for assignments, courses, and curricula. Google Bloom’s Taxonomy for a long list of relevant websites. Some with definitions & examples of Bloom’s cognitive categories are:

    Centro Nacional de Evaluación para la Educación Superior (México)

    • Ceneval develops and administers performance exams for college entrance and assessment and for licensing/certification programs.
    • The website includes information about Ceneval’s exams and administration sites. Students can register and view their own results online.
    • Note: Ceneval’s website is in Spanish. Thanks to Phil Schmidt from Western Governors University for translation assistance.

    College Portrait, see Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)

    Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA, CLA+)

    • Standardized assessment of general education skills & abilities.
    • Reports emphasize institutional value-added.
    • From the Council for Aid to Education (CAE).
    • CLA+ replaces the CLA and CCLA (Community College Learning Assessment). See supporting materials for a comparison of the old & new versions (pdf file).
    • Catalyst for Change, from the Council of Independent Colleges CLA Consortium, reports CIC members’ experience with the CLA.
    • Information from and about a multi-institution CLA-based longitudinal study of undergraduate learning are available from the Social Science Research Council. The study was the basis for Richard Arum & Josipa Roska’s book Academically Adrift.

    Commission on the Future of Higher Education 

    • The Commission met during 2005-2006, charged by the U.S. Secretary of Education to develop a national strategy for postsecondary education.
    • Some parts of the final report and some of the issue papers deal with assessment, accountability, and accreditation (pdf files).

    Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)

    • Proposed data definitions for (voluntary) intersystem sharing.
    • A project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). See About CEDS.
    • Select Elements, then Version 3 or Version 4 (Draft). In search, set the domain filter to postsecondary and the change status filter to all.

    Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)

    • Nationally-normed survey of students’ exposure to good practices in undergraduate education.
    • Information about the project and the survey.
    • About the survey has pdf demonstration versions of the survey.
    • National results summaries.
    • CCSSE is designed for two-year institutions. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a similar project for four-year institutions.
    • Some institutions’ assessment sites include CCSSE reports.

    Conferences: Lists of National, Regional, and International Assessment Conferences, Institutes, and Workshops

    Consultants

    These individuals and groups offer consulting, workshops, etc. to help colleges & universities plan and implement outcomes assessment. Some also offer other services related to assessment. Many of them consult in other higher-education areas as well. This is just a list. It’s not exhaustive and it doesn’t imply a recommendation or evaluation.

    Grades as Outcomes Assessment

    Graduate Program Assessment

    Graduate Training in Outcomes Assessment

    Higher Education Resource Hub

    • For assessment resources, select Higher Education Assessment.

    Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)

    • A project of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA.
    • CIRP Surveys: Information about nationally-standardized student surveys.
      • CIRP Freshman Survey: profile of entering freshman class.
      • CSS College Senior Survey: follow up of CIRP cohorts.
      • YFCY Your First College Year

    Impact of Assessment

    • A bibliography of articles about program assessment that include results, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (pdf file).
      •  From Monica Stitt-Bergh’s original July 2013 ASSESS post Program Assessment Articles: Sharing and a Request: “[Published articles or conference papers with] examples of degree program assessment involving direct assessment of student learning…, preferably peer-reviewed, that include some direct assessment of an academic degree program, include at least one assessment result, and are not only a ‘how-to’ or not just ‘what-we-plan-to-do.’ Completed assessments are what I⬔d like to find.”
      • Some of the articles include descriptions of how assessment results informed program planning.
    • Engineering Change: ABET study of how EC2000 standards and assessment requirements affect Engineering programs and students (executive summary available as pdf file, full report purchasable).
    • ASSESS discussion-list threads on this topic (see the list archive):
      • October 2006 thread Resources on Impact of Assessment on Learning and Teaching, initiated by Sean McKitrick of Binghampton University.
      • August 2007 threads Outcomes to the Assessment Process? initiated by Ken Weiner at Montgomery College, and Assessment in Higher Education, contributed by Richard Hake.
      • April 2008 threads Evidence of Impact of Student Learning Assessment? and Evidence of Impact of Student Learning Assessment, initiated by Lois Myers.
      • September 2009 threads Assessment, Budgeting, & Strategic Planning and [Spam] Re: [ASSESS:] Assessment, Budgeting, & Strategic Planning, initiated by Erin Frew.
      • November 2009 thread 404: Learning Outcomes, initiated by David Eubanks, and David’s blog entry on the topic.
      • March 2010 thread Evidence-Based Studies of Learning Goals, initiated by Mindy McWilliams.

    Institutional Support for Outcomes Assessment

    International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA)

    • Not limited to higher education.

    K-12 Standards and College-Level Work

    • The Common Core State Standards
      • A project of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), in partnership with the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU).
      • Objectives include:
        • Aligning K-12 standards with college admission & placement requirements.
        • Preparing K-12 teachers to help students meet the standards.

    Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment

    League for Innovation in the Community College: 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project

    • Information about a multi-institution project to define and document student learning outcomes.
    • Links to participating institutions’ project websites and to other resources. The project is no longer active, but some of the institutions’ websites are still available.

    National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

    • General Principles of Assessment of Academic Advising
    • Implications for Assessment of Academic Advising (2011 National Survey Results)
    • Constructing Student Learning Outcomes in Academic Advising
    • Resources include:
      • Guidelines, handouts and materials (pdf files)
      • Institutional Examples

    National Assessment Governing Board

    • Information about the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). These are assessments of students in grades 4, 8, and 12, not of college students. Relevant to assessment in higher education as illustration of a current national model for assessing student learning.
    • The NAEP site has details about and reports from assessments in various subject areas.
    • The U.S. also participates in multinational comparisons of K-12 students’ performance in various areas, sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). Recent & upcoming study areas include reading literacy, computer & information literacy, knowledge of math & science, and civic & citizenship education.
    • The Learning Curve, from Pearson and The Economist Intelligence Unit, analyzes a range of internationally-comparable K-12-level data.

    National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU): Links to articles and other assessment resources.

    The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) site has information about publications and services for assessment and other higher-education areas.

    • Assessing Assessment: Successes, Failures, and the Future overviews the state of higher education outcomes assessment (this pdf file will open in a separate window). Presentation by Peter Ewell, NCHEMS vice-president, at the 2007 IUPUI Assessment Institute. Ewell’s chapter An emerging scholarship: A brief history of assessment has details and references (in Banta, T.W. & Assoc. [2002], Building a scholarship of assessment. Jossey-Bass).
    • NCHEMS’ Information Center provides state-by-state comparisons of data related to higher-education issues. Some are outcomes assessment data, most are not.

    The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) page at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies has papers, technical reports, and links to related sites. Some higher education material; mostly K-12.

    National Community College Benchmark Project

    • Participating institutions can compare outcomes results with those of other participants. The data are not available to non-participants.
    • The site includes:
      • A description of the project and the benchmarks used. Some of the benchmarks are outcomes assessment results, some are other institutional-research data.
      • A description of the reports prepared for participating institutions.
      • A list of participating institutions and information about enrolling in the project.

    National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

    • NILOA focuses on identifying & promoting effective assessment practices.
    • NILOA Resources include:
      • Viewpoints: Short articles from assessment experts.
      • Reports from surveys of college/university outcomes assessment practices.
      • Assessment briefs: Introductions for faculty, student affairs staff, etc.
      • Occasional papers by assessment experts.
      • A transparency framework for institutions’ assessment websites and online presentation of assessment information.
        • The framework in the field section of the Transparency Framework page and the regularly-changing featured website available from the home page illustrate good “transparency” practice.
      • A link to the Measuring Quality inventory of assessment instruments.
    • Information about the Degree Qualifications Profile.
    • The searcheable Resource Library includes links & bibliographies on a variety of assessment topics.

    National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC)

    • A project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
    • NPEC student outcomes projects focus on assessment policy, methods, coordination, and/or data use. pdf files of papers from some projects are available.
    • Definitions and assessment methods sourcebooks, for various general-education areas.

    National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

    Nationally Standardized Instruments

    New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability

    • The Alliance’s activities were suspended in summer 2013.
    • The documents Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability and Assuring Quality: An Institutional Self-Assessment Tool for Excellent Practice in Student Learning Outcomes Assessment are available from CHEA (pdf files).

    Online Discussion

    • Blogs about assessment
    • Discussion Lists
      • Subscribing to email discussion lists
        • Send an email message to the listserver for the list to which you want to subscribe. The message should say subscribe list-name your-first-name your-last-name (e.g.: subscribe assess John Smith) and have nothing in the Subject: line and no “signature” at the bottom.
        • After you’ve subscribed, send the one-word message help to get a list of commands you can use to suspend mail while you’re on vacation, unsubscribe from the list, etc.
      • ASSESS
        • From AALHE.
        • Topic: assessment in higher education.
        • Listserver: listserv@lsv.uky.edu (University of Kentucky).
        • The searchable archive also has online forms that you can use to join and post to the list.
      • EVALTALK
        • Topic: Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. Many threads relevant to outcomes assessment.
        • From the American Evaluation Association.
        • Lots of traffic. To avoid clogging your inbox, have your email program automatically put Evaltalk messages into a separate folder/mailbox.
        • The searcheable archive (hosted at the University of Alabama) has an online form you can use to join and post to the list. Note: The UA listserver will ask for a login; registration is available to the general public and is free.
      • Other lists of assessment-related discussion lists <!– Assessment in Higher Education’s page of discussion lists has information about other assessment-related lists. –>
        • The Higher Education Resource Hub’s list of assessment resources has information about other assessment-related lists (select Higher Education Assessment from the menu at the left side of the Hub’s home page and scroll down to Assessment Electronic Discussion Lists).
        • NILOA’s Resources include some assessment discussion lists.

    Portfolio Assessment

    Principles of Good Outcomes Assessment Practice 

    Program Review and Outcomes Assessment

    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see:
      • The May & July 2009 thread Combining Program Review and Assessment, initiated by Erin Frew.
      • The September 2010 thread Program Reviews – Are They Worth It? initiated by Catherine Wehlburg.
      • The October 2011 thread Program Review Cycles, initiated by Leah Adams-Curtis.

    Qualitative Data Analysis Methods and Tools

    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the:
      • September 2007 thread Qualitative Data Analysis Question, initiated by Mitzi Lewis. In October 2007, scroll down to the thread Qualitative Data Analysis Question – Summary for Mitzi’s summary of responses and some more discussion.
      • February 2010 thread Qualitative Software Reviews? initiated by Christopher Vinger.
      • September 2010 thread Question Regarding Qualitative Analysis, initiated by John Painter.
      • May 2012 thread Text Analysis Tools, initiated by Gavin Henning, the associated thread Text Analysis Tools, initiated by Lenny Shedletsky, and Gavin’s follow-up List of Text Analysis Tools.
      • July 2013 thread Seeking Recommendations on Qualitative Data Analysis Software, initiated by Jill Hirt.
    • Content-analysis.de’s annotated links to qualitative analysis software packages and other information about content-analysis methods.
    • See Crafton Hills College’s overview of Sampling for the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (pdf file).

    Quantitative Data Analysis Methods and Tools

    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see:
      • The February 2010 thread Inter-Rater Reliability, initiated by Erica Cavanaugh. It developed into extended discussions of (a) statistical methods for evaluating inter-rater reliability and (b) the pros & cons of statistical precision in higher education outcomes assessment.
      • The related March 2010 thread Centering and Rasch analysis, initiated by David Eubanks, which deals with several issues about using rubrics & analyzing rating-scale results.
      • The November 2010 thread Stats Packages Excel Add-ons, initiated by Kenneth Reaves.
      • The November & December 2010 thread Building Faculty Inter-Rater Reliability of Graduate School Candidate Admissions Ratings, initiated by Barbara Shepperson. It developed into a discussion of inter-rater reliability methods & issues. See Jeremy Penn’s November 30 post for a Powerpoint presentation overviewing methods for evaluating inter-rater reliability.
      • The July 2011 thread Inter-Rater Reliability, initiated by Daniel Mccollum.
      • The August 2011 thread Unequal Sample Size when Comparing Two Groups, initiated by Wenjun Chi. It developed into an comparison of parametric & nonparametric significance tests and a discussion of significance testing in general.
      • The November 2012 thread Logistical Questions Re: Institution-Wide Assessment of Gen Ed Outcomes, initiated by Laura Henderson, which deals with several issues about analyzing rating-scale results & using rubrics.
      • July 2013 thread Course Evaluation Inter-Rater Reliability, initiated by David Eubanks. The thread includes some general discussion of course-evaluation questionnaires.
      • November 2014 thread Item Response Theory Software, initiated by M. Brooke Robertshaw.
      • March 2015 thread Significance Tests in Assessment (Are they even appropriate?) initiated by Kimberly Faith
    • Context for Success papers discuss statistical & methodological issues in using enrollment, persistence, graduation rates, and employment data as measures of institution quality or effectiveness.
    • “Dashboard” display of assessment & accountability data
    • See Crafton Hills College’s overview of Sampling for the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (pdf file).
    • Setting performance targets / standards / expectations

    Software for Web Surveys

    • Association for Survey Computing: Register of Software for Statistical and Social Survey Analysis
      • Well-annotated, easy to use listings from a regularly-updated database. Not limited to products for Web-based surveying. Start with the list of features, then go to “Data Capture” and then to “Web Interviewing.” (Note: The Register has not been updated since 2006 but many of its entries are still useful.You can download the 2006 version from ASC’s website [pdf file]. See the list of web interviewing packages on p. 7; then get individual software vendors’ website addresses from the list that starts on p. 30.)
        • Adaptex Assessment System, from James Madison University.
        • AskAnywhere, from Senecio.
        • Asset (Academic Survey System and Evaluation Tool), from the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Seton Hall University.
        • Blue/Surveys, from Explorance.
        • Checkbox from Prezza Technologies has software for your own campus’ servers as well as a hosted version.
        • CoursEval, from ConnectEdu, is designed for course, faculty, and peer evaluations but can also be used for other small surveys.
        • EvalTools from Makteam Software.
        • EvaluationKIT.
        • LimeSurvey open-source survey application.
        • Qualtrics. Scroll down to the survey research suite for details.
        • PollCat. Free survey-creation, hosting, and summary reports for small surveys. There are fees for larger surveys, custom surveys, and detailed data.
        • SelectSurvey.NET, from ClassApps.
        • SmartEvals.
        • SurveyConnect.
        • SurveyDIG, from Runner Technologies.
        • SurveyMaker, from Griffith University.These software and survey-hosting services were not in the Register when last checked. (Some of these are from ASSESS posts by Renee Corbin at Western Carolina University and Lib Pruden at Union Institute.) This is just a list. It’s not exhaustive, it doesn’t include items in ASC’s Register or ACPA’s list, and it doesn’t imply a recommendation or evaluation.
        • SurveyTracker Plus Email/Web from Scantron handles online surveys as well as scannable forms.
        • TestPilot, from ClearLearning.
        • TK20’s CampusTools HigherEd and CampusWide have survey tools as part of a system to gather and organize assessment information.
        • Business-oriented survey tools.such as those from Mindshare Technologies may also be appropriate for educational institutions.
    • Also see Yahoo’s current links on the topic. Some of these are survey software, some are survey-hosting services.
    • Some threads in the ASSESS discussion list archive have users’ comments about web survey software or hosting services, or about using online surveys. See the:
      • December 2004 thread Question Web Survey Software, initiated by Ted Micceri.
      • October 2005 threads Online Survey Comparison Matrix and Online Survey Hosts, which include Gavin Henning’s Excel file of information and user comments (thanks for compiling this, Gavin!).
      • July 2007 threads Electronic Survey and Thanks, initiated by Elizabeth Pruden.
      • August 2007 threads Consultant for Online Survey and Consultant for Online Survey: Listserv Feedback Compiled, initiated by Brian Bogert.
      • April 2011 threads Survey Software that Allows You to Store Your Own Data, initiated by Pat Williams, and Survey Software, initiated by Lea Campbell.
      • May 2011 thread Online Survey Policies, initiated by Kim Black.
      • October 2011 post Survey Policies & Guidelines, from Betty Harper. The attached Word document has links to & information about college/universities’ policies for large (web or non-web) surveys.
      • September 2014 thread Alternatives to SurveyMonkey, initiated by Denise Bell.
      • May 2016 thread “Survey Software” (5-13-16, Nicole Tomasello)
    • Some online articles about Web-based surveying
    • In the ASSESS discussion list archive, see the:
      • September 2010 threads Quick Poll: Typical Responses Rates to Web-Based Surveys, initiated by Gavin Henning, and Achieving High Online Survey Rates of Completion, initiated by Timothy Metz.
      • February 2011 thread Just Sharing Something Fun… initiated by Zaneeta Davers, a discussion of getting students to take online surveys.
        • October 2012 thread Incentives for Student Participation in NSSE, initiated by Pat Williams. (Not limited to online surveys or to NSSE, this thread is a general discussion of using incentives to improve completion rates.)

    SHEEO: State Higher Education Executive Officers

    State-by-State Reports on Accreditation, Assessment, and Higher Education

     

      • Measuring Up “report card”
        • From the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Scoring categories include preparation for and participation in higher education, afforadbility, completion, benefits, and student learning. All states received “grades” of Incomplete for student learning; current data did not allow meaningful state-by-state comparisons.
        • Executive summary (pdf file) plus individual state reports.
        • Reported biannually from 2000 through 2008.
      • NILOA report: Connecting State Policies on Assessment with Institutional Assessment Activity.
      • Ready to Assemble: About states’ higher education accountability systems
        • What information do states collect on their higher education institutions, and how do they use that information for institutional improvement?
        • Interactive map and individual state & scoring-category summaries, plus (pdf files) executive summary & individual reports.
        • From Education Sector.

      State and Regional Assessment Organizations

      • Arkansas Association for the Assessment of Collegiate Learning (AAACL)
        • About AAACL.
        • Links to member institutions’ home pages.
        • Listserv.
        • Information about & from AAACL assessment workshops (presentations are mht files which require Internet Explorer; the registration form for the latest workshop is an Excel file).
        • Resources
          • Newsletter (pdf file).
          • Previous Conference (AAACL workshop) presentations
            • Spring 2008 (presentations are mht files which require Internet Explorer; the participant list is an Excel file).
            • Spring 2009 (Powerpoint & pdf files, Word documents).
      • Assessment Network of New York (ANNY)
        • About ANNY and network membership.
        • Materials from ANNY conferences & events (pdf & Powerpoint files).
        • Member resources, including a newsletter and links to other assessment resources, are restricted to ANNY members.
      • California Community Colleges Student Learning Outcome Coordinators
        • A community in the CCC Research & Planning Group.
        • Listserv for CCC SLO coordinators.
        • POWER awards for achievements in outcomes assessment and research in learner-centered teaching.
        • Links to other assessment resources (pdf files, Word documents).
      • Chicago Area Assessment Group (CAAG)
        • About CAAG.
        • Contact information and upcoming meetings.
      • Missouri Assessment Consortium
        • Information about MAC.
        • Guiding principles and assessment handbook.
        • Links to Missouri institutions’ assessment websites.
      • New England Educational Assessment Network
      • New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association
        • Information about NMHEAA and statewide assessment conferences.
      • Virginia Assessment Group
        • About VAG.
        • Conferences, workshops, and session handouts (pdf, Powerpoint, and Word files).
        • Assessment-related employment notices from Virginia colleges & universities.
        • Online journal, Research & Practice in Assessment (RPA).
        • Links to other assessment resources. The list on the left has materials from VAG conferences & workshops (pdf, Powerpoint, and Word files).
      • Washington Area Student Learning Assessment Network (WASLAN)
        • About WASLAN, and contact information.
        • WASLAN member institutions.

      Student Motivation for Assessment

      • In the ASSESS discussion list archive, see the January 2014 threads Capstone Requirements and Motivation for Assessment (was Capsone Requirements), initiated by Catherine Wehlburg.
      • The Student Opinion Scale (pdf files)
        • Self-report scale of test-takers’ motivation, to help inform interpretation of assessment results.
        • From James Madison University’s Center for Assessment & Research Studies (CARS).

      The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report (pdf files)

       Tools to Help Organize Assessment Information

        • ASSESS discussion-list threads on users’ experience with assessment management software (see the list archive)
          • February 2006 thread Assessment Tracking Systems, initiated by David Kale.
          • August 2006 thread Assessment Reporting Software, initiated by Margie Hobbs. Margie’s summary in the associated thread Assessment Management Software includes a Word document with information from a number of vendors (thanks, Margie).
          • July 2008 thread Assessment Management Systems, initiated by Janine Vienna. Steve RiCharde’s July 11 posts include a draft chapter on things to consider when selecting assessment management software (Word document) and a partial list of vendors (Excel file) — thanks, Steve.
          • February 2012 thread Assessment Data Management System, initiated by Teresa Rothrock.
          • August 2012 thread Question About Assessment Software, initiated by Lisa Woodward.
          • October 2012 thread Assessment Systems, initiated by Michelle Todd, and the associated thread Re: Assessment Systems (Attachment) with an Excel file of information on various vendors’ systems, from Susan DeMatteo (thanks, Susan).
          • April 2013 thread Seeking Assessment Management System (AMS) Feedback, initiated by Susan DeMatteo.
          • April 2013 thread Curriculum Outcomes Mapping Software, initiated by Larry Peterson.
          • April 2013 thread LiveText, initiated by Kim Black, and the associated threads Kim Black – Adopting LiveText, initiated by Steven McDonald and LiveText (for Kim Black), initiated by Denise Moseley.
          • December 2013 thread Software to Store and Analyze Student Learning Outcomes and Progress in Institutional Goals? initiated by Susan Hayes.
          • December 2013 thread Assessment Support Software, initiated by Dan McCollum.
          • June 2014 thread Separate Systems for Strategic Plan Assessment and Institutional Assessment? initiated by Susan Hayes.
          • June 2014 thread Software for Assessment Reporting AND Faculty Activity Reporting? initiated by Donna Vinton.
          • September 2014 thread Assessment Software, initiated by Lisa Cota. Also see the associated thread Lisa Cota Request, initiated by Bobby Matthews.
          • November 2014 thread Feedback Requested on the Assessment Software Weave/Performance Cloud, initiated by Kimberly Gargiulo.
        • This is just a list. It’s not exhaustive and inclusion doesn’t imply a recommendation or evaluation.
        • AEFIS (Academic Evaluation, Feedback and Intervention System) assessment management software. Developed at Drexel University for ABET self-studies, but flexible enough for other course-based assessment processes.
        • AMEE (Assessment Made Easy Everyday), from Midwest Social Science Research Associates (MSSRA).
        • aPlus+, from Cobek, for organizing & summarizing assignment details & grades.
        • Better Assessment organizes & manages faculty assessments of students’ written material.
        • Blackboard’s Learn Platform includes tools for for assessment processes, information, and reports. Integrated with tools for course information, surveys, document and portfolio management, and user-community interaction.
        • CampusLabs
          • Baseline management system for survey & rubric-based assessments.
            • Select Products, then Baseline.
            • This was formerly StudentVoice.
          • Compliance Assist manages assessment data as well as other information for accreditation, planning, and program review reports.
        • CurricUNET’s curriculum management system includes an assessment module.
        • Digication’s Assessment Management System for collecting and managing assessment information includes portfolio, rubric, and reporting tools.
        • eLumen Achievement database for assessment processes, rubrics, results, and reports.
        • ExamSoft’s tools create, administer, & score exams and other assignments, and include rubric-based scoring, student feedback, and reports for course, program, or institutional learning outcomes.
        • FASI-Online assessment documentation system.
        • iSocrates system for rubric-based grading and student feedback on individual assignments. For program or cross-program assessment, data can be exported to spreadsheets or class management systems for aggregation. Registered users can share rubrics they’ve generated for specific tasks or assignments.
        • LiveText Accreditation Management System for collecting data and organizing outcomes, rubrics, results, etc.
        • Maple T.A. from Maplesoft, for creating, presenting, grading, & organizing results from mathematics/science assignments & exams, can also be used for non-math/science courses.
        • Mentor, from Axiom Education.
        • OATS (Online Assessment Tracking System) from Georgia Institute of Technology’s Office of Assessment. OATS is available for download by other institutions.
        • openIGOR: A free Linux-based open-source program to manage information about program outcomes and assessment-related documents. From David Eubanks, now at Eckerd College.
        • PASS-PORT, from Innovative Learning Assessment Technologies. Includes versions specialized for business program, nursing program, and teacher-education program accreditation management.
        • rGrade, from Educational Informatics.
        • RXoutcome, for pharmacy programs, also includes portfolio tools.
        • Strategic Planning Online includes an assessment-management component.
        • TaskStream’s tools to organize, review, & summarize assessment information, and for assignment & e-portfolio assessment.
        • ThinkTank facilitates collaboration and can record and store information from assessment group meetings.
        • TK20’s CampusTools HigherEd and CampusWide include tools for electronic portfolios and online surveys.
        • TracDat tracks assessment processes & information and produces reports. From Nuventive.
        • WEAVEonline tracks assessment processes & information and produces reports.
          • Weave Technology’s PerformanceCloud integrates institutional research, institutional effectiveness, outcomes assessment, strategic planning, & accreditation processes.
    • WIDS (Worldwide Instructional Design System) curriculum-design software includes tools to monitor outcomes and associated rubrics and results. Select Products, then Read more….
    • The Programs module of Xitracs’ accreditation compliance tool includes assessment management.
    • TRIADS: Assessment of Learning Outcomes
      • TRIpartate Assessment Delivery System: A joint project of the University of Liverpool, the University of Derby, and the Open University.
      • TRIADS Engine: Authorware for developing online assessments.
      • Sample learning outcomes (for earth science programs).
      • TRIADS activities and implementations.

      Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA)

      • Project to develop VSA-like definitions and reporting templates for community colleges.
      • See About VFA for the project’s history and information about VFA’s measures (pdf files).
      • A joint project of AACC, ACCT, and the College Board.

       Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)

      • College Portrait: Definitions and web-reporting template for college/university characteristics including retention & progress rates, general-education learning outcomes, and student experiences and engagement.
        • Innovations include reporting cross-institutional retention/progress, based on National Student Clearinghouse data, and common reporting formats for results from specific sets of standardized tests and surveys.
        • Individual institutions’ data (pdf files) are available at the College Portrait site. Search for Colleges by name or state.
      • A joint project of AASCU and APLU. Currently, only member institutions may participate.
      • NILOA⬔s report Transparency & Accountability: An Evaluation of the VSA College Portrait Pilot focuses on the student-learning outcomes assessment component. It summarizes how viewers use the College Portrait and how institutions see its utility, and makes recommendations for future versions (pdf file).

      What Outcomes Assessment Misses

      • From the TLT Group, so it focuses on assessment about technology — but the general points apply to any assessment project.

     


Assessment "Handbooks"

How to develop and implement a campus or departmental assessment process


Assessment of Specific Skills or Content

American Library Association
Selected Outcomes Assessment Resources:
This is the site for the oldest and largest library association in the world. It has information regarding Library and Information Studies programmatic accreditation.

http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=alapubawrds&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=156252

Many of the individual institutions assessment-related pages (below) include discipline-specific assessment plans. Also see the examples by specific disciplines in lists of assessment resources from the College of Wooster, Florida Atlantic UniversityIndiana University-Purdue University Fort WayneKutztown University, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), St. Cloud State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, the University at Albany, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. (You may need to scroll down on some of these pages to get to the resources by discipline.) Also see the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s (UK) benchmark statements of outcomes & competencies in various areas (select assuring standards and quality, then subject guidance).

In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the February-March 2014 thread What Should Students Know? initiated by Neil Patel.

Nationally-Standardized Assessments of Undergraduate Majors

Assessing General Education Knowledge and Skill Areas

    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the:
      • February 1999 thread General Education Assessment, initiated by Jeanne Osborn.
      • October 2009 thread Assessing Gen Ed, initiated by Joy Milano.
      • January 2011 thread Assessment of Higher Order Thinking, initiated by David Eubanks.
      • July 2012 thread Assessing Teamwork, initiated by Larry King.
      • July 2012 thread Finding Artifacts for Assessment for Various Gen. Ed. Outcomes, initiated by William Knight.
      • September 2012 thread Assessing Ethics initiated, by Susan Warner.
      • October 2012 thread Critical Thinking, Analytical Reasoning, & Problem Solving, initiated by Teresa Rothrock.
      • December 2012 thread Assessing Oral Communication, initiated by Susan Warner.
      • December 2012 thread Evaluating Ethics and Diversity in Engineering Classes, initiated by Suzanne Weinstein.
      • February 2013 thread Quantitative Literacy, initiated by Michele Dornisch.
      • April 2013 thread Assessment of Group Work, initiated by Linda Pursley.
      • May 2013 thread Oral Communication – Seeking Methodology, initiated by Carrie Nepstad.
      • September 2013 thread General Education Organized Around Outcomes, initiated by Stephen Jones.
      • September-October 2013 thread Challenges with Course-Embedded Assessment, initiated by Mary Kay Fleming.
      • December 2013 thread Help with Prompt/Task Development for Critical Thinking Rubric, initiated by Barbara Rodriguez.
      • March 2014 thread Course-Embedded Assessment of Quantitative Literacy, initiated by Mary Kay Fleming.
      • July 2014 thread Course-Embedded General Education Assessment, initiated by Kathryne McConnell.
      • July 2014 thread Assessing GE Programs, initiated by Janice Kempster.
      • January 2015 Civic Collaboration and Engagement initiated by Kathleen Gorski.
      • February 2015 Establishing Performance Target Percents initiated by Janice Kempster.
      • February 2015 Colorado Regional Assessment Council initiated by Catherine Trouth (catherine.trouth@ccaurora.edu).
      • March 2015 thread Assessment instruments for Ethical Reasoning, Global Learning and Team Work initiated by Karman Wheeler.
      • March 2015 thread GenEd Assessment initiated by Kenneth Reaves
      • August 2015 thread Writing Assessment Instrument initiated by Justin Horton.
      • August 2015 thread General Education Curriculum initiated by Michelle Rogers.
      • November 2015 thread Assessing Ethical Reasoning, initiated by Mary Kay Fleming.
      • February 2016 thread Looking for instruments/ideas for ethical reasoning initiated by Karla Sanders.
      • April 2016 thread Assessment and Accountability in General Education Query, initiated by Katherine Cermak.
        • Note-Cermak’s 5-3-16 post in this thread summarizes the responses she received.
      • “Assessment and Accountability in General Education Query” (4-28-16, Katherine Cermak). Note: Cermak’s 5-3-16 post in this thread summarizes the responses received.
    • Note: some of the resources listed below mention ETS’s Academic Profile. See ETS’s site for information about the AP’s replacement, the Proficiency Profile (previously called the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress, or MAPP).
    • Examples of rubrics for general education outcomes.
    • AAC&U report on a 2008-09 survey of member institutions’ general education assessment practices (pdf files). Part 1 focuses on common learning outcomes for all an institution’s undergraduates and methods used to assess  those outcomes. Part 2 focuses on the structure of the institutions’ general education programs.
    • AALE’s standards for accreditation of liberal-arts institutions and programs.
    • CAS learning & developmental outcomes.
    • Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT), from Tennessee Tech’s Center for Assessment and Improvement of Learning.
    • Critical thinking assignments tool kit, from Salt Lake Community College.
    • An annotated list of critical thinking tests from CriticalThinking.net.
    • Assessment resources from the College of Wooster and Florida Atlantic University.
    • Assessment of Gen Ed Science Requirements.
      • 2002 ASSESS discussion-list post from Linda Suskie (then at Towson University).
      • Click [text/html] at the bottom of the page for a word wrapped version.
      • The links are not “live” — you must cut-&-paste them into your browser.
    • Assessment of Writing, published by AIR. Part of AIR’s series on assessment in the disciplines.
      • Also see interdisciplinary studies, below.
    • California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST), from Insight Assessment.
    • College BASE (College Basic Academic Subjects Examination), from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Assessment Resource Center.
    • Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) from ACT.
    • Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and the Community College Learning Assessment (CCLA).
    • Comparing CAAP, CLA, & Proficiency Profile/MAPP: In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the February 2009 thread CAAP, MAPP, CLA Comparo? initiated by Erin Frew.
    • Council of Writing Program Administrators
      • Outcomes for first-year writing.
      • Resources include “best practice” examples and a white paper on writing assessment.
    • Diversity
      • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the December 2011 thread Assessing a Culture of Inclusiveness (of Diversity), initiated by Christina Leimer.

Experiential Learning (Outside the Academic Environment)

SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator

  • Evaluate skills, knowledge, & characteristics associated with success in online learning.
  • Previously known as READI (Readiness for Education at a Distance Indicator).
  • From SmarterServices.

Study Abroad

  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the January 2012 thread Assessment in Study Abroad, initiated by William Knight. Online resources mentioned in this thread include:
    • The Forum on Education Abroad’s resources with reviews of research on assessment, a guide to outcomes assessment that is available for purchase (click the publications link), and other assessment resources available to Forum members in the standards toolbox.
    • The Center for Global Education’s searchable annotated bibliographies include references & abstracts of assessment research. (Search for entries with outcomes in their titles.)

Arts/Creative Disciplines

Business/Management

Chemistry

Criminal Justice

Engineering

    • Assessment in Engineering Programs: Evolving Best Practices, published jointly by AIR and ASEE. Part of AIR’s series on assessment in the disciplines.
    • ABET’s Assessment Planning resources.

Health Sciences

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Languages

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
    • Under Assessment & PD, select Certified Proficiency Testing Program for information about ACTFL’s programs for testing language competencies.
    • Under Publications, see the Proficiency Guidelines, the Performance Descriptors, and The Keys to Assessing Language Performance for information about ACFTL’s competency standards.
  • Information about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
    • For comparing language-competency standards across national education systems.
    • From the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Education.

Literature

Medicine

  • The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) MedAPS (Medical Academic Performance Services) initiative includes:
    • An accreditation standards self-evaluation tool (ASSET) and a curriculum inventory which will include outcomes and curriculum maps.

Philosophy

Political Science

  • Resources from the American Political Science Association.
    • Includes examples from individual Political Science departments.
    • The book Assessment in Political Science can be purchased from the Association’s website.

Psychology

Sociology

STEM Disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)

Teacher Education

  • EBI’s surveys for assessing teacher education programs.
  • edTPA, from Stanford University’s Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
  • ETS’s PRAXIS exams.
  • TEDS-M was an international study of teacher education in mathematics, from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) consortium of universities.

Technology-Assisted Teaching & Learning

  • Technology assessment resources, from NC State University, has annotated links to other resources on assessing the impact of technology on student learning.

Workplace Readiness

 

 

Many of the individual institutions assessment-related pages (below) include discipline-specific assessment plans. Also see the examples by specific disciplines in lists of assessment resources from the College of Wooster, Florida Atlantic UniversityIndiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Kutztown University, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), St. Cloud State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, the University at Albany, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. (You may need to scroll down on some of these pages to get to the resources by discipline.) Also see the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s (UK) benchmark statements of outcomes & competencies in various areas (select assuring standards and quality, then subject guidance).

In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the February-March 2014 thread What Should Students Know?, initiated by Neil Patel.

Nationally-Standardized Assessments of Undergraduate Majors

Assessing General Education Knowledge and Skill Areas

    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the:
      • February 1999 thread General Education Assessment, initiated by Jeanne Osborn.
      • October 2009 thread Assessing Gen Ed, initiated by Joy Milano.
      • January 2011 thread Assessment of Higher Order Thinking, initiated by David Eubanks.
      • July 2012 thread Assessing Teamwork, initiated by Larry King.
      • July 2012 thread Finding Artifacts for Assessment for Various Gen. Ed. Outcomes, initiated by William Knight.
      • September 2012 thread Assessing Ethics, initiated by Susan Warner.
      • October 2012 thread Critical Thinking, Analytical Reasoning, & Problem Solving, initiated by Teresa Rothrock.
      • December 2012 thread Assessing Oral Communication, initiated by Susan Warner.
      • December 2012 thread Evaluating Ethics and Diversity in Engineering Classes, initiated by Suzanne Weinstein.
      • February 2013 thread Quantitative Literacy, initiated by Michele Dornisch.
      • April 2013 thread Assessment of Goup Work, initiated by Linda Pursley.
      • May 2013 thread Oral Communication – Seeking Methodology, initiated by Carrie Nepstad.
      • September 2013 thread General Education Organized Around Outcomes, initiated by Stephen Jones.
      • September-October 2013 thread Challenges with Course-Embedded Assessment, initiated by Mary Kay Fleming.
      • December 2013 thread Help with Prompt/Task Development for Critical Thinking Rubric, initiated by Barbara Rodriguez.
      • March 2014 thread Course-Embedded Assessment of Quantitative Literacy, initiated by Mary Kay Fleming.
      • July 2014 thread Course-Embedded General Education Assessment, initiated by Kathryne McConnell.
      • July 2014 thread Assessing GE Programs, initiated by Janice Kempster.
    • Note: some of the resources listed below mention ETS’s Academic Profile. See ETS’s site for information about the AP’s replacement, the Proficiency Profile (previously called the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress, or MAPP).
    • Examples of rubrics for general education outcomes.
    • AAC&U report on a 2008-09 survey of member institutions’ general education assessment practices (pdf files). Part 1 focuses on common learning outcomes for all an institution’s undergraduates and methods used to assess  those outcomes. Part 2 focuses on the structure of the institutions’ general education programs.
    • AALE’s standards for accreditation of liberal-arts institutions and programs.
    • CAS learning & developmental outcomes.
    • Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT), from Tennessee Tech’s Center for Assessment and Improvement of Learning.
    • Critical thinking assignments toolkit, from Salt Lake Community College.
    • An annotated list of critical thinking tests from CriticalThinking.net.
    • Assessment resources from the College of Wooster and Florida Atlantic University.
    • Assessment of Gen Ed Science Requirements.
      • 2002 ASSESS discussion-list post from Linda Suskie (then at Towson University).
      • Click [text/html] at the bottom of the page for a wordwrapped version.
      • The links are not “live” — you must cut-&-paste them into your browser.
    • Assessment of Writing, published by AIR. Part of AIR’s series on assessment in the disciplines.
      • Also see interdisciplinary studies, below.
    • California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST), from Insight Assessment.
    • College BASE (College Basic Academic Subjects Examination), from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Assessment Resource Center.
    • Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) from ACT.
    • Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and the Community College Learning Assessment (CCLA).
    • Comparing CAAP, CLA, & Proficiency Profile/MAPP: In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the February 2009 thread CAAP, MAPP, CLA Comparo? initiated by Erin Frew.
    • Council of Writing Program Administrators
      • Outcomes for first-year writing.
      • Resources include “best practice” examples and a white paper on writing assessment.
    • Diversity
      • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the December 2011 thread Assessing a Culture of Inclusiveness (of Diversity), initiated by Christina Leimer.

 

Experiential Learning (Outside the Academic Environment)

SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator

  • Evaluate skills, knowledge, & characteristics associated with success in online learning.
  • Previously known as READI (Readiness for Education at a Distance Indicator).
  • From SmarterServices.

Study Abroad

  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the January 2012 thread Assessment in Study Abroad, initiated by William Knight. Online resources mentioned in this thread include:
    • The Forum on Education Abroad’s resources with reviews of research on assessment, a guide to outcomes assessment that is available for purchase (click the publications link), and other assessment resources available to Forum members in the standards toolbox.
    • The Center for Global Education’s searchable annotated bibliographies include references & abstracts of assessment research. (Search for entries with outcomes in their titles.)

Arts/Creative Disciplines

Business/Management

Chemistry

Criminal Justice

Engineering

    • Assessment in Engineering Programs: Evolving Best Practices, published jointly by AIR and ASEE. Part of AIR’s series on assessment in the disciplines.
    • ABET’s Assessment Planning resources.

Health Sciences

  • EBI’s surveys for assessing nursing programs.

History

Information Literacy: See General Education, above.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Languages

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
    • Under Assessment & PD, select Certified Proficiency Testing Program for information about ACTFL’s programs for testing language competencies.
    • Under Publications, see the Proficiency Guidelines, the Performance Descriptors, and The Keys to Assessing Language Performance for information about ACFTL’s competency standards.
  • Information about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
    • For comparing language-competency standards across national education systems.
    • From the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Education.

Literature

Mathematics: See STEM Disciplines, below.

Medicine

  • The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) MedAPS (Medical Academic Performance Services) initiative includes:
    • An accreditation standards self-evaluation tool (ASSET) and a curriculum inventory which will include outcomes and curriculum maps.

Philosophy

Political Science

  • Resources from the American Political Science Association.
    • Includes examples from individual Political Science departments.
    • The book Assessment in Political Science can be purchased from the Association’s website.

Psychology

Religious Education

Sociology

STEM Disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)

  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the
    • October 2009 thread Assessing Gen Ed Science Outcome, initiated by Jill Hirt.
    • September 2015 thread Assessment of Math Learning Center, initiated by Min Su.
    • October 2015 thread Public Speaking Rubric, initiated by Margot Saltonstall.
    • October 2015 thread STEM non-cog assessment, initiated by Jessica Jacovidis.
    • October 2015 thread STEM non-cog assessment, initiated by Elizabeth Whiteman.
  • Assessment of Student Learning in College Mathematics: Towards Improved Programs and Courses, published jointly by AIR and MAA. Part of AIR’s series on assessment in the disciplines.
  • Assessment in Mathematics Teaching
    • Focus is K-12 but some information, methods, references/links are appropriate for college-level courses.
    • From The Math Forum at Drexel University.
  • Assessment Practices in Undergraduate Mathematics
    • Examples & guidelines for assessment of student learning, from the Mathematical Association of America (pdf file).
    • The companion volume Supporting Assessment in Undergraduate Mathematics is also available as a pdf file. (The earlier description of this book available here has an incorrect link for the pdf file.)
  • Concept Inventories for STEM Disciplines
  • See Engineering, above.
  • Evaluating and Improving Undergraduate Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Literature review from the National Research Council’s Committee on Recognizing, Evaluating, Rewarding, and Developing Excellence in Teaching of Undergraduate Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology.
    • Available for purchase, pdf download, or to read online (see Read).
  • A Field-Tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG) for Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology Faculty.
  • Quantitative reasoning and scientific reasoning tests from Madison Assessment.
  • Rubrics for Scientific Reasoning &/or Scientific Literacy
  • STEM-related surveys and assessment tools
    • Harvard University’s PEAR (Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency)

Teacher Education

  • EBI’s surveys for assessing teacher education programs.
  • edTPA, from Stanford University’s Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
  • ETS’s PRAXIS exams.
  • TEDS-M was an international study of teacher education in mathematics, from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) consortium of universities.

Technology-Assisted Teaching & Learning

  • Technology Assessment Resources, from NC State University, has annotated links to other resources on assessing the impact of technology on student learning.

Workplace Readiness

Post-Collegiate Outcomes

 


Individual Institutions' Assessment-Related Pages

Note: NILOA's reports Exploring the landscape: What institutional websites reveal about learning outcomes assessment activities and Making Student Learning Evidence Transparent: The State of the Art indicate that assessment websites may be hard to find from an institution's home page and may not give a full picture of its assessment activities (pdf files).

Alabama A&M University

Alabama A&M University Assessment Resources

Assessment Report Checklists 

2015 Annual Assessment Workshop Power Point Presentations:

2015 Annual Assessment Report Templates:

Administrative Units Required to Submit An Annual Assessment Report:

Contact: dianne.bozeman@aamu.edu

Alabama State University

Alabama State University: Office of Academic Planning and Evaluation

    • The WEAVE manual includes tips & guidelines for planning & implementing assessment processes for both academic and administrative/support units (pdf files).
      • WEAVEonline access is restricted to ASU faculty & staff.
    • The feedback report is an evaluation rubric for units’ assessment plans (Word document).

Alamance Community College (North Carolina)

Alamance Community College (North Carolina)

  • Overview and (pdf file) timeline for outcomes assessment.
  • Institutional effectiveness manual (handbook, pdf file).
  • Instructions for using WEAVEonline (pdf file; WEAVE access is restricted to ACC faculty & staff).
  • NILOA occasional paper on outcomes assessment in community colleges (pdf file).
  • Links to other assessment resources (this page).
  • Information about periodic program review (pdf files).

Albion College (Michigan)

Albion College (Michigan)

  • Information from the assessment committee: Reporting templates for assessment plans & plan updates (Word documents).
    • The assessment home page describes the committee’s responsibilities.
  • Information about assessment mini-grants.
  • Assessment plans & reports from individual academic and academic support units (Word documents).

Alverno College (Wisconsin)

Alverno College: Educational Research and Evaluation (Wisconsin)

  • Learning outcomes studies: Information about
    • Institutional and program assessment at Alverno.
      • Student assessment as learning: Overview, and information about Alverno’s:
        • Assessment Essentials: definitions, principles, difference between student-assessment-as-learning and institution/program assessment.
        • Self-assessment, including comments from students, external assessors, and faculty and information about Alverno’s diagnostic digital portfolio (the DDP itself is restricted to Alverno students, faculty, & staff).
        • Related publications and workshops.
      • Program assessment: Overview of program assessment at Alverno, and details about assessment in the School of Education.
    • The college’s community of inquiry.
      • Alverno’s (general education) core abilities and ability-based curriculum.
    • Information about Alverno’s research, publications and workshops on assessment.
  • FAQ.
  • Links to other assessment resources.

American Public University System (West Virginia)

American Public University System

  • Overview of assessment at APUS.
  • FAQ.
  • Initiatives: About APUS’ involvement in Transparency by Design and HLC’s Assessment Academy.
  • Resources:
    • Information about curricular maps (Word document) and rubrics for assessing writing
    • A glossary of assessment terms.
    • Links to other assessment resources (this page).
  • Summary reports from standardized exams.
  • Information for students about APUS’ outcomes assessment process.

American University (Washington, DC)

American University (Washington, DC)

  • About assessment at AU.
  • Assessment reporting template and a rubric for evaluating assessment plans (pdf files).
  • Information about on-campus workshops.
  • Institutional assessment
    • AU assessment plan (pdf file).
    • Institutional research data & links.
    • Information about surveys used at AU, including (pdf file) NSSE results.
  • Program assessment plans (pdf files).
    • Individual academic departments.
    • General education program.
    • Best practice examples from AU departments.
    • Brief guidelines for program’s assessment plans.
  • Resources
    • Information about on-campus workshops.
    • Links to other assessment resources.Anderson University (Indiana)
  • Assessment plans and reports for some academic majors (pdf files).
  • Documents: Guides for preparing assessment plans and reports (pdf files).
  • Still to come: Liberal arts (general education) assessment plans & reports.

Andrews University (Michigan)

Andrews University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness (Michigan)

  • About Andrews’ senior survey and exit tests.
  • Assessment highlights include NSSE and Proficiency Profile results (pdf file).
  • Learning outcomes for some individual academic programs.
  • Resources include
    • Andrews’ assessment philosophy, policies, and general process (pdf files).
    • Guidelines for assessment processes (pdf files).
    • Links to other assessment resources.
    • Access to WEAVEonline (restricted to Andrews faculty & staff).
  • Information about periodic academic program review (completed reviews are pdf files).

Angelina College (Texas)

Angelina College: Office of Institutional Effectiveness (Texas)

  • The institutional effectiveness (IE) model & planning guidelines (pdf files) and reporting calendar include outcomes assessment steps.
  • Reporting form for program outcomes assessment (pdf file).
  • The template & instructions for core course syllabi includes instructions for core (general education) and program outcomes (pdf files).
  • Rubrics for core outcomes (pdf files).
  • Guidelines & request form for program-level surveys (pdf files).
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Minnesota)

Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Minnesota)

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is committed to having strong programs. Assessment of student learning is a critical part of our strategy to maintain and improve programs at the college.

The assessment of student learning is a comprehensive program to evaluate student learning with respect to learning goals, with the ultimate aim of improving student learning and strengthening learning programs. The process of assessment is relatively simple:

  • determining goals for student learning for each program
  • assessing how and what students are learning within their programs
  • implementing changes in programs in light of the assessment results

A successful assessment program requires the participation of all who are interested in the quality of our educational programs, including students, faculty, college administrators, and members of the public.

 

Appalachian State University (North Carolina)

Appalachian State University: Institutional Research, Assessment, & Planning (North Carolina)

  • Overview of assessment at ASU.
  • About assessment FAQ.
  • More FAQs.
  • Assessment handbook (pdf file).
  • Information about standardized instruments used at ASU.
  • Potential assessment data: Results (pdf & Excel files) from surveys of students, including NSSE.
  • Information from & about the assessment council (calendars & minutes are pdf files).
  • Access to TracDat is restricted to ASU faculty & staff.
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Arapahoe Community College (Colorado)

Arapahoe Community College (Colorado)

  • Overview of assessment at ACC, including ACC’s general education learning outcomes.
  • Assessment of student learning at the program level
    • Guidelines, worksheets, & reporting templates (pdf & Excel files, Word document).
    • The general education learning outcomes.
    • Assessment committee minutes (pdf files).
    • Individual academic programs’ assessment plans & reports (pdf files).
    • ACC best practices examples (pdf file).
    • Instructions for the TK20 assessment management system (Tk20 access is restricted to ACC faculty & staff).
  • Assessment of process for administrative & educational support units: Assessment plans from individual AES units (pdf files).
  • Assessment presentation (Powerpoint file).
  • The Institutional Research site includes results from student surveys (pdf files).

Arizona State University

Arizona State University: University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness

  • Assessment: Guidelines for developing & implementing assessment processes.
  • Surveys: Information about surveys of students and alumni.
  • Information for students about the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and ETS’s Proficiency Profile.

Arizona Western College

Arizona Western College: Office of Assessment, Program Review, Curriculum and Articulation Assessment, TK20, and more

    • Powerpoint presentation about assessment at AWC.
    • Newsletter (pdf files).
    • The TK20 assessment management system is restricted to AWC faculty & staff.
  • General education assessment policy and outcomes.
  • About student learning outcomes.
    • Reporting calendar.
    • Links to other assessment resources.
  • Information about periodic program review (pdf & Excel files).
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University

The Office of Student Learning Outcomes engages students, faculty, administration, alumni, and community stakeholders in a culture of assessment of student learning outcomes at Arkansas State University.

We strive to systematically collect, review and use information about academic programs to improve student learning and to demonstrate that students are achieving the desired learning outcomes consistent with the objectives of the academic program or unit.

  • Assessment is not a review of faculty performance, but rather ongoing measurement of student learning outcomes. Systematic assessment of student learning outcomes enables faculty to address pedagogical and practical issues consistent with individual faculty members’ unique approaches.
  • Assessment focuses on evaluating student achievement of expected learning outcomes based on achieving the strategic goals and objective as identified by the university, individual colleges, departments or other specified units.
  • Assessment seeks to assist faculty in understanding and improving student learning.
  • Assessment assists the university with sustaining and enhancing academic quality and the student educational experience.
  • Assessment is systematic and ongoing.

Office of Assessment

http://www.astate.edu/a/assessment/files/Syllabi+Model+for+non-gen+ed+undergrad+course+.pdf

  • Graduate Course

http://www.astate.edu/a/assessment/files/Syllabi+Model+for+graduate+course+.pdf

Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University: Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

  • FAQs about assessment, for faculty & department heads and for non-academic & support staff.
  • Continuous improvement plan, process, and reporting & evaluation forms (pdf & Powerpoint files).
  • Tips & guidelines (pdf files).
  • Reporting form for course, program, and general education assessment (CPGE, pdf file).
  • Information from & about the general education committee (pdf files):
    • Learning goals.
    • CPGE reporting form & example.
    • Program evaluation rubric.
    • Committee minutes.
  • Archived documents include assessment committee minutes and HLC accreditation information (pdf files).
  • Results from some older assessment projects (pdf, Powerpoint, & Excel files; internal links in the annual reports are restricted to ATU faculty & staff).
  • Guidelines & application forms for assessment mini-grants (pdf files, Word documents).
  • Guidelines & instructions for the TracDat assessment-management system. (pdf files; TracDat access is restricted to ATU faculty & staff.)
  • Resources include materials from on-campus workshops (pdf & Powerpoint files).
  • Links to other resources.

Auburn University (Alabama)

Auburn University: Office of Institutional Research & Assessment (Alabama)

  • Assessment reports from individual academic programs (pdf files; the online process for submitting assessment reports is restricted to Auburn faculty & staff).
  • Survey results include NSSE reports (html pages, pdf files).
  • Resources include assessment council minutes (pdf files) and links to other assessment resources (this page).

Augustana College (Illinois)

Augustana College: Institutional Research and Assessment Office (Illinois)

  • Assessment of student learning
    • College-wide (general education) learning outcomes (Word documents).
    • Results from surveys of students and faculty (pdf files).
    • Information about & from Augustana’s participation in the Wabash study and a Teagle Foundation senior capstone study (pdf files; Augustana’s Wabash study results are restricted to College faculty & staff).

Austin Community College (Texas)

AustinCommunity College: Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability (Texas)

  • Instructional programs
    • The discipline assessment cycle (DAC) manual includes general education learning outcomes & competencies (handbook; Word document).
    • Information about periodic program review (pdf files, Word documents).
  • College-wide assessment
    • Guidelines, formats, & tools for administrative & support unit assessment (pdf files, html pages).
      • Also see support services review.
      • Please do not enter anything in the outcomes tool form.
      • Access to CurricUNET’s assessment module is restricted to ACC faculty & staff.
    • Institutional effectiveness snapshot (pdf file).
  • Results from surveys of students & faculty, including CCSSE (pdf files).
  • The archives include an older assessment handbook and glossary (pdf files).
    • Access to the U-LEAD assessment data base is restricted to ACC faculty & staff.

Babson College (Massachusetts)

Babson College (Massachusetts)

  • Overview and (pdf file) assurance of learning process.
  • General education learning goals (outcomes) for undergraduate and masters’ degrees.
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Bakersfield College (California)

Bakersfield College (California)

  • BC’s philosophy of assessment.
  • Assessment results: Individual academic programs’ outcomes, assessment methods, and (some) results (pdf & Excel files, Word documents).
  • The assessment blog includes committee minutes and material from on-campus workshops & assessment events.
  • Tips & guidelines on setting up an assessment plan (Word documents).
    • Evaluation rubrics for assessment plans.
    • Still to come: BC examples.
  • General education and institutional level learning outcomes, and some assessment results (Word documents).
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Ball State University (Indiana)

Ball State University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness (Indiana)

  • Results from surveys of students and alumni (pdf documents).
  • Resources (pdf files)
    • Assessment workbook: Handbook for departments designing and using assessment plans.
    • Lending library: Tables of contents of books about assessment.
    • Material from assessment workshops.

Barton County Community College (Kansas)

Barton County Community College (Kansas)

  • Except as noted, all documents are pdf files. Most describe the various parts of BCCC’s assessment process.
  • Overview of assessment at Barton.
  • Roles & responsibilities for assessment.
  • Assessment committee agendas & minutes.
  • Reports on course assessment activities.
  • Guidelines and an FAQ for classroom assessment (CAT), an online reporting form for CAT results, and guidelines for an assessment project for multi-section courses (CAP).
  • Degree level assessment includes general education outcomes and related senior-survey results (the 06-07 comparison is an Excel file; the others are pdf files).
  • Links to information about Kansas’ state-wide general education (core competency) assessment process and to resources about classroom assessment techniques.

Baruch College (New York)

Baruch College: Office of Institutional Research and Program Assessment (New York)

  • Overview of assessment and guidelines for creating an assessment plan.
  • School- & program-level learning goals from the Schools of Business (Zicklin) and Arts & Sciences (WSAS) (pdf files, Word document).
    • The core curriculum map has competencies (outcomes) associated with each goal (pdf file).
    • Guidelines for writing learning goals, with links to other (pdf file, html page, Word document) resources.
  • Assessment projects and surveys.Status of college-wide and program-level assessment (pdf file).
    • Communication assignment inventories (pdf files).
    • Information about NSSE surveys.
    • Assessment plans, progress reports, & rubrics from the Schools of Business and Arts & Sciences (pdf files, Word documents).
    • Student learning goals for administrative & academic support services (pdf file).
  • Assessment framework for administrative units.
    • Assessment process & guidelines.
    • Guidelines for developing outcomes, goals, & objectives.
  • Resources include:
    • Material (pdf files) from an on-campus workshop.
    • Links to accrediting-agency and CUNY information (html pages, pdf files).

Bates Technical College (Washington)

Bates Technical College: Office of Curriculum and Assessment (Washington)

  • Pdf files, unless indicated otherwise.
  • The Do-it-yourself Guide includes
    • The college-wide (general education) learning outcomes and related measurable indicators. (These are also in both the Learning Outcomes Documents and Related Links lists.)
    • Master course outline (MCO) examples showing course and college-wide learning outcomes.
      • The sample and blank MCO forms in Related links are Word documents.
      • Note: The syllabus template and curriculum revision sheet (Word documents) do not include learning outcomes.
    • Instructions for preparing MCOs.
    • Information about Bloom’s taxonomy of learning styles.
  • Institutional research
    • A brief overview of plans for institutional assessment (html page).
    • Links to other resources.

Benedictine University (Illinois)

Benedictine University: Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (Illinois)

  • Overview of assessment at Benedictine.
  • Links to information about assessment methods and an overview (pdf file) of types of evidence for student learning.
  • University (general education) common learning objectives (pdf file).
  • Reporting format (matrix) for academic programs’ assessment plans (pdf file).
  • Outcomes include NSSE results (pdf file).
  • Information about Benedictine’s AQIP program (mostly pdf files).

Berea College (Kentucky)

Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Our Mission

  • To provide information and data in support of the College’s planning, policy formation, and program development efforts.
  • To support and cultivate assessment activities aimed at evaluating effectiveness, and ensuring continued improvement throughout the institution.
  • To support through appropriate research the strategic planning efforts of the College.
  • To support and maintain processes that ensure the institution’s continued accreditation.

Academic Program Assessment

Program Assessment Reports 

Assessment Resources 

Contact: Robert Smith

 

 

Bergen Community College (New Jersey)

Bergen Community College: Center for Institutional Effectiveness (New Jersey)

  • Documents are pdf files unless otherwise noted.
  • Assessment framework and handbook.
  • Assessment of student learning
    • Individual academic programs’ learning outcomes, assessment plans & reports, and curriculum maps.
    • Information from & about the assessment committee and about departmental assessment liaisons and CIE assessment fellows.
  • Administrative & educational support assessment: Individual units’ assessment plans & reports.
  • Materials from on-campus presentations & workshops.
  • Results from surveys of students & alumni, including CCSSE.

Berkeley City College (California)

BCC Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Home

Please use this site to find information about student learning outcomes (SLO’s) and SLO assessment, as they relate to specific courses, programs, student services, and institutional learning outcomes at Berkeley City College.

Taskstream is the repository for all information about SLOs and SLO assessment at BCC. It contains the most current versions of SLOs for all courses, instructional programs, and student services areas. See the instructions for using Taskstream (on the left) to view SLO’s, assessment results, action plans, and results of action plans.

  • Learning Outcomes Assessment (HTML pages)
    • Multiple Levels of Learning Outcomes and Assessment
    • Assessment Process
  • Plans and Report (HTML pages)
    • Narratives and Evidence
    • Status of Assessment
    • Program Assessment Matrices
  • Information for Faculty and Staff (HTML pages)
    • Student Learning Outcomes for Syllabi
    • How to Document Assessment Work
  • Assessment Committee (HTML pages)
    • Planning for Institutional Effectiveness (PIE) Committee
    • Teaching and Learning Center
  • SLO Resources (HTML pages)
    • An Assessment Film
    • BCC English Department Assessment article featured in “Assessment Update.”

Bevill State Community College (Alabama)

Bevill State Community College: Office of Grants, Planning, Research, & Institutional Effectiveness (Alabama)

  • Results from surveys of students, faculty, & staff (pdf files). Scroll down to:
    • CCSSE results.
    • Assessment results, for:
      • Surveys of graduating students and students completing various BSCC programs.
      • Evaluations of athletic and library services.

Binghamton University (New York)

Binghamton University (New York)

  • Major assessment
    • Assessment policy (Word document).
    • Guidelines for and examples of assessment plans & reports (Word documents & pdf files).
  • Gen ed assessment
    • General education outcomes from BU and the SUNY system (pdf files).
    • University policy on and guidelines for preparing general education course portfolios. The guidelines also describe how faculty teams use portfolios to evaluate general education outcomes (pdf files).
    • Reports from general education assessments (pdf files).
  • BU’s College Portrait.

Bismarck State College (North Dakota)

Bismarck State College (North Dakota)

  • Academic assessment
    • FAQ.
    • General education outcomes and (pdf files) associated rubrics & timelines.
    • Reporting templates for program assessment plans & reports (pdf files). TracDat access is restricted to BSC faculty & staff.
      • Assessment handbook (pdf file).
    • Annual progress reports (pdf files).
    • Links to other assessment resources.
  • Reporting template (Word document) and process (pdf file) for periodic department/program review.
  • Information about BSC’s AQIP project (pdf & Powerpoint files).

Bluefield State College (West Virginia)

Bluefield State College: Office of Institutional Research (West
Virginia)

  • Note: pdf files unless indicated otherwise.
  • Brochure with a brief overview of assessment.
  • The assessment plan includes general education outcomes. The general studies results include College BASE & CLA; see assessment data in the left-hand menu for more recent CLA results.
  • Report on assesment activities at Bluefield.
  • Individual program matrices include program outcomes & assessment methods.
  • Assessment data include NSSE results and results from a survey of graduating students.
  • Bluefield’s College Portrait (html page).
  • Resources include a glossary and a link (not a pdf file) to this page.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (Kentucky)

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (Kentucky)

  • Introduction to assessment and overview of periodic program review at BCTC.
  • Program assessment (pdf files)
    • Individual technical programs’ learning outcomes & assessment plans (html pages, pdf files).
    • Guideliines on closing the loop and reporting assessment results, and annual program review.
    • Status reports on development of assessment processes.
  • Assessment newsletter (pdf files).
  • Still to come:
    • General education assessment.
    • Faculty resources: Glossary, FAQ, and rubric for evaluating program assessment processes. Some links to other resources are already in place (pdf files).

Boise State University (Idaho)

Boise State University (Idaho)

  • Program assessment
    • Alignment and tools: BSU’s assessment framework (pdf file) and links to tips & guidelines about rubrics (html pages, pdf files) and curriculum maps (Excel, pdf, & Powerpoint files, Word document).
    • Individual degree programs’ learning outcomes & assessment plans (pdf files)
  • Information about periodic review (program review).
  • Office of Institutional Research
    • Research publications include NSSE results (pdf files).
    • Department-level results from BSU’s surveys of graduating seniors & alumni, and copies of the surveys (pdf files).

Borough of Manhattan Community College (New York)

Borough of Manhattan Community College: Institutional Research and Assessment

  • Assessment
    • College-wide assessment: Resources for course-level, department-level, & support services assessment include:
      • Presentations on assessment from BMCC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CETLS, pdf files).
      • Links to other assessment resources.
    • General education assessment
      • General education assessment plan and Powerpoint presentation (pdf files).
      • Brochure for students about general education learning outcomes (pdf file).
      • Links to related articles (pdf files).
      • The general education resource center has a general overview of the assessment process.
  • Results from student surveys (pdf files).

Boston University (Massachusetts)

Boston University, Center for Teaching and Learning

Information below from this web page:

Bowdoin College (Maine)

Bowdoin College: Reflective Teaching Project (Maine)

  • Project reports, studies, and instruments include outcomes, assesment methods, and survey results for a variety of general education goals (some html pages, some pdf files).

Brandeis University (Massachusetts)

Brandeis University: Office of Assessment (Massachusetts)

  • Overview of assessment activities at Brandeis.
  • University-wide (general education) and (pdf files) academic programs’ learning goals.
    • Materials from on-campus workshops (pdf files).
  • Resources
    • Internal resources include:
      • Guidelines and support (a planning checklist) for creating learning goals in academic majors, and examples from some programs (pdf files, Word documents).
      • Example of general education learning goals.
    • Links to other assessment resources.
  • Reflective guides for students as they progress through their undergraduate careers (pdf files).
  • Information about the assessment advisory committee and subcommittees.
  • Information about Brandeis’ participation in the Wabash national study of liberal arts education (some of these pages link to pdf documents).

Brenau University (Georgia)

Brenau University: Office of Academic Assessment (Georgia)

The Assessment Office is dedicated to supporting Brenau University’s commitment to educational excellence. It is our mission, with input from all units of the university, to assist the institution in demonstrating the quality and effectiveness of its programs and services in support of the institutional mission, by means of a broad based and institutionally supported system of evaluation, documentation and use of results for improvement.

Brigham Young University (Utah)

Brigham Young University: Center for Teaching and Learning (Utah)

  • Video for students (and faculty) about how knowing expected learning outcomes helps students choose programs and guides their learning.
  • Individual degree programs’ expected learning outcomes and assessment plans (use the college, department, & program drop-down menus at the top of the page).
  • Guidelines for writing learning outcomes and developing assessments.
  • The mid-course evaluation tool is restricted to BYU faculty & staff.

Bryan College (Tennessee)

Bryan College: Office of Institutional Effectiveness (Tennessee)

  • The student outcomes manual (pdf file) includes:
    • College learning outcomes & assessment methods.
    • Results from standardized instruments, including the Proficiency Profile & Major Field Tests.
    • Results from surveys of current & graduating students.
  • The institutional effectiveness manual (pdf file) includes:
    • General education learning outcomes & assessment report.
    • Individual academic and administrative & support units’ assessment plans & reports.
  • Results from the student satisfaction inventory.
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Bucknell University (Pennsylvania)

Bucknell University

With the rising costs of higher education, this is a question that is being asked by parents, prospective students, government agencies, and accrediting bodies. Understanding that this is a valid question, colleges and universities are engaging in the process of outcomes assessment.

The umbrella purpose is to provide evidence that students at Bucknell University are learning and developing in and out of the classroom and that institutional policies, resources, and services are appropriately supporting the mission of the institution. In practice, however, outcomes assessment is meaningless unless the information learned is applied to future institutional decisions. The completion of the outcomes assessment process is the continual improvement of the unique experience of a Bucknell University education.

In regards to college-wide assessment, the Office of Institutional Research & Planning has two main responsibilities:

  1. To support the annual assessment and periodic comprehensive review of all academic and administrative departments
  2. To support the assessment of general education outcomes

The site has a drop down menu under the heading “IN THIS SECTION” where visitors to the site can review Bucknell University’s assessment information.

 

 

 

Buena Vista University (Iowa)

Buena Vista University (Iowa)

  • BVU’s assessment plan.
  • Objectives (outcomes) & assessment plans for individual academic majors.
    • Some majors’ pages include links to rubrics, test items, etc. (pdf & Excel files, Word documents).
    • The cheat sheets (on the training resources page) have information about some academic programs’ outcomes and assessment methods (Word documents).
  • The curriculum overview has university-wide (general education) goals & outcomes. BVU objectives has associated rubrics (Word documents).
    • The dashboard on the home page has general education assessment results.
  • Student services outcomes and (Word documents) assessment plan, rubrics & program map.
  • Assessment annual reports and the Focus online reporting and ePortfolio system are restricted to BVU faculty & staff.

Buffalo State College (New York)

Buffalo State College: Office of Academic Information and Assessment (New York)

  • AAHE and Buffalo State principles of assessment.
  • Intellectual foundations (general education) outcomes and (pdf file) assessment cycle.
  • Overview of assessment in major programs.
  • The guidelines for periodic evaluation of academic units include assessment requirements (this and the program review schedule are pdf files).
  • Reporting template for academic units’ assessment reports (Word document).
  • The assessment reports are restricted to BSC faculty & staff.
  • Departmental award for outstanding assessment (pdf file).

Bunker Hill Community College (Massachussetts)

Bunker Hill Community College: SLOAP Faculty Task Force (Massachussetts)

  • SLOAP: Bunker Hill’s student learning outcomes assessment program.
  • The SLOAP database has:
    • Information about Bunker Hill’s assessment process.
    • Program and course-level learning outcomes, assessment methods, results, & impacts. (Click an X for the associated report. They don’t look like hyperlinks, but they are.)
  • General education requirements, in the Additional Resources menu, includes Bunker Hill’s general education outcomes.

Butte College (California)

Butte College (California)

  • Overview of assessment at BC.
  • Instructions for assessment reporting.
  • The toolkit has
    • Requirements & timeline for program assessment (pdf file).
    • Material from on-campus workshops (pdf & image files, Word documents).
  • Glossary.
  • Online newsletter (pdf files).
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Cabrillo College (California)

Cabrillo College (California)

  • Overview, philosophy, and assessment structure.
    • Dashboard of assessment activities at Cabrillo.
    • The proficiency report to ACCJC includes additional details.
  • Core competencies (general education outcomes).
  • Overviews of assessment in special programs & administrative units.
  • Workbooks, the program chairs handbook, and the administrative units outcomes (AUO) primer: tips & guidelines for developing & implementing assessment processes.
  • Information about & from the assessment committee, including annual reports.
  • Results from a survey of faculty & staff knowledge of & attitudes about Cabrillo’s assessment process.
  • Access to Cabrillo’s tracking tool is restricted to Cabrillo faculty & staff.

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute (North Carolina)

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute (North Carolina)

  • Assessment at CCC&TI (pdf file, in the institutional publications list) is a handbook with:
    • An overview of assessment at CCC&TI,
    • Tips & guidelines for developing & implementing assessment processes,
    • CCC&TI’s general education outcomes, and
    • information from and links to other assessment resources.
  • Note: The general education assessment document (in the institutional effectiveness documents list) was not available when last checked.

California Baptist University

California Baptist University: Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment

  • A Powerpoint presentation about assessment, and CBU’s annual assessment flow (pdf files).
  • Guidelines & tips for developing & implementing assessment processes (pdf files).
  • Assessment newsletter (pdf file).
  • The assessment history (reports) is restricted to CBU faculty & staff. The assessment tracking & reports portfolio is not.
  • WASC assessment & accreditation resources (pdf files).
  • Information about periodic academic & student services program review (pdf files, Word documents).
    • The historical record (reports) is restricted to CBU faculty & staff.
    • CBU’s program review rubric (pdf file) includes a scale for programs’ assessment activities.
  • The institutional research page includes results from FSSE and from the CIRP survey of incoming freshmen (pdf files).

California Lutheran University

California Lutheran University

  • Assessment system
    • Overview of assessment at CLU.
    • Information about periodic academic program review, including overview, schedule, handbook, and reporting template (pdf files).
    • Information about & from CLU professional development days & assessment symposia (pdf & Powerpoint files).
  • Learning outcomes
    • Institutional (general education) learning outcomes (pdf file).
    • Learning outcomes from most academic programs (pdf files).
    • Sources of evidence for achievement of learning outcomes:
      • Rubrics & assessment results for communication, critical thinking, & information literacy outcomes (pdf & Excel files, Word documents).
      • Student satisfaction, NSSE, & FSSE results (pdf files, html pages).
    • Guidelines on writing learning outcomes and incorporating them in course syllabi (pdf files,Word documents; also see the curriculum maps).
    • Curriculum maps from some academic programs (Powerpoint files, Word documents; the School of Business curriculum maps were not available when last checked).
  • The data warehouse is restricted to CLU faculty & staff.
  • Resources include:
    • Material from on-campus workshops about assessment and program review (pdf & Powerpoint files).
    • Assessment tools including a glossary, a template for reporting assessment results (Word document), guidelines for and examples of assessment rubrics (Word documents), and links to other resources.
  • Information about surveys at CLU.

California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

  • Guidelines & policies for program review and outcomes assessment (pdf files, Word documents).
  • University (general education) learning outcomes (Word document, Excel file).
  • Individual academic departments‘ learning outcomes, assessment plans, & curriculum maps (html pages, pdf & Excel files).
  • Assessment tools
    • Guidelines for an assessment plan (pdf file) and curriculum map (Word document).
    • Examples of individual programs’ assessment methods and tools (pdf files).
  • Information about assessment-related on- & off-campus events.
  • Links to other assessment resources and information about local assessment training events (Powerpoint & pdf files, Word documents).
  • General education assessment
    • General education assessment policy (pdf file, Word documents) and guide for course-based general education assessment proposals (pdf file).
    • Learning outcomes for individual general education areas, and assessment plans for some areas (pdf files).
    • Links to Powerpoint presentations on general education assessment and to rubrics (pdf files, Word documents) for some general-education outcomes.
  • Institutional assessment: The university’s College Portrait, and reports from surveys of students and alumni, including NSSE and CLA results (pdf and Excel files).
  • Student Affairs assessment:
    • Guides to writing learning outcomes (html pages, pdf files).
    • The stories of successful learning and the 2008-2009 annual report were not available when last checked..

California State University System

California State University System: Accountability Process

  • Biennial reports (pdf files, through 2006) include outcomes assessment overviews for each CSU campus.
  • Scroll down for an overview of the process, definitions of the performance areas and reporting elements, and other descriptive documents (pdf files).
  • Note: See the individual entries for notes on assessment at each campus: Cal Poly-Pomona, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Sacramento, San Francisco State, San Jose State, San Marcos, and Stanislaus.

California State University, Channel Islands

California State University, Channel Islands

  • Glossary and links to other assessment resources.
  • Individual academic programs’ learning outcomes (Excel files).
  • Access to the TK20 assessment management system is restricted to CI faculty & staff.
  • The assessment council site includes:
    • CI’s assessment policy (pdf files).
    • Council agendas & minutes (pdf files).
    • Documents include a reporting template for administrative & support divisions and division reports (pdf files).

California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico

  • CSUC assessment philosophy.
  • Guidelines for developing and implementing outcomes assessment plans.
  • Assessment glossary.
  • FAQ about assessment at CSUC.
  • Tool Box and Resources: More guidelines and examples for developing assessment processes (Word documents; pdf, Excel, and Powerpoint files).
  • Sample learning outcomes and assessment activities from individual academic units (Word documents and Excel-file course*outcomes alignment matrices).
  • Individual academic departments’ program portfolios, with learning outcomes and (pdf files) assessment plan and curriculum matrix.
  • Office of Institutional Research
    • Information about periodic academic program review (pdf & Excel files, Word documents).
    • Reports (html pages & pdf files) from NSSE, CLA, and graduating student surveys.
    • CSUC’s VSA College Portrait.
    • Links to other assessment resources.

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, Dominguez Hills

  • Tutorial about student learning outcomes assessment (SLOA) reports on Blackboard (Word document).
  • Templates for academic programs’ assessment plans & reports (Word documents).
  • Summary program effectiveness & SLOA reports (Word documents).
  • A Powerpoint presentation on assessment at CSUDH and links to other resources.
  • The Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning site includes:
    • Results from CSUDH’s writing assessment (pdf files).
    • CSUDH’s College Portrait.

California State University, East Bay

California State University, East Bay

  • Institutional (general education) learning outcomes & competencies (pdf file).
  • Learning & assessment at CSUEB:
    • Overview of assessment activities.
    • Links to other assessment resources.
    • Still to come: Learning & assessment handbook.
  • Program review:
    • Guidelines for periodic program review (html pages, pdf & Excel files).
    • Most academic programs’ portfolios include learning outcomes; some also have program review annual reports with a section on assessment activities (pdf files).
      • Still to come: Portfolios for curricular (general education and interdisciplinary) and co-curricular programs.
  • Information about & from the institutional effectiveness council and learning outcomes subcommittee (agendas & minutes are pdf files).

California State University, Fullerton

CSU-Fullerton Assessment and Educational Effectiveness

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach: Program Review and Assessment

    • CSULB institutional learning objectives (general education outcomes).
    • Individual academic programs’ learning outcomes.
    • Information from & about the program assessment review council (html pages, Word & rtf documents).
    • Reports and resources include:
      • An assessment report template (Word document) and a model & workshop handouts (pdf files).
        • A glossary.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Student Services assessment
      • Assessment of student learning outcomes
        • Overview of Student Services assessment at CSULB.
        • Featured student learning outcomes & assessments from individual Student Services units.
        • Links to examples from other institutions.
      • Assessment plans & reports from individual Student Services departments.
      • Results from surveys and standardized assessments including NSSE, CLA, and CSULB’s student satisfaction survey.
      • Information about & from CSULB’s graduation writing assessment.
      • CSULB’s VSA College Portrait (pdf file).
      • Presentations about assessment at CSULB (Powerpoint files).
      • Links to other assessment resources.

California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles

      • University assessment plan and annual report (pdf files, Word documents).
      • Institutional learning outcomes (general education).
      • Individual college & programs’ learning outcomes.
      • Institutional measures
        • Results from student surveys and standardized exams, including CLA and NSSE results (pdf & Powerpoint files).
        • Other assessment-related reports (pdf files).
      • Resources & tools: Rubrics for general education outcomes, templates & examples for developing and reporting assessment plans (pdf & rtf files). The faculty development and assessment page, with links to other assessment resources, was not available when last checked.
      • The glossary includes links to a more extensive (pdf file) glossary and to other assessment resources (this page).
      • General education
        • Learning goals and outcomes.
        • GE assessment
          • Assessment plan.
          • Curriculum & goals maps (pdf files).
          • General education committee assessment program review (pdf file).
          • Reports include
            • Assessment of Block B (science-related) outcomes (pdf file).
            • Assessment of an introduction to higher education course (Word document, Excel file).
            • Older assessment results (pdf files) include CSULA’s general education assessment policy.
      • Information about periodic academic program review (html pages, pdf files).
      • The Institutional Research page includes a link to CSULA’s College Portrait.
      • Educational effectiveness council meeting minutes & reports (pdf files).

California State University, Northridge

California State University, Northridge: Office of Academic Assessment and Program Review

      • A video about CSUN’s assessment process.
      • FAQ.
      • College & department annual assessment reports (pdf files).
      • A to Z (multiple file types)
        • Assessment & program review guidelines, templates, reporting forms, schedules, & timelines.
        • Fundamental (general education) competencies.
        • Newsletters.
      • Information about the assessment committee (Excel file, Word documents).

California State University, Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento: Office of Academic Program Assessment

      • University assessment:
        • Overview of academic-program assessment and assessment cycle, and university assessment statement (pdf file) and policy.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
        • Note: Some links in this page go to pages listed below; others were not available when last checked.
      • Learning outcomes
        • Baccalaureate learning goals, graduate program learning outcomes (pdf files).
        • General education learning outcomes (draft; this mht file opens in Internet Explorer but not in other browsers) and AAC&U’s LEAP outcomes (pdf file).
      • Institutional assessment portfolio: Individual academic departments’ assessment plans & reports, assessment director’s analysis of reports, & department (IR data) fact books (pdf files, Word documents).
      • Assessment tools
        • CSUS assessment policy & plan (html page, pdf file).
        • Assessment guidelines, reporting format, & evaluation rubric (Word documents, html page) and materials from an on-campus workshop (Powerpoint file).
        • General education READS initiative: Learning outcomes & rubrics for reading habits, dispositions & skills (Word document).
      • Assessment strategies: Links to other assessment resources.
      • Assessment newsletter (pdf files).
      • Office of Institutional Research
        • Sacramento State’s College Portrait (pdf file).
        • Reports on special academic programs.
        • Surveys used at Sacramento State. Survey reports has results from surveys of students and faculty, including NSSE results (pdf files).
        • Student Affairs assessment plans & reports (mostly pdf files).

California State University, San Marcos

California State University, San Marcos

      • Annual assessment:
        • Materials from on-campus workshops (Word documents, pdf file).
        • Reporting templates for assessment plans and reports (Word documents).
      • Departments’ program portfolios include learning outcomes, assessment plans, and reports. (Plans & reports are pdf files & Word documents, listed under program review.)
      • Information about academic program review:
        • Guidelines & examples (pdf files, Word documents).
        • Course*outcomes matrix template (Excel files).
        • WASC rubrics for evaluating learning outcomes & assessment (pdf files)/.
      • Resources include:
        • Material from an on-campus workshop (Powerpoint and audiovisual files).
        • Glossary.
        • Guidelines for designing & implementing outcomes assessment.
        • General education goals and (draft) assessment process.
        • Links to other assessment resources, including learning outcomes for varios academic disciplines.
      • Minutes and reports from CSUSM’s assessment committee (Word documents).
      • The Office of Institutional Planning & Analysis has results from surveys of students & alumni, including NSSE data (pdf & Excel files, Word documents).

California State University, Stanislaus

California State University, Stanislaus: Office of Assessment

      • Overview and principles of assessment at CSUS.
      • Assessment resources: Guidelines for designing & implementing an assessment plan, with (html pages, pdf files, Word documents) examples, templates, and links to related resources.
      • Annual report template (Word document).
      • General education assessment (pdf files unless otherwise indicated)
        • Overview and history.
        • Learning goals and (draft) outcomes.
        • Program review reports.
        • University-wide assessment methods: Results from NSSE, CLA, and other standardized assessments and locally-developed surveys.
      • Assessment of graduate programs (pdf files unless otherwise indicated)
        • Learning goals for graduate students.
        • Chronology, history, & related documents.
        • Overall assessment plan & reports. The individual programs’ assessment plans & reports were not available when last checked.
        • Annual reporting template and sample curriculum map and thesis rubrics.
      • Information about on-campus assessment mentors (Word documents).
      • Materials from annual assessment spotlight symposia (pdf & Powerpoint files).
      • Information about periodic program review for academic & support units (pdf & Powerpoint files, Word documents).
      • The Office of Institutional Research page has CSUS’s College Portrait.

Calvin College (Michigan)

Calvin College (Michigan)

      • Overview of assessment.
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Camden County College (New Jersey)

Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Camden County College has implemented a documented, organized, and sustainable assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning.  Camden County College’s assessment process is sustained through the college-wide support and collaboration of faculty and administration.  This systematic and thorough process uses multiple qualitative and/or quantitative measures that maximize the use of existing data and information, that clearly and purposefully relate to the goals being assessed. Assessment activities are of sufficient quality so that results can be used with confidence to inform decisions; include direct evidence of student learning.

Student Success Assessment

Indicators of Institutional Effectiveness

Quick Facts Fall 2015
College Plans

         Strategic Plan to 2015 (extended to 2016)
         Institutional Effectiveness Plan
         Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan
         CCC Enrollment Management Plan
         CCC OIT Technology Master Plan
         CCC Facilities Master Plan
Academic Evaluation – Educational Effectiveness
Assessment
Academic Programmatic Review
General Education
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Institutional Evaluation

Assessment Resources

Cameron University (Oklahoma)

Cameron University: Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Accountability (Oklahoma)

      • Assessment
        • Program & unit assessment overview & guidelines.
        • Individual academic programs’ learning outcomes.
        • Some programs’ assessment data (pdf files).
        • Information about assessment funds (mini-grants, pdf file).
        • Access to WEAVEonline is restricted to CU faculty & staff.
      • General education outcomes & assessment process.
      • NSSE results (pdf files).
      • Oklahoma State Regents OSRHE) annual assessment reports include summaries of institutions’ processes & results (pdf files).

Camosun College (British Columbia, Canada)

Camosun College (British Columbia, Canada)

      • Results from surveys of students & alumni (pdf files).
        • The right-hand menu has individual academic programs’ alumni survey results.
      • Guidelines for:
        • Defining learning outcomes and
        • Developing & implementing outcomes assessment processes.
          • The Guiding Principles document is a pdf file.
        • These are general guidelines, applicable to assessing academic programs, individual courses, and individual students.

Cañada College (California)

Cañada College (California)

      • Overview of assessment at Cañada. (The SLOAC Philosophy is a pdf file.)
      • Institutional (general education) student learning outcomes (SLOs).
      • SLOs & assessments from individual academic programs and administrative & support units
      • Guidelines & FAQ for reporting course-level assessment results (The reporting directions is a Word document).
        • The list of program learning outcomes is a dynamic Excel template that requires (restricted) access to Cañada’s servers.
        • The TracDat assessment management system and the Sharepoint website are restricted to Cañada faculty & staff.
        • Information about program review, including (pdf files) individual academic, administrative, & support units’ annual plans. (Reporting templates are Word documents.)
      • Student services assessment reporting forms and handbook (Word documents).
      • Information about & from the assessment committee (Word documents).
      • Updates
        • Still to come: FAQ.
        • Faculty resolutions on outcomes assessment (Word document).
      • Events: Information about & from on-campus assessment-related events (pdf and audio-visual [swf] files, Word documents, links to other assessment resources).
      • Resources include
        • Information about using TracDat (pdf & Powerpoint files).
        • Handbook on writing learning outcomes (pdf file).
        • Presentation from an on-campus assessment summit (Powerpoint file).
        • Links to other assessment resources (pdf, Powerpoint, and audio-visual [swf] files, Word documents, links).

Carleton College (Minnesota)

Carleton College

One North College Street, Northfield, Minnesota

o   https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/doc/faculty-resources/assessment/mapping/ Mapping Outcomes to New Graduation requirements.

o   https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/doc/faculty-resources/assessment/roadmap/ Institutional Assessment Plan and Assessment Cycle

o   https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/doc/faculty-resources/assessment/dept_and_program/ Department and Program Assessment plans and resources.

  • Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching Coordinates programs for new and experienced faculty and circulates new information about teaching theories and strategies, and helps to identify problems and suggest solutions for classroom practice.
  • Science Education Research Center (SERC) Founded to improve education in the Earth Sciences and beyond. Plan and host transformative workshops for educators, conducting research to develop effective pedagogy, and testing the most effective ways of implementing change in the classroom.
  • Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (QuIRK) Initiative designed to create curriculum and practice around the teaching of quantitative reasoning. Assessment of student writing informs professional development; workshops encourage curricular reform; subsequent assessment that evaluates effectiveness of reform efforts.
  • The Writing Program and the Carleton Writing Portfolio Required midway through every student’s college career, the writing portfolios enable the college to ensure that undergraduates can write competently in a range of styles and contexts.

Carleton College (Minnesota)

Carleton College: Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (Minnesota)

      • Assessment resources
        • College-wide (general education) learning outcomes.
          • Assessment plan, with assessment methods and associated (pdf files) rubrics for each outcome.
          • Assessment cycle.
          • Learning outcomes mapped to graduation requirements.
          • Learning outcomes and assessment plans from individual academic departments & programs (pdf files).
            • Resources include:
              • FAQ.
              • Assessment roles & process.
              • Exercise materials from a conference presentation (pdf files).
              • Video of an assessment coordinators’ lunch.
              • The examples are restricted to Carleton faculty & staff.
        • Other resources (html pages, pdf files) include:
          • Presentations from on-campus workshops.
          • Information about Carleton assessment initiatives & projects.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Survey research and outcomes: Results from surveys of students & alumni, including NSSE (mostly pdf files).

Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania)

Carnegie Mellon University: Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence (Pennsylvania)

      • History of assessment at CMU.
        • Information from & about CMU’s assessment task force (pdf files; the Middle States self-study report is restricted to CMU faculty & staff.)
      • Basics: FAQ about assessment, and a glossary.
      • Guidelines & tools for assessing departments & programs, classroom learning & performance, prior learning, and teaching effectiveness.
      • Examples & tools from CMU programs.
      • Whys & hows of assessment
        • Tips & guidelines for program & classroom assessment.
        • Glossary.
        • Reporting template & example (pdf file).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Assessment plan (multi-year timeline for campus-specific & nationally-standardized surveys, pdf file).

Case Western Reserve University (Ohio)

Case Western Reserve University (Ohio)

      • Resources
        • CWRU documents
          • CWRU’s philosophy of assessment.
          • Reports on portfolio review of student writing in general education seminars (pdf files).
            • Portfolios are from SAGES interdisciplinary seminars.
          • The outcomes assessment guide is restricted to CWRU faculty & staff.
          • Office of Planning & Institutional Research has results from NSSE and other student surveys (pdf files).
        • Calendar of assessment-related on-campus events.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • About CWRU assessment committees.

Casper College (Wyoming)

Casper College (Wyoming)

      • From the menu of tabs at the bottom of the page:
        • Assessment criteria: Hints & tips about assessment (mostly pdf files; also see assessment help, below).
        • General information
          • Assessment manual and links to other resources (pdf files).
          • Material from an on-campus presentation (pdf & Powerpoint files).
        • General education assessment plan & Powerpoint presentation.
        • Results from surveys & standardized assessments (mostly pdf files; CCSSE results include Powerpoint & video files and a Word document).
        • Information about & from the assessment committee (minutes are pdf files).
      • Program assessment
        • Reporting templates (Word documents) and review criteria (pdf file).
        • Information (individual programs’ assessment plans & results, pdf files).
      • General education assessment templates & rubrics (pdf files).
        • Note: Some general education scoring session feedback is available to the pubic (pdf file); some is restricted to Casper College faculty & staff.
      • Assessment help: Tips & guidelines (pdf files).
      • Training videos are restricted to Casper College faculty & staff.

Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University: Office of Curriculum and Assessment

      • Logs of program assessment plans & reports received (Excel files).
      • Documents & forms (pdf files, Word documents)
        • Assessment policy.
        • Glossary.
        • Processes for reporting, submitting, & revising assessment plans & results.
        • WEAVEonline users guide. (WEAVE access is restricted to CMU faculty & staff.)
        • Funding support (mini-grant) guidelines & application.
          • Also see the application for the Provost’s Incentive Award.
        • Information about periodic academic program review.
      • Information from & about assessment committees.
        • Assessment council agendas & minutes are Word documents.
        • General education committee information is restricted to CMU faculty & staff.
        • Information from the professional education assessment committee was not available when last checked.
      • Resources
        • Newsletter (pdf files).
        • Toolkit: Tips & guidelines (pdf files, Word documents).
        • Library holdings and links to other assessment resources.
      • When last checked, these links went to a previous (old) version of the OCA website:
        • Institution-level assessment: Information about surveys used at CMU.
        • A brief overview of program-level assessment.

Chaffey College (California)

Chaffey College (California)

      • Welcome: Brief overview of assessment at Chaffey.
      • Monitoring report (pdf files unless otherwise noted)
        • Template & instructions for annual academic assessment monitoring report (Word & pdf versions of the template).
        • Diagram & guidelines for developing an SLO assessment process.
        • Matrix (template) & policy for administrative unit outcomes (AUO) assessment report.
        • Mapping matrix with Chaffey’s core competencies (general education outcomes).
        • Rubrics used to evaluate academic programs’ assessment plans.Must read: Overview of SLO reporting, with
        • a reporting template (Excel file), and
        • a matrix mapping program SLOs to Chaffey’s core competencies (Word document).
      • Planning resources were not available when last checked.
      • SLO Down online newsletter (pdf files).
      • Institutional research (pdf files)
        • Research briefs and presentations include results from student surveys.
        • SLO/AUO resources include:
          • Academic & administrative/support units’ assessment instruments and report briefs.
          • Other resources include:
            • Assessment guidelines & tips.
            • Assessment-plan evaluation rubrics.

Chapman University (California)

Chapman University (California)

      • Learning outcomes for:
        • General education, with (pdf files) associated assessment processes & rubrics.
        • Individual degree programs, with (pdf files) curriculum maps, assessment processes, & rubrics.
          • Learning outcomes assessment
            • Brief overview of assessment at Chapman
            • Templates for annual assessment report and course*general-ed outcomes curriculum map (Word documents).
            • Assessment committee rubric for evaluating annual assessment reports (pdf file).
          • Information about periodic program review.
        • Student life.
      • The institutional data mart has enrollment, etc. information.

Christopher Newport University (Virginia)

Christopher Newport University: Office of Assessment (Virginia)

      • Overview & philosophy of assessment at CNU.
      • FAQ for students.
      • Assessment resources
        • Assessment cycle with links to tips & guidelines for planning & implementing assessment processes (pdf & Powerpoint files, Word documents, html pages).
        • Information about WEAVEonline.
        • Contact information for assessment help.

City College of San Francisco (California)

City College of San Francisco (California)

      • About assessment and assessment activities at CCSF.
        • The assessment reporting summary is a pdf file.
      • Questions? FAQ.
      • Archive of assessment progress reports from academic programs & courses, and administrative & support programs.
        • Some detail reports are html pages, some are pdf files.
      • Instructional SLOs (html pages & pdf files unless otherwise indicated)
        • Guidleines & reporting templates for course and program outcomes assessment.
          • Program update directions & templates (Word documents).
        • General education and institutional outcomes and assessment & reporting processes.
        • Department details include
          • An overview of the assessment process.
          • Individual academic departments’ pages with learning outcomes, assessment processes, & reports.
      • Guidelines for outcomes assessment in administrative and student services units.
        • Some department details pages include assessment processes & reports.
      • Highlights of individual units’ assessment & effectiveness activities.
      • Professional development: Information about on-campus workshops & assessment-related events.
      • Resources include:
        • FAQ.
        • Handbook.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
        • A history of CCSF’s SLO assessment processes & coordination.
      • Reports & committees
        • Most reports are pdf files. The assessment plan is a Word document.
        • Information about & from assessment committees & teams.
      • Scorecard reports of SLO assessment progress at CCSF.

Clark College (Washington)

Clark College: Teaching and Learning Center (Washington)

      • Overview of assessment (pdf file).
      • FAQ.
      • Resources
        • Glossary.
        • Material from on-campus workshops (pdf files).
        • Introduction to Clark’s outcomes assessment toolbox (OAT, Powerpoint file).
        • Tips & guidelines for curriculum mapping (pdf files).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Information about assessment-related events.
      • The OAT toolbox, with forms and applications and other other information, is restricted to Clark faculty & staff.

Clemson University (South Carolina)

Clemson University: Office for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (South Carolina)

      • Assessment practices & resources
        • Brief overview of assessment and (pdf file) assessment cycle timeline.
        • Reference materials (pdf files) include:
          • Guidelines for developing and reporting an assessment plan.
          • General education competencies and assessment methods.
        • Overview of the Annual Assessment Record reporting process. Access to WEAVEonline and the assessment rubric are restricted to Clemson faculty & staff.
        • Guidelines for assessment of centers and institutes (pdf files).
        • Sample rubrics from some Clemson graduate programs (Word documents).
      • Overview of Clemson’s process for assessment management & reporting.
        • Access to WEAVEonline is restricted to Clemson faculty & staff.
        • Training & resource information. (Please do not enter anything into the online training-request form.)
      • Information about and from the university assessment committee. Reports & minutes are pdf files.
      • Information about periodic academic program review (pdf file; the metrics are restricted to Clemson faculty & staff).
      • Clemson’s College Portrait (pdf file).
      • Information about NSSE & Proficiency Profile, and summaries (pdf files) of NSSE results.
      • Assessment presentations by OIEA staff (pdf & Powerpoint files).
      • Information about Clemson’s QEP project, Clemson Thinks2.
      • State reporting: Accountability and institutional effectiveness reports to state agencies (pdf files).

Cleveland State University (Ohio)

Cleveland State University: Office of Student Learning Assessment (Ohio)

      • Overview and FAQ for assessment at CSU, and university policies and procedures for assessment.
      • Assessment Council minutes and on-campus events (Word documents).
      • Assessment report guidelines, calendar, and review procedure (Word documents, Excel files). Individual units’ SLA reports are restricted to CSU faculty & staff.
        • The 2008 departmental student outcomes inquiry includes an overview of student surveys used by individual academic, administrative, & support units (Word document).
      • General education assessment procedures and reports (pdf files, Word documents).
      • Material from on-campus workshops (video presentations).
      • Resources
        • Report guidelines & formats.
        • Examples of individual units’ assessment reports (pdf files).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Information about assessment mini-grants and grant-funded projects (Word documents).

Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina)

Coastal Carolina University: Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Analysis (South Carolina)

      • University-wide assessment reporting: Annual reports on the status of CCU’s assessment process include some unit-level results (pdf files).
      • The TEAL Online page includes an assessment reporting calendar. The TEAL assessment management system and reports are restricted to CCU faculty & staff.
      • Institutional effectiveness reports to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (pdf files).
      • Results from surveys of graduating seniors (pdf file). NSSE results are restricted to CCU faculty & staff.
      • Information about & from CCU’s assessment committees (minutes are pdf files).
      • CCU’s VSA College Portrait.

Cochise College (Arizona)

Cochise College: Student Learning Improvement Committee (Arizona)

      • About student learning improvement at Cochise.
      • (General education) outcome statements.
      • About the learning improvement project and evidence.
        • Current and older learning improvement handbooks (pdf files).
      • Learning improvement questions for students.
      • The institutional research page has results of surveys, including CCSSE (pdf files).

Coconino Community College (Arizona)

Coconino Community College: Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (Arizona)

      • About assessment
        • Overview, principles of good practice, and (pdf file) HLC tips & guidelines.
        • Glossary.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Program assessment
        • Learning outcomes for individual degree & certificate programs.
        • The monitoring report to HLC (pdf file) describes CCC’s general education and program assessment processes.
        • The quality enhancements documents (pdf files) include descriptions of assessment activities and results.
        • Powerpoint presentations to the CCC governing board.
      • General education assessment
        • General education learning outcomes.
        • Assessment techniques and results (pdf file).
        • Presentation at & feedback from a faculty retreat (Powerpoint & pdf files).
      • Assessment tools
        • Progress report templates (Word documents), instructions (pdf file), and overview presentation (Powerpoint file).
        • Graduating student survey (pdf & Word versions; the online version requires a CCC password) and results (pdf files).
        • Information about, and links to resources on classroom evaluation techniques (CATS), rubrics, and mid-course evaluations.

College of Charleston (South Carolina)

College of Charleston: Office for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning (South Carolina)

      • Assessment cycle.
      • Assessment guide (handbook, pdf file), tutorials (Powerpoint files), and links to other resources.
      • Rubric for evaluating units’ assessment plans & reports (Word document).
        • The college-wide annual institutional effectiveness reports indicate individual academic units’ status (pdf files).
      • Information about the ComplianceAssist assessment management tool (access to the tool itself is restricted to COC faculty & staff).
      • Information about & results from surveys of students & alumni, including NSSE results (html pages, pdf files).
      • Information from & about the assessment committees (minutes are pdf files).
      • COC’s VSA College Portrait.

College of San Mateo (California)

College of San Mateo (California)

      • Philosophy of assessment at CSM.
      • Assessment plan (Word document).
      • Student learning outcomes
        • General education outcomes.
        • Program-level outcomes from certificate programs and (some) degree programs, and course-level outcomes from degree programs.
        • Results from student satisfaction surveys (pdf files).
      • Information about & from the assessment committee (agendas & minutes are pdf files).
      • Resources include:
        • Reporting matrices (pdf files).
        • Guidelines, handouts, and workbooks (pdf files).
        • Information from on-campus workshops (pdf & Powerpoint files, Word documents).
        • Links to other resources.

College of Southern Nevada

College of Southern Nevada: Office of Assessment of Student Learning and Accreditation

      • Overview of assessment at CSN.
      • Assessment plans & reports from some academic programs and general education courses (pdf files).
        • When last checked, some programs’ & courses’ plans were available for 2012 & earlier; some reports were available for 2011 & earlier.
      • Outcomes planning matrix (Word documents; templates for 3, 4, 5, & 6 outcomes).
      • Resources and (pdf files) library lists: Training activities documents and presentations (mostly pdf files).

College of William & Mary (Virginia)

College of William & Mary: Office of Institutional Analysis & Effectiveness (Virginia)

      • General education requirements, learning expectations (outcomes), and information about W&M’s course-portfolio review process.
      • Program review process
        • Process & schedules (pdf files).
        • Process of institutional effectiveness (PIE): Description, examples, and tips.
          • The PIES database is restricted to W&M faculty & staff..
      • Information about Digital Measures data management system (access to Digital Measures is restricted to W&M faculty & staff).
      • Links to other assessment resources.

College of Wooster (Ohio)

College of Wooster (Ohio)

      • Overview of assessment at Wooster.
      • The assessment newsletter & briefs include some assessment results (pdf files).
      • Wh en last checked, the wiki did not yet include an assessment space.
      • The news archive may structured as a blog and may include some assessment results.
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Colorado College

Colorado College

      • What is assessment?
        • FAQ.
      • How to assess learning
        • Tips & guidelines for developing & implementing assessment processes.
        • Some pages include links to Word documents.
        • The page on writing a report includes the assessment committee’s evaluation rubric.
      • Assessment at CC
        • General education (critical perspectives) assessment.
        • Still to come: CC assessment success stories.
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mesa University

      • Institution-wide learning outcomes.
      • The campus assessment update overviews assessment methods used at CMU.
        • The previous update is a pdf file.
      • Committee reports (pdf files) include summaries of:
        • Assessment processes & results in (some) academic programs.
          • The general education report include CMU’s general education outcomes.
        • NSSE results.
      • The assessment committee minutes and general information are pdf files; forms for reporting program & general education assessment plans & results are Word documents.
      • The institutional research site has survey reports, including NSSE, CCSSE, & FSSE results (pdf files)
      • Information about periodic academic program review (pdf files).
        • The manual indicates how learning outcomes assessment is incorporated into program review.
        • Review reports for individual academic programs
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines

      • FAQ.
      • Profile of the CSM graduate (general education learning goals) and graduate program general objectives/outcomes (pdf files).
      • Core (general education) curriculum
        • Description of CSM’s core curriculum (pdf file).
        • ABET criteria mapped to CSM’s general education learning goals and core courses (Word documents).
        • Methods used to assess the core as a whole and individual core courses (pdf files).
        • Article on engineering education from the National Academy of Engineering (pdf files).
      • Guidelines for creating & implementing undergraduate and graduate program assessment plans, with reporting templates, best practice examples, and the assessment committee’s evaluation rubric (Word documents, pdf files).
      • How do I…? tips & guidelines, including:
        • Glossary (Word document).
        • Information about assessment mini-grants (Word documents).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • More links to other assessment resources.

Colorado State University

Colorado State University

  • Symposium Presentations
  • Information from CSU’s PRISM (Program Improvement Research) database of projects, methods, and results. Select a pathway or a question for links to information about:
  • University assessment & continuous improvement policies & practices.
  • Academic and administrative units’ goals, outcomes, & assessment methods
  • Assessment results and impacts.
  • Links go to database search screens, to HTML pages, and to pdf and Powerpoint files. There’s lots of detail, but you have to search for it.
  • Division of Student Affairs
    • The Division of Student Affairs employs SKYfactor as a vehicle to conduct program assessment. It is a website where program assessments are professionally developed, validated, and rooted in research standards. You can request a demonstration from the site.
    • Assessment/Research Results (requires eID authentication)
    • Assessment and Research Symposium (2008-2013)

Columbia College (Missouri)

Columbia College (Missouri)

      • Assessment timeline.
      • Institutional-level assessment
        • Overview.
        • Institutional learning goals (general education outcomes).
        • Calendar.
        • Annual reports (pdf files).
      • Program-level assessment
        • Overview.
        • General education assessment: MAPP/Proficiency Profile assessment reports (pdf files)
        • Major Field Test reports and assessment reports from individual academic departments (pdf files).
      • Course-level assessment
        • Overview.
        • Syllabi for individual courses include learning outcomes.
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Columbia College Chicago (Illinois)

Columbia College Chicago (Illinois)

      • Assessment of student learning
        • Assessment at Columbia
          • Reporting template. Individual programs’ assessment reports are restricted to CCC faculty & staff.
          • General education outcomes (scroll down on the core curriculum page) and examples of assessment methods & results.
          • Support includes examples of developing a program assessment process and of research on student evaluations (pdf files).
          • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Information about the Columbia Assessment Manager online tool (access to the tool itself is restricted to CCC faculty & staff).
      • Information about periodic program review and student course evaluations.
      • Reports from assessment projects (pdf files).

Columbia University (New York)

Columbia University

Student learning is at the heart of each of Columbia University’s educational programs. Understanding how well students are learning through meaningful assessment methods is central to maintaining the quality of our educational offerings. As part of Columbia’s commitment to best practices in this realm, the Provost’s Office has developed a library of resources and tools to support learning outcomes assessment and faculty efforts in this area. These efforts also serve to cross-pollinate ideas and techniques that work best within the Columbia community, and meet state, federal, and accrediting body requirements.

  • Program Plan Template and Instructions
  • dedicated to learning outcomes (password protected, contact Sonia Gugga at ssg34@columbia.edu for access).
  • Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (html files)
  • Learning Outcomes Assessment Information for Developing Program Plans (pdf file).
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Columbus State Community College (Ohio)

Columbus State Community College (Ohio)

      • CSCC assessment policy, procedure, and handbook (pdf files).
      • General education outcomes & (Word documents) associated rubrics.
      • Individual degree programs’ assessment reports (pdf files).
      • Resources
        • Assessment at Columbus State
          • Assessment plan (Word document).
          • Assessment methods, definitions, & checklists (pdf files).
          • NILOA’s Down and In survey report.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • CCSSE & CCFSSE results (pdf files).
      • Reporting form for assessment plans & results (pilot version, Word document).
      • Roles of various assessment committees. Committee minutes are mostly Word documents.

Columbus State University (Georgia)

Columbus State University: Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (Georgia)

      • Annual assessment process and report format for academic & support units (pdf file).
      • Assessment plans & reports from individual academic & support units (pdf files).
      • Results from student surveys and standardized instruments including CAAP and NSSE (pdf files).
      • Institutional progress reports included assessment overviews as well as institutional research data (pdf files).
      • Information about periodic program review (pdf & Excel files, Word documents). Review reports are restricted to CSU faculty & staff.

Community College of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania)

Community College of Allegheny County: Office of Planning & Institutional Research (Pennsylvania)

      • CCAC’s assessment plan (pdf file).
      • Student learning assessment
        • Overview.
        • General education goals (outcomes) and assessment reports (pdf files).
        • Program assessment (pdf files, Word documents)
          • Assessment guide and worksheet.
          • Reporting form & checklist for program assessment plans.
          • Review form & checklist for program assessment results.
        • Classroom assessment reporting form & guidelines (Word document, pdf files).
        • Tools include
          • an assessment handbook (pdf file).
          • a toolkit with guidelines for various assessment methods (pdf, Excel & Powerpoint files).
          • a worksheet for including assessment experiences in faculty members’ teaching portfolios (Word document).
          • a newsletter (Word documents) and tip of the month pages (pdf files).
        • Materials from on-campus workshops (pdf files).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Institutional assessment
        • Information about & from the assessment planning committee, including reports, presentations, and meeting notes (pdf files).
        • Links to Middle States resources.
        • Recommended readings.
      • Student development services assessment
        • Program assessment process and reporting templates (Word documents).
        • On-campus presentation for SDS staff (Powerpoint file).
        • Tools include guidelines for various assessment methods (pdf files, Word document).
        • CCSSE results (Excel files).
      • TracDat manual (pdf file; TracDat access is restricted to CCAC faculty & staff).

Community College of Baltimore County (Maryland)

Community College of Baltimore County (Maryland)

      • CCBC’s assessment philosophy. The learning outcomes assessment booklet (pdf file) is CCBC’s assessment handbook.
      • General education assessment
        • Overview.
        • GREAT (general education assessment team) checklist and rubric for assessment projects, and some project reports (pdf files).
        • MAPP (Proficiency Profile) results (pdf file).
      • Resources for and examples of course assessment projects (pdf files).
      • Overview of and resources for program assessment projects for program and core-competency outcomes, and reports from some projects (pdf files).
      • Institution assessment includes an overview and a report on assessment of a faculty development project (pdf file).
      • LOA resources on classroom processes to improve learning (pdf files).
      • Information about and from CCBC’s assessment and general-education committees (mostly pdf files).

Community College of Rhode Island

Community College of Rhode Island: Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee

      • Information about & from the committee (html pages, Word documents).
      • Resources include:
        • Program assessment reporting form (Word document).
        • On-campus Powerpoint presentations about assessment.
        • Links to other assessment resources.

Concordia College (Minnesota)

Concordia College: Office of Assessment (Minnesota)

      • About assessment at Concordia.
      • Assessment newsletter (pdf files).
      • Information about & from the assessment committee.
        • The assessment guide (handbook) includes links to other resources (pdf file).

Cornell University (New York)

Cornell University, Office of the Provost

Additional information.

  • What Do Students Already Know? (html files)- Information and resources discussing methods to assess students’ background knowledge.
  • Measuring Student Learning (html and pdf files)-Information on numerous methods to assess student learning.
  • Using Rubrics (html and pdf files)-Information on why to use rubrics, development of rubrics, incorporating rubrics in a course, and other online rubric resources.
  • Asking Good Test Questions (html files)-Information regarding what are good test questions, how to develop good test questions, and additional resources (pdf file).
  • Self-Assessment
    * What is self-assessment?
    * Why employ self-assessment?
    * How can you incorporate self-assessment?
    * What else should you consider when incorporating self-assessment?
    * Resources for Incorporating Self-Assessment (html files).
  • Peer Assessment (html files)
    * What is peer-assessment?
    * Theories of active learning (html file)
    * Why employ peer assessment?
    * How can you incorporate peer-assessment? (html files (rubrics and Blackboard) included in this section)
    * What else should you consider when incorporating peer-assessment?
    * Resources for Incorporating Peer Assessment (html and pdf files)
  • Assessment Resources
    * Strategies for Assessing Students (html files)
    * Developing a Plan: Assessment Guide for Courses and Programs
    – Course-Level Assessment Guide for Instructors
    – Program-Level Assessment Guide for Administrators
    – Example of assessment plans (html files)
    * Developing a Plan: Assessment Resources at the Graduate Level (html and pdf files)
    * CTE Working Sessions on Learning Outcomes and Assessment (html file)
  • Overview of assessment.
  • Putting it into practice: Tips & guidelines for developing & implementing assessment processes, with links to examples & other resources.
  • FAQ, with links to other resources.
  • Glossary.
  • University-wide (general education) and college-level learning outcomes.
  • From the core assessment committee: Framework & guidelines for department-level & general education assessment. (Examples for the Knight Institute’s interdisciplinary courses are pdf files.)
  • The Institutional Research & Planning site includes
    • Reports from surveys of students, faculty, staff, & parents (pdf files).
    • Information about periodic academic program review.

Crafton Hills College (California)

Crafton Hills College: Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Planning (California)

      • Institutional effectiveness
        • Student learning outcomes (pdf files unless indicated otherwise).
          • Presentation (Powerpoint file) and status report about assessment at CHC.
          • Assessment plan.
          • General education and institutional learning outcomes and a proposal presentation about institutional learning outcomes.
            • Assessment reports for some institutional learning outcomes (ILOs).
          • Guides, tips, & examples for developing & implementing assessment processes.
          • SLO website
            • Overview of SLOs & assessment.
            • Training presentations: Guides, tips, & examples for developing student learning outcomes.
            • Steps in developing & implementing SLOs & assessment processes (html pages with links to pdf & other resources).
            • Updates on the status of assessment planning & implementation in CHC academic programs (Excel files).
          • Reports from
            • Assessment of academic, student support, & administrative programs. What’s there varies from program to program.
            • Course-level assessment.
          • Online & Word forms for assessment reporting. (Please do not enter anything into the online form.)
          • Access to the e-Lumen assessment management system is restricted to CHC faculty & staff.
        • Surveys: An online form for for mapping course learning outcomes to CHC’s institutional learning outcomes. (Please do not enter anything into this form.)
      • Information about periodic program review (mostly pdf files).
      • Research briefs & reports: Student services and satisfaction surveys include assessment-related reports (pdf files).

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (Virginia)

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College: Institutional Effectiveness Office (Virginia)

      • Resources on assessment reports (Powerpoint presentations & Word documents)
      • Administrative unit tips on report writing
      • Resources include workshop handouts and links to other assessment resources.

Daemen College (New York)

Daemen College: Office of Assessment (New York)

      • Overview of assessment at Daemen.
        • About Daemen’s core curriculum and core competencies (general education outcomes).
      • Core assessment reports include methods for & results from assessment of the core competencies (Word documents, Powerpoint & Excel files).
      • Reporting templates for academic department and administrative unit assessment (Word documents). Reports, learning goal alignment maps, and program review documents are restricted to Daemen faculty & staff.
      • About assessment-related workshops and on-campus events.
      • Resources include workshop handouts (Powerpoint presentations & Word documents) and links to other assessment resources.

Dalton State College (Georgia)

Dalton State College: Office of Institutional Research & Planning (Georgia)

      • Assessment & effectiveness includes information about assessment at DSC (most links are to pdf files):
        • Links to academic and administrative & support departments’ websites.
        • Information about periodic academic program review.
        • Institutional effectiveness (scroll down the alphabetical list)
          • Note: The institutional effectiveness plan overviews DSC’s assessment processes.
          • Assessment methods used by DSC academic programs, including general education learning outcomes & assessment methods. Also see planning and evaluation of educational programs.
          • Assessment reports from individual academic and administrative & support units include program outcomes; some include assessment results.
          • Course and program learning outcomes.
          • College-level competencies and general education outcomes and assessment plan & methods. General education assessment results were not available when last checked.
        • CAAP (general-education assessment) results.
        • Results from surveys of students, alumni, employers, faculty, staff (pdf files).
      • Institutional data has NSSE & FSSE results.
      • Links to other assessment resources (this page) and other resources.

Danville Area Community College (Illinois)

Danville Area Community College: Institutional Effectiveness/Assessment of Student Learning Team (Illinois)

      • Forms & timelines (mostly Word documents)
        • Assessment timeline & responsibilities.
        • Report forms & program-level example.
        • Departmental assessment planning forms & example.
        • General education outcomes and a planning matrix & sample assessments.
        • Examples of course matrices.
      • Assessment champions for each academic division and (Word document) a chart of DACC’s assessment flow & responsibilities.
      • Tips & guidelines for getting started with program assessment.
      • Annual reports (Word documents).
      • Information about & from the assessment team/committee (committee minutes are pdf files).
      • Toolbox: Links to other assessment resources.

Dartmouth College (New Hampshire)

Dartmouth College: Office of Institutional Research (New Hampshire)

      • Assessment resources: Some pages include presentations and worksheets (pdf files and Word documents) and links to other Dartmouth assessment resources.
        • Assessment glossary.
        • Designing assessment plans and developing outcomes statements.
        • Methodology toolkits.
        • Developing surveys.
        • Reporting assessment results.
      • Survey research and reports includes results from student satisfaction surveys (pdf files).

Del Mar College (Texas)

Del Mar College: Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (Texas)

      • Assessment manual (handbook, pdf file).
      • Assessment resources
        • DMC guidelines & tips
          • Guidelines on (pdf files):
          • Authentic assessment,
          • Writing learning outcomes,
          • Using rubrics for grading, and
          • Using assessment results.
        • Material from on-campus workshops for student learning outcomes (pdf file) and for administrative & support units (Powerpoint files).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Guidelines for WEAVEonline (WEAVE access is restricted to DMC faculty & staff).
      • Brief information about assessment committees.
      • CCSSE & CCFSSE results (pdf files).
      • Information about periodic program review (pdf files).

Delaware Technical & Community College

Delaware Technical & Community College

      • Overview of assessment processess at DTCC.
      • Assessment processes for (pdf files):
        • General education outcomes.
        • Academic program units.
        • Educational support units.

Delta College (Michigan)

Delta College (Michigan)

      • Assessment plan (pdf file).
      • Tips for developing & implementing assessment (pdf files).
      • General education
        • Themes are general education learning outcomes.
      • Some academic programs’ learning outcomes (pdf files).
      • Glossary, and information about the assessment committee (pdf files).

DePaul University (Illinois)

DePaul University: Office for Teaching, Learning & Assessment (Illinois)

      • Overview of assessment at DePaul.
      • Overviews of assessing learning at the classroom, program and college levels.
      • Learning goals and outcomes
        • University-wide (general education) goals.
        • Individual academic programs’ learning outcomes (Word documents, pdf files).
        • Tips & resources for curriculum mapping.
      • Template (Word document) and video tutorial for assessment reports, and a university-level summary of assessment results (pdf file). Reports from individual units are restricted to DePaul faculty & staff.
      • Links to other assessment resources. DePaul’s Teaching Commons has additional information about rubrics.
      • Overview of student affairs assessment at DePaul..

DePauw University (Indiana)

DePauw University (Indiana)

      • Guidelines for departmental review include outcomes assessment requirements.
      • The Office of Institutional Research reports NSSE & FSSE results (Excel & pdf files).
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Diablo Valley College (California)

Diablo Valley College (California)

      • WEBSLOS
        • Searchable database of:
          • Course and program SLOs (The alignment matrices [curriculum maps] also show each program’s overall learning outcomes.)
          • Assessment status reports.
          • Assessment schedule & calendar (when various courses are assessed).
          • The course and program assessment history PDFs are restricted to DVC faculty & staff.
          • The alignment matrices (curriculum maps) show each program’s overall learning outcomes.
          • SLO database: Online form for submitting course- & program-level SLOs and assessment results (please do not enter anything into these forms!)
            • The left-hand menu on the main page also has links to this form.
      • Another link to the searchable database of course and program-level SLOs.
      • The left-hand menu has links to the online submission form and restricted links to forms for the history PDFs.

Dixie State University (Utah)

Dixie State University Academic Assessment

The mission of the Office of Academic Assessment is to empower the campus community -which includes faculty, staff, administration- and students, with the skills and resources to assess student learning and work toward continuous improvement.

The principles guiding DSU’s assessment work include:

  • Outcome statements drive what and how student learning is assessed
  • Academic success occurs over time inside and outside the classroom
  • Improving student outcomes includes an analysis of the whole student experience (e.g., prior knowledge, curricula, teaching)
  • Assessment is a continual process towards improvement
  • Student learning is a campus-wide responsibility, and therefore assessment is a collaborative effort
  • Assessment is not only about data collection, but more importantly, it includes answering questions stakeholders care about

Helpful Resources

Assessment Management System

Assessment Planning and Reporting

Assessment Reports

Assessment Conferences

Quick Links

Contact Information

  • jasmine@dixie.edu; Randy Jasmine, Chair-English, Chair-Faculty Senate Academic Assessment Committee.

Doña Ana Community College (New Mexico)

Doña Ana Community College (New Mexico)

      • Toolbox:
        • Assessment Primer (handbook, pdf file).
        • Reporting templates for assessment plans & results, and rubric for evaluating assessment plans (Word documents).
        • Brief language of assessment glossary (Word document).
        • Rubrics for assessing general education outcomes (Word documents).
        • Worksheet for writing assessment goals and guidelines for creating writing assignments and student assessment of assignments (Word documents).
      • Assessment plans and reports from individual academic programs (Word documents, pdf files).
      • General education assessment plan and reports and some course-based common core reports to the New Mexico Department of Higher Education (Word & rtf documents, pdf files).
      • Assessment newsletter (pdf files).
      • Presentations on program assessment from (some) DACC assessment teas (Powerpoint files).
      • Information about the assessment committee.

Duke University (North Carolina)

Duke University: Office of Institutional Research (North Carolina)

      • Information about university committees on academic and educational & administrative support. (The memo from the provost and vice provost is a pdf file.)
        • Presentations from the Committee on Educational & Administrative Support (CAEAS) include (pdf files)
          • training about assessment for educational & administrative support units,
          • a calendar, and
          • the committee’s rubric for evaluating assessment plans & reports.
      • Guidelines (pdf file) & FAQs for WEAVEonline. Access to WEAVEonline is restricted to Duke faculty & staff.
      • Information about and links to online surveys of students, parents, & alumni. (Please do not enter anything into these forms.)
      • Most of the information on the Office of Assessment, Trinity College site deals with student evaluation of courses & faculty. Reports accessible to the public are pdf files.
        • The site also includes information about external sources of assessment-related grants & funding, and links to other assessment resources.
        • The FAQ on the policies and procedures page includes some information about assessment methods other than course evaluation.

East Carolina University (North Carolina)

East Carolina University: Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research (North Carolina)

      • Assessment at ECU
        • Overview of the assessment process.
      • For academic units
        • Annual assessment cycle.
        • Overview of assessment reporting process (pdf documents).
        • Reference guides (template) for assessment reporting and to TracDat reports (pdf files).
        • Global awareness outcomes (pdf file) and reporting template for leadership outcomes (Word document).
      • Assessment cycle and (pdf files) process overview for academic & student support units.
      • Assessment resources
        • The overall institutional effectiveness & assessment process (pdf file).
        • Assessment guidebooks (handbooks) for educational and support units (Word documents).
        • From the assessment review committee
          • Training presentation (Powerpoint file).
          • Annual report template (Powerpoint file).
          • Review rubrics for annual reports (Word documents).
        • Sample assessment plans from ECU academic programs (pdf files).
        • Recommended readings and links to other resources.
        • Information about TracDat & iWebfolio (Word document, pdf file).
      • Information about & from assessment committees (minutes are pdf files).
      • Results from surveys of students & faculty, including NSSE/FSSE (results are pdf files).
      • Information from ECU’s assessment day presentations (mostly Powerpoint files).
      • About periodic academic program review (pdf files).

East Central University (Oklahoma)

East Central University: Center for Assessment and Institutional Research (Oklahoma)

      • ECU’s assessment policy.
      • Faculty guide (FAQ & assessment principles, pdf file).
      • The annual assessment reports include general education outcomes & CAAP results, and summaries of individual degree programs’ assessment methods, results, & impacts (pdf files).
      • The institutional research page has results from surveys of graduating students & alumni (pdf files).

East Georgia State College

East Georgia State College: Office of Institutional Research and Planning

      • Assessment resources
        • General education learning competencies & outcomes (pdf file).
        • Course level template for reporting assessment of general education outcomes (Word documents).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Surveys includes results from CCSSE and other student surveys (pdf files.)
      • SACSCOC accreditation includes EGSC’s quality enhancement plan (QEP, pdf file) and critical thinking rubric (Word document).

East Stroudsburg University (Pennsylvania)

East Stroudsburg University

http://www.esu.edu/faculty_staff/oaa/resources.cfm

Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern Connecticut State University: University Assessment Committee

      • Overview of assessment and FAQ.
      • Assessment plan (Word document).
      • Assessment methods used by ECSU academic departments.
      • Publications
        • Results from student surveys (pdf files).
        • ECSU’s College Portrait (pdf file).
      • On-campus and regional assessment-related events.
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University

      • University assessment plan (pdf file).
      • Information from & about the assessment committee (CASL; minutes and full reports are Word documents, executive summaries are pdf files).
      • Process for assessment in the major:
        • Individual departments’ assessment plans and reports, and summary form for submitting plans/reports (mostly Word documents).
        • Undergraduate and graduate assessment reports summarize assessment activities (recent reports ate Word documents; older ones are pdf files).
      • Assessment requirements for graduate degree programs (pdf file).
      • On-line assessment newsletter (pdf files).
      • General education goals and information about EIU’s electronic writing portfolio, speaking across the curriculum program, and use of the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal. (The goals are listed near the top of the EIU assessment home page. Some of the information about specific projects is in pdf files; some is in Word or rtf documents.)
      • Alumni survey results (Word documents).
      • Information about the Provost’s Award for academic departments’ achievement in academic assessment (pdf files, Word documents).
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness

      • Note: Documents are pdf files unless otherwise indicated.
      • Assessment of student learning
        • Snapshot, required components, and (html page) minimum requirements of the degree program assessment process.
          • The degree program assessment page also has instructions for using TracDat. TracDat access is restricted to EKU faculty & staff.
        • Guidelines and rubrics for general education assessment (mostly Word documents).
        • Information about assessment components of EKU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) was not available when last checked.
      • University level assessment: NSSE & CAAP results and information about how EKU uses them.
      • Information from the University Assessment Committee.
      • Exemplars from EKU colleges and academic programs.
      • More information about using TracDat.
      • Overview of periodic academic program review (pdf & Excel files, Word documents).
      • Assurance of Learning Day resources include:presentations on developing an assessment plan (mostly pdf files).
      • Resources include some guidelines & tips for developing assessment processes.
      • The Institutional Research page includes results from surveys of students, alumni, & faculty (pdf files), and links to currently active online surveys (please do not enter data into these forms).

Eastern Mennonite University (Virginia)

Eastern Mennonite University

Institutional Research and Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness collects, analyzes, and reports data about the university to support decision-making, planning and effectiveness. The office coordinates and supports outcomes assessment efforts in all academic, educational support and administrative units of the university. We value and strive for accuracy, integrity and timeliness.

Annual Institutional Effectiveness Reports (AIER)

EMU’s AIER framework merges departmental assessment, end-of-the-year reporting, and planning into one process with a clear focus on mission and improvement of programs and services.

Web-Based Surveys

The institutional research and effectiveness office supports a wide variety of web-based surveys for the campus. If you are planning a survey, visit our Survey Guidelines and Resources. If your survey is for academic research purposes, be sure to also visit EMU’s Institutional Review Board website first!

Data and Reports

The IR&E Office publishes a variety of reports and data sets for the public, including the EMUFactbook and Common Data Set. We are currently in the process of updating and revising the various publicly available resources.

IR&E email: institutionalresearch@emu.edu

 

 

Eastern New Mexico University

Eastern New Mexico University

      • Information for students, parents, and community (pdf files)
        • The strategic plans include information about assessment at ENMU.
        • Assessment methods & results from general education core courses.
        • Results from student surveys and standardized assessments, including NSSE, MAPP, & ICAT (critical thinking).
      • Information for faculty and staff is restricted to ENMU employees. (Note: non-ENMU viewers may occasionally find this section of the site available, but usually it is not.)

Eastern Oregon University

Eastern Oregon University

      • University learning outcome report.
      • Academic program assessment: Individual programs’ assessment plans & results (pdf files, internal links are to Word documents).
      • General education outcomes, assessment plans, & reports (pdf files, Word documents). Guidelines for general education curriculum (GEC) analysis & data use (pdf file).
      • Degree program assessment reporting template (Word document).
      • Curriculum map of program and general education learning outcomes (pdf file).
      • TracDat user guide. TracDat access is restricted to EOU faculty & staff.

Eastern University (Pennsylvania)

Eastern University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Assessment (Pennsylvania)

      • University assessment plan (pdf file) and calendar.
      • University-wide (general education) learning goals (pdf file).
      • Assessment handbook (pdf file).
      • Reporting templates for assessment plans, reports, & curriculum maps (pdf & Excel files, Word document).
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Edmonds Community College (Washington)

Edmonds Community College (Washington)

      • Entry to exit assessment, including:
        • Information about ECC assessment processes.
        • College-wide abilities (general education outcomes).
        • Individual programs’ learning outcomes (which include include general education outcomes).
        • Learning objectives for individual courses.
      • Assessment support
        • Institutional performance reports include some CCSSE results (pdf files).
        • SIMPLE plans (department-level Strategic Informed Measurable Process Leading to Effectiveness) include information about assessment; see find out more (pdf file). Individual departments’ plans are not available online.

El Camino College (California)

El Camino College (California)

      • Overview of ECC’s assessment process (pdf files), and assessment information for students.
      • History of assessment at ECC, including Powerpoint files from on-campus workshops as well as some pdf files & Word documents.
      • FAQ and assessment principles.
      • Institutional and general education outcomes and (pdf files) assessment reports.
      • Academic programs’ learning outcomes, curriculum matrices, & assessment reports (pdf files).
      • Coordinators’ reports include assessment impacts (pdf files).
      • Assessment committee agendas, minutes, & evaluation rubric (recent agendas & minutes are pdf files, older ones are Word documents).
      • Newsletter (pdf files).
      • Video presentation and calendar of training activities.
      • Resources include
        • ECC outcomes assessment handbook (Word document).
        • FAQs & glossary.
        • TracDat training materials (pdf files, Word documents).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • SAO (service area outcomes): Student affairs & academic support unit assessment plans and (pdf files) a reporting template & example.
        • Some reports include assessment results & impacts.
        • Assessment Resources
          • Assessment Process Overview
          • ECC Assessment Overview Diagram (pdf file)
          • ECC Planning Model (pdf file)
          • Assessment integrated with program review, curriculum, planning, and resource allocation.
          • ECC Assessment Inputs and Outputs (pdf file)
          • The various inputs and outputs of SLO and PLO assessment
          • ECC Assessment and Improving Student Learning Diagram (pdf file)
          • How assessment results are used to improve student learning.
          • Assessment Reports
          • Links to course SLO assessments per program per division for fall 2014 and spring 2015
          • How assessment results are being used to improve learning.

Elgin Community College (Illinois)

Elgin Community College: Office of Compliance, Curriculum and Assessment (Illinois)

      • About assessment at ECC.
      • General education outcomes.
      • The assessECC portal is restricted to ECC faculty & staff.

Elizabeth City State University (North Carolina)

Elizabeth City State University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, & Assessment (North Carolina)

      • The resource manual includes assessment policies and methods (pdf file).
      • Assessments include results from NSSE and other student surveys (pdf files).
      • Links to online surveys (restricted to ECSU students, faculty, & staff).
      • Information about the TaskStream assessment management system.
      • ECSU’s College Portrait.

Elon University (North Carolina)

Elon University: Institutional Research Office (North Carolina)

      • Assessment
        • Overview of institution-wide assessment activities. The examples are results from surveys of students & alumni (pdf file).
        • Brief overview of department-level assessment.
      • Reports & surveys include NSSE results.
      • General studies (general education) learning goals and outcomes.

Emory University (Georgia)

Emory University: Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (Georgia)

      • Overview of assessment at Emory.
      • The context of assessment: FAQ about assessment.
      • Assessment tools: Links to assessment resources elsewhere (pdf files).
      • Assessment timelines and (pdf files) reporting templates for academic and administrative & support units.
        • Best practices for academic outcomes assessment: Overview of key steps.
        • Sample reports and evaluation rubric (pdf files).
        • Reporting guide for administrative & support units (pdf file).
      • Information from & about Emory’s assessment committees. (Mostly html pages, some pdf files).
      • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Survey reports were not available when last checked.
      • Information about Campus Life (student affairs) assessment.

Erie Community College (New York)

Erie Community College (New York)

      • For each program, see the program competencies expected upon graduation.

Estrella Mountain Community College (Arizona)

Estrella Mountain Community College: Student Academic Achievement Committee (Arizona)

      • General education abilities (outcomes): Details about each outcome. Some include rubrics; some include results summaries (pdf files, Word documents).
      • Information about and from EMCC’s comprehensive assessment tracking system (CATS; a blog format).
      • Assessment Happens newsletters and information about & from annual assessment awareness weeks (pdf, Powerpoint, & video files).
      • Resources
        • Student academic achievement plan: Overview of assessment at EMCC (Word document).
        • College-wide annual reports (pdf files, Word documents).
        • Assessment committee (SAAC) minutes (Word documents).
        • Information about assessment in action events at EMCC.

Fairleigh Dickinson University (New Jersey)

Fairleigh Dickinson University: Provosts’ Learning Outcomes Assessment Advisory Committee (New Jersey)

      • About PLOAAC.
      • University-wide (general education) outcomes (assessment goals) and information about how program (etc.) outcomes are related to the university-wide goals.
        • Overview and resources for assessment of information literacy.
      • Glossary.
      • Assessment planning template and tips.
      • Information about on-& off-campus training (professional development) opportunities.
      • Library resources, & links to other resources (this site).

Fashion Institute of Technology (State University of New York)

Fashion Institute of Technology: Center for Excellence in Teaching (State University of New York)

      • Video presentation: Pathways to Assessment While Keeping “Soul” in the Arts.
      • FIT examples of assessment rubrics for visual arts assignments & courses (pdf files).
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Fayetteville State University (North Carolina)

Fayetteville State University (North Carolina)

      • College of Arts & Sciences
        • Information brochure: overview of the assessment process (pdf file)
        • FAQ, brief overview of SLOs, steps for program assessment, and instructions for department chairs & assessment coordinators.
        • Handbook (pdf file).
        • Assessment form layout (pdf file) and blank forms (pdf and Word documents) for individual academic programs.
        • Tutorials (pdf files) and video guides for the TaskStream data management system (TaskStream access is restricted to FSU faculty & staff).
        • Powerpoint presentations and webinar.
      • School of Education
        • Operational and assessment plans (pdf files).
        • TaskStream assistance (TaskStream access is restricted to FSU students, faculty & staff).
        • Student, alumni, & employer survey instruments & results (pdf files).
      • The University Testing Service site has results from university-wide student surveys and from CLA & CBASE general education instruments (pdf files).

Fayetteville Technical Community College (North Carolina)

Fayetteville Technical Community College: Office of Human Resources/Workforce Development and Institutional Effectiveness (North Carolina)

      • Assessment overview and timeline (pdf files).
      • Tips & guidelines for how to build an assessment plan (pdf files).
      • FAQ and information for department supervisors (pdf files).
      • General education core curriculum and core competencies (pdf files).
      • Instructions for WEAVEonline (pdf files; WEAVE access is restricted to FTCC faculty & staff).

Ferris State University (Michigan)

Ferris State University (Michigan)

      • Assessment plan.
        • Current & previous plans (pdf files).
        • Definitions, tips, & an overview of FSU assessment activities.
      • General education assessment
        • University-wide learning outcomes (pdf file) & general education outcomes areas, and assessment plan.
        • Academic Profile/Proficiency Profile & NSSE results (pdf files) and notes on other general education assessments at FSU.
      • Results from FSU’s college and beyond survey of graduating students (pdf files).
      • Assessment progress reporting guide and reports from individual academic programs (pdf files).
      • Support
        • FSU programs to support & assist assessment activities, including mini-grants (html pages, pdf files).
        • Guidelines for writing learning outcomes (pdf file).
        • Glossary.
        • Information about using TracDat (pdf files; TracDat access is restricted to FSU faculty & staff).
        • Also see areas of faculty expertise.
      • Strategies and resources for developing and implementing outcomes assessment processes (html pages, pdf files).
      • Strategies for academic program assessment and information about periodic academic program review.
      • Information about & from FSU’s assessment committees (minutes are pdf files).
      • Best practices from FSU courses and programs (pdf files).
      • Ferris presents: Material from on-campus workshops and faculty reports from assessment conferences (pdf & Powerpoint files).
      • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Student Affairs’ assessment process and (pdf files) summary reports, newsletter, and survey data.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University: Office of University Assessment

      • Overview of assessment at FAMU.
      • About us includes FAMU’s assessment philosophy.
      • The FAMOUS assessment process
        • FAQ about assessment & academic learning compacts.
        • About the FAMOUS process: Steps (Word document) & flowchart (Powerpoint file).
        • Calendar (pdf files).
        • Assessment planning forms & examples. for academic, administrative, & support units (Word documents; the instructions include a Powerpoint file with FAMU’s assessment cycle).
      • Annual assessment reports are restricted to FAMU faculty & staff.
      • Individual degree programs’ academic learning compacts (ALCs) include learning outcomes and assessment methods (Word documents).
      • Assessment communication:
        • Reports on assessment activities & status (institutional reports are Word documents & Excel files; ALC status reports are pdf files; annual reports are restricted to FAMU faculty & staff).
        • Newsletter (mostly pdf files).
        • Policies & procedures for assessment activities (pdf files, Word documents).
      • Minutes from institution-wide and general-education assessment committees (Word documents; the policies and guidelines are a pdf file).
      • Commonly administered assessments include Proficiency Profile and support-services survey data (pdf files).
      • Assessment tools include:
        • Templates, examples, and documentation for reporting assessment plans and results (Word documents & Powerpoint presentations).
        • Inventory of assessment methods in use at FAMU (Excel files & Word documents), and login for online graduating-seniors survey.
          • Includes access (for FAMU students) to online surveys, Word documents with other surveys, and (pdf files) NSSE results.
        • Presentations from on-campus workshops (Powerpoint & pdf files).
        • Guidelines & forms for periodic program review and discipline-specific accreditation (pdf & Excel files).
        • FAMU’s strategic plan and related information (pdf files).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • The web-based assessment system is restricted to FAMU faculty & staff.

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis

        • Overview and (pdf file) assessment plan.
        • Student learning outcomes assessment: Individual academic programs’ academic learning compacts include content-based and general education student learning goals (pdf files).
        • The Assessment Database is restricted to FSU faculty and staff.
        • Assessment resources has extensive links to other assessment resources.
        • FAQ.
        • General education outcomes.
        • Links to resources about rubrics.
        • Results from surveys of students & alumni, including NSSE results (html pages, pdf & Powerpoint files).

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University: Office of Planning and Institutional Performance

      • Diagram (integrated view) of FGCU assessment process.
      • Summary of Florida State University system academic learning compact (ALC) process (pdf file).
      • Learning outcomes for individual academic programs (a large pdf file).
      • Academic units’ assessment plans (pdf files).
      • Administrative units’ assessment plans (mht files will open in Internet Explorer but may not open in other browsers).
      • External assessments: Reports from institution-wide surveys, including NSSE results (pdf, Excel & Powerpoint files).
      • Survey page: Tips for designing and using surveys.
      • Resources:
        • Reporting timelines (pdf files).
        • Materials from on-campus presentations (Powerpoint files).
        • About the annual report process.
        • Links to other assessment resources.

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology: Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation

      • Assessment
        • Glossary.
        • Information about & from assessment committees. The academic program assessment committee’s page includes guidelines, tips, & examples (mostly pdf files).
        • Information about using WEAVEonline. WEAVE access is restricted to Florida Tech faculty & staff.
      • Resources related to SACS accreditation.

Florida International University

Florida International University: Office of Academic Planning and Accountability

      • FIU’s assessment policies and (Word documents) cycle.
      • Academic assessment: Overviews and (Word documents) reporting templates for university-wide, core curriculum, and program-specific student learning outcomes.
        • See academic learning compacts in the main menu for individual programs’ learning outcomes. (The regulations are a Word document. Most programs’ ALC direct measures and curriculum maps are Excel files; a few are Word documents.)
      • Administrative assessment: Reporting templates & instructions for administrative units and centers & institutes (Word documents).
      • The handbook is available in pdf and html formats.
        • Tips and guidelines on how to plan & implement assessment, with links to appropriate handbook chapters.
      • FAQ.
      • Resources
        • Assessment newsletters (pdf files).
        • Glossary, in pdf and html formats.
        • Information about & from assessment training events (Word documents).
        • A book list (Excel file) and annotated bibliography (Word document) from APA’s assessment library.
        • Links to other assessment resources, and resources for rubrics and curriculum maps.
      • Information about the assessment committee (Word documents).
      • Instructions & help for TracDat (TracDat access is restricted to FIU faculty & staff).
      • Information about periodic academic program review (html pages, Word documents).

Foothill College (California)

Foothill College (California)

      • History of outcomes assessment at Foothill.
      • Institutional (general education) learning outcomes and (pdf files) associated rubrics.
      • Guidelines for developing course- & program-level learning outcomes & assessment processes.
      • Public database of academic, service, & administrative units’ outcomes.
      • Assessment calendar & planning information (pdf files).
      • Toolbox
        • TracDat user guides (pdf files). TracDat access is restricted to Foothill faculty & staff.
        • Sample reports (WinZipped archive of pdf files).
        • Links to other resources (mostly pdf files).
      • Reports & examples from course- & program-level, general education, administrative, & service area assessment (pdf files; some open in Internet Explorer but may not open in other browsers. Administrative-unit summaries are in a WinZipped archive.)

Fresno City College (California)

Fresno City College (California)

Fresno State University (California)

Fresno State University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness

The assessment of student learning, student development, and program outcomes is essential to the health and vitality of academic programs at California State University, Fresno. The primary purpose of assessment at the course, program, and institutional level is to further student engagement and student learning. However, assessment results are also used by programs to advance student learning through improved instruction and curricula. Accreditation agencies for various professional areas as well as the institution itself all have assessment standards that require the connection of student performance to a program’s stated mission, goals, and outcomes.

Planning at the programmatic level to assess student learning outcomes is reflected in the program’s Student Outcomes Assessment Plan (SOAP)which should be maintained at the department/program level and should be updated periodically to reflect assessment activities and results and changing circumstances.

Since every academic program has a SOAP, and has carried out on-going assessment, the emphasis now is on how programs can use assessment results in order to either demonstrate that student’s are achieving the designated learning outcomes or to make adjustments to the curriculum and program in order to assist student’s in achieving proficiency in the required learning outcomes. Program level assessment is also directly connected to institutional values and outcomes which can be reviewed by clicking on the link below.

  • Student outcomes assessment projects (SOAPs) policy, overview, examples (html pages), reporting templates (Word documents), and individual programs’ SOAPs reports (pdf files).
  • The assessment blog includes details about CSUF’s assessment process.
  • Assessment Guide online handbook. Internal links go to html pages and pdf files.
  • Glossary of assessment terms.
  • General education outcomes (Word documents), rubrics for general education outcomes & recommendations for using rubrics (pdf files), and reports from relevant committees (Word documents).
  • Descriptions of assessment and survey methods (most are pdf files).
  • Current faculty projects funded by campus assessment grants and RFP information (pdf files) for new grants.
  • Effectiveness and lessons learned: Examples of using assessment results for program improvement (html pages, pdf files).
  • Research & Reports / Reports, Surveys & Studies include CLA and NSSE results and analyses (pdf files).
  • Training & assistance: Guidelines for developing & implementing assessment plans (pdf and mov video files).
  • Information about academic program review.
  • Links to other assessment resources (on the main page and in Assessment Help).

Frostburg State University (Maryland)

Frostburg State University: Office of Assessment & Institutional Research (Maryland)

      • Assessment of student learning
        • History of assessment planning at FSU (the strategic plan and Middle States resources are pdf files).
        • Student learning assessment (SLA) plan (pdf file).
        • General education outcomes, (pdf files) guidelines, and (Word documents) associated rubrics.
        • Assessment committees
          • Student learning assessment advisory group (SLAAG).
          • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) assessment council
            • Assessment reporting templates (Word documents) & checklist (pdf file).
        • NSSE results (pdf files) and information about FSU’s use of the CLA.
        • Information about the VSA, and FSU’s College Portrait.
        • Information & resources
          • Institutional learning goals (pdf file).
          • Guides for developing learning goals and assessment plans (pdf files; the template and update form are Word documents).
          • Links to other assessment resources (html pages, pdf files).
      • The institutional assessment page has additional resource links.

Gallaudet University (Washington, DC)

Gallaudet University: Office of Academic Quality (Washington, DC)

      • Overview and (pdf file) policy on assessment at Gallaudet.
      • Instructions and examples: Guidelines & example for an assessment plan.
      • Guidelines for using WEAVEonline (pdf files; WEAVE access is restricted to Gallaudet faculty & staff).
        • Evaluation rubric for program reports (Word document).
      • Syllabus template and examples (Word document, pdf files).
        • Sample rubrics (pdf files) and links to resources about rubrics.
      • Individual academic programs’ student learning outcomes (Excel file).
      • Gallaudet’s senior assessment and senior literacy assessment
        • Senior assessment
          • Institutional (general education) outcomes.
          • Plan & timeline for senior assessments.
          • Related documents (Word documents, pdf file).
        • Literacy assessment
          • Annual reports (pdf & Powerpoint files, Word documents).
          • Associated rubrics (pdf files).
      • Information about the assessment council.
      • The institutional research site has reports from NSSE/FSSE (pdf, Excel, & Powerpoint files, Word documents) and other surveys (pdf files).

Gavilan College (California)

Gavilan College: Office of Institutional Research (California)

      • Assessment plan, timeline, schedule (Word documents) and guidelines (pdf file).
      • Reporting forms, worksheets, & example (mostly Word documents). The reporting site is restricted to GC faculty & staff.
      • The institutional, program, & course outcomes were not available when last checked.
      • Information from & about the assessment committee (minutes & agendas are pdf files; the member list is a Word document).
      • Newsletter (pdf files).
      • Links to other assessment resources.

George Mason University (Virginia)

George Mason University: Office of Institutional Assessment (Virginia)

      • How to…: Tips & guidelines for planning & implementing outcomes assessment. (Some pages have links to additional resources.)
      • FAQ.
      • General education assessment process.
        • Overview, schedule, and (pdf file) guidelines.
        • General education goals and learning outcomes.
        • Why assessment? includes links to some survey results (pdf files).
        • About general education course portfolio assessment.
        • Assessment methods and results (pdf files).
      • Students as scholars (GMU’s Quality Enhancement Plan): Overview, rubrics, & reports (pdf files).
      • Survey reports & data include results from NSSE and other surveys (pdf files).
      • Survey calendar & (pdf files) instruments, and links (for students) to active surveys.
        • Tips & guidelines for creating & administering effective surveys, with links to other resources.
      • News includes OIA presentations (pdf files).
      • Information about periodic academic program review (pdf & Excel files). The guide indicates how learning outcomes assessment is included in program reviews.
      • Information about on-campus workshops.
      • Access to MATS (GMU’s online assessment tracking system) is restricted to GMU faculty & staff.
      • Resources (pdf files, Word documents) include:
        • The How to… guide.
        • Glossary.
        • Suggested readings and links to other resources.

Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)

Georgetown University: Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship (Washington, D.C.)

      • FAQ.
      • Guidelines & tips for course– and program-level assessment (also listed as what do faculty need to know? and what do departments need to know?)
      • Information about assessment mini-grants (pdf files).
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Georgia College & State University

Georgia College & State University

      • Login to GC’s online assessment reporting system (restricted to GC faculty & staff).
      • Institutional effectiveness policy & flowchart.
      • SMART assessment process flowchart, pdf file of a Powerpoint presentation, and (pdf files) sample reports.
        • Compliance Assist access is restricted to GC faculty & staff.
      • Overviews & flowcharts for academic department progress & planning reports and administrative units’ planning & assessment reports.
      • Schedule for assessment activities & reports.
      • About GCSU’s annual assessment day.
      • Assessment resources include:
        • University & core (general education) learning goals & outcomes (pdf files).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Core resources: Core (general education) assessment plans & rubrics (pdf files; the 2012 assessment plan is a Word document).
      • The Office of Institutional Research survey reports includes the CLA and NSSE results (pdf & Excel files).

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology: Office of Assessment

      • FAQ.
      • Access to online assessment reporting (OATS) and data-retrieval (ADORS) systems (restricted to Georgia Tech faculty & staff).
      • Documents (mostly pdf files)
        • Downloads of information about OATS.
        • Guidelines for and examples of academic programs’ assessment plans and OATS reports.
        • Reports on assessment of general education goals.
        • Survey reports are restricted to Georgia Tech faculty & staff.
        • Workshops and presentations about assessment.
      • Resources include guidelines for writing outcomes.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Current assessment news includes recent survey results (html pages, pdf files).
      • Information about NSSE and (pdf file) an invitation for student participation.

Georgia Perimeter College

Georgia Perimeter College: Center for Teaching and Learning

      • GPC assessment principles, plan, & flowchart.
      • General education outcomes and curriculum maps.
      • Summary of academic disciplines’ assessment methods.
      • Guidelines and summaries for academic program review.
      • Information about the assessment committee.

Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness

      • Assessment
        • Academic assessment:
          • Guidelines and materials from training workshops & retreats (pdf & video files).
          • Mission statement template (Word document).
        • Administrative assessment
          • Training Powerpoint.
          • Assessment plan template (Word document), example, & rubric (pdf files).
      • General education outcomes and overview of general education assessment (pdf files).
      • Conference presentations (pdf & Powerpoint files, Word documents).

Georgia State University

Georgia State University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness

      • Academic assessment & review: Brief overview of learning outcomes assessment at GSU.
        • Resources: Guidelines for planning & implementing assessment processes (pdf files, Word document).
      • Overview & process for periodic academic program review.
      • Periodic administrative and support unit review (ASUR)
        • About ASUR: overview, process, and (pdf file) roles & responsibilities.
        • Completed reviews (Word documents, pdf & Excel files). Note: Information for senior executives and the ASUR committee says that these documents are password protected. They were not when last checked.
        • Self-study templates (pdf files).
        • Information for administrative units includes an overview of the process and tips & guidelines (pdf files).
      • Institutional research: Surveys
        • Resources for in-house surveys.
        • Reports from surveys of students & alumni, including NSSE results (Word documents, pdf & Excel files).
      • Access to WEAVEonline is restricted to GSU faculty & staff

Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania)

Gettysburg College: Office of Institutional Analysis (Pennsylvania)

      • Assessment-related organization chart (pdf file).
      • General education goals and information about Gettysburg’s general education program, and detailed curricular and co-curricular learning outcomes (pdf files) for each goal.
      • Responsibilities, plans, accomplishments of COLA (Committee on Learning Assessment) and CLAG (Co-curricular Learning Assessment Group).
        • Both pages include Gettysburg’s assessment handbook and links to assessment information from Middle States (pdf files).
        • The COLA page includes Gettysburg’s general education learning goals.
        • The CLAG page includes the plan for co-curricular learning assessment (pdf files).
      • Schedule of major surveys used at Gettysburg (pdf file). The reports of findings are restricted to Gettysburg faculty & staff.
      • Additional studies conducted by the IA office (pdf file).
      • Most faculty resources are pdf files. Survey results and program-level resources are restricted to Gettysburg faculty & staff.
        • The page also includes links to other assessment resources.
      • Resources for co-curricular programs include learning goals (outcomes), assessment guidelines (pdf files), reporting templates (Word documents), and links to other assessment resources. Assessment summaries are restricted to Gettysburg faculty & staff.
      • College surveys: Results are restricted to Gettysburg faculty & staff.
      • Assessment newsletters.

Golden West College (California)

Golden West College: Institutional Effectiveness Committee (California)

      • Assessment philosophy and (Word document) plan.
      • Institutional student learning outcomes and assessment schedule.
      • Program SLOs and assessment schedules (pdf files).
        • General education and basic skills.
        • Degree and certificate programs.
      • Information about the committee.
      • Assessment reporting forms & instructions for courses, academic programs, & student services programs (Word documents).
      • Tutorials (videos and pdf files).
      • Glossary.
      • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Note: The rubrics for evaluating assessment implementation and institutional effectiveness in the appendices to the performance indicators (Word) document were not available when last checked.

Gonzaga University (Washington)

Gonzaga University: Office of Outcomes Assessment (Washington)

      • Note: All are Word documents unless otherwise specified.
      • The interim report (pdf file), assessment analysis, assessment newsletter, and the Texas A&M article and final powerpoint (Powerpoint file) describe assessment developments at Gonzaga.
      • Rubrics for students’ written papers & reports.
      • Guidelines for primary trait analysis (assessment-based grading process).
      • Forms for academic departments’ assessment reports and assessment committee evaluation.
      • Information about assessment mini-grants.
      • Results from Gonzaga’s alumni surveys.

Grand Canyon University (Arizona)

Grand Canyon University: Office of Assessment (Arizona)

      • About the Office of Assessment, the assessment committee, and student learning assessment methods used at GCU.
      • Surveys used at GCU.
      • Glossary.
      • Links to other resources.

Grand Valley State University (Michigan)

Grand Valley State University: Office of Assessment and Accreditation (Michigan)

      • Guiding principles of assessment at GVSU (pdf file).
      • Assessment definitions and issues.
      • Assessment cycles and examples of assessment at GVSU (pdf & Powerpoint files, Word documents).
      • Types of assessment at GVSU: Information about CLA general education and SAILS information literacy assessments.
        • see CLA & SAILS reports (pdf files).
      • Assessment tools: About surveys, rubrics, & focus groups (html & pdf files, Word documents; Portfolios is a Word document with one department’s learning outcomes).
      • Assessment presentations by GVSU faculty & staff (Powerpoint files) and information (pdf file) about an on-campus assessment conference.
      • Resources: Materials from the on-campus conference (mostly pdf files).
      • Access to WEAVEonline (restricted to GVSU faculty & staff).

Hagerstown Community College (Maryland)

Hagerstown Community College (Maryland)

      • Overview of assessment.
      • Glossary (pdf file).
      • General education outcomes (pdf file).
      • Reporting templates & guides for course- and program-level assessment and a sample report matrix (Word documents, pdf file).
      • Assessment results (pdf files) include:
        • Examples of course- and program-level assessment.
        • Results from standardized general education tests (CAAP & MAPP).
        • Results from standardized discipline-specific tests.
      • The online newsletter includes assessment-related information (pdf files).

Hamline University (Minnesota)

Hamline University (Minnesota)

      • Assessment plan & standards (pdf file).
      • Outcomes:University-wide (general education outcomes and (Excel file) alignment matrix of program- and university-level outcomes.
        • Program-level reporting template & examples (pdf files).
      • Resources include:
        • Hamline’s assessment framework & flowchart (pdf files).
        • Tutorials, assessment methods & models, & closing the loop resources:
          • Assessment plan template and materials from on-campus workshops (mostly pdf files).
          • Guidelines for Blackboard’s assessment management tools.
          • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Information about:
        • The assessment committee and other campus assessment resources.
        • Upcoming on-campus workshops & events.
      • The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment reports NSSE results. Other survey results are restricted to Hamline faculty, staff, & students.

Harford Community College (Maryland)

Harford Community College: Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness (Maryland)

      • Overview of assessment.
      • Institutional effectiveness
        • IE assessment process (pdf file).
        • The outcomes assessment report includes HCC’s general education outcomes and summaries of some program-level assessment processes & results (pdf file).
        • CCSSE and other survey reports are restricted to HCC faculty & staff.
      • Information from & about the assessment committee.
        • Links to other assessment resources.

Hartwick College (New York)

Hartwick College (New York)

      • Overview of assessment at Hartwick.
      • Glossary.
      • The FAQ includes general education learning outcomes.
      • Steps in the assessment process include a link to (pdf file) Hartwick’s college-wide assessment plan.
      • Information about Hartwick’s assessment committees.
      • Pages with links to other resources (html pages, pdf files, Word documents) include:
        • Tools.
        • Resources.

Haverford College (Pennsylvania)

Haverford College: Institutional Effectiveness Committee (Pennsylvania)

      • About assessment at Haverford, and about the IE Committee (html pages, pdf files).
      • Student learning assessment
        • Overview, and video of recent assessment experiences.
        • Tips for getting started with assessments.
        • Campus resources
          • College-wide (general education) goals & aspirations.
          • Individual academic departments’ learning goals (pdf files).
            • Guidelines for developing & implementing department-level learning assessment processes (pdf files).
            • Assessment primer presentation (pdf file).
            • Links to other assessment resources.
        • Results from alumni surveys (pdf files) and some departments’ information about their alumni.
      • Institutional effectiveness includes information about program assessment (periodic program review).
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Heartland Community College (Illinois)

Heartland Community College (Illinois)

      • Overview of assessment.
      • General education learning outcomes.
      • Information for faculty: How HCC uses Blackboard to manage assessment information.
      • About HCC’s Cornerstone outcomes-alignment project.
      • Information for students about assessment testing.
      • Information about the assessment committee.

Hendrix College (Arkansas)

Hendrix College (Arkansas)

      • Individual academic departments’ assessment plans & reports (pdf files).
      • Annual assessment reporting form (pdf file).
      • NSSE results (pdf files).

Highland Community College (Kansas)

Highland Community College (Kansas)

      • Assessment plan and faculty responsibility for assessment.
      • General education outcomes.
        • About CAAP, and (pdf files) trends on CAAP subtests.
      • Annual reports of courses assessed and instructor review of the assessment process (pdf files).
        • The online instructor review survey is restricted to HCC faculty & staff.
      • Still to come: Courses being assessed.
      • Links to other resources.

Highline Community College (Washington)

Highline Community College: Standards, Outcomes, & Competencies Committee (Washington)

      • Tips on developing & implementing the outcomes assessment process for academic programs.
      • The examples and the department reporting form are Word documents. The sample report is a pdf file.
      • Information about the SOCC committee.
        • Annual assessment calendar (schedule).
        • Review & feedback process for department reports (the review form is a Word document).
      • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Student services assessment
        • Process and development timeline.
        • Training & resources include (pdf files):
          • A workbook with assessment tips, glossary, & bibliography.
          • Worksheets & reporting templates.
          • Presentations.
        • Individual department and annual summary reports (pdf files).

Hocking College (Ohio)

Hocking College: Office of Assessment of Student Academic Achievement (Ohio)

      • Hocking’s assessment plan (see the accreditation report chapter, pdf file).
        • The Ohio Board of Regents’ student success plan information was not available when last checked.
        • Hocking’s success plan diagram and narrative were not available when last checked.
      • Success skills: General education goals & outcomes.
      • Resources (pdf files)
        • Glossary.
        • Rubrics associated with general education outcomes.
        • Hocking’s assessment process and measures.
      • Program portfolios have individual academic programs’ assessment plans, results, and changes in response to assessment results (pdf files).
      • The institutional research site includes CCSSE results (pdf file).

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong Polytechnic University: Educational Development Centre

      • FAQ.
      • Overview of outcomes-based education (OBE) in PolyU.
      • EDC training activities and support for OBE, and news about OBE projects at PolyU.
        • Some reports are available as pdf files.
        • Academic programs’ learning assessment plans are restricted to PolyU faculty & staff.
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Houghton College (New York)

Houghton College: Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (NewYork)

      • Assessment
        • Policies & guidelines on assessment and program self-studies (pdf files).
        • Institutional (general education) and some academic programs’ learning outcomes (pdf files).
        • Benchmark (college-wide) assessment: Results from standardized tests & surveys, including NSSE, CLA, & Proficiency Profile summaries (most are pdf files; some are still to come).
        • Resources: Tips, guidelines, & reporting templates (pdf files, Word documents).
        • Assessment committee minutes (pdf files).
      • Resources include links to other assessment resources.

Howard University (Washington, D.C.)

Howard University: Office of Institutional Assessment & Evaluation (Washington, D.C.)

      • About OIAE: Overview of assessment at Howard.
      • Annual assessment calendar.
      • Reports include overviews of assessment results (assessment dashboards), and results from surveys and special projects (pdf files; recent reports are on the main page’s right-hand menu).
      • Online newsletters (pdf files): OIAE newsletter & reports, and Opinions Matter (survey results).
      • Links to other assessment resources (when last checked, most were pdf files).

Humboldt State University (California)

Humboldt State University (California)

      • Core competencies & associated (general education) learning outcomes.
      • Assessment activities: Assessment process for core competencies in academic programs, including some rubrics & reporting forms (pdf files)
      • Information about academic program review
        • PREP (Compliance Assist) manual (pdf file; Compliance Assist access is restricted to HSU faculty & staff).
        • Program review documents are restricted to HSU faculty & staff.
      • Information about student achievement includes CLA+ & NSSE reports and reports from other surveys of students & Alumni (pdf files).
      • Administrative & support units assessment process overview, with a handbook (pdf file) and guidelines, reporting template, evaluation rubric, & summary report (Word documents).

Hutchinson Community College (Kansas)

Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson Community College provides many assessment resources for its faculty and staff. The Teaching and Learning Resource Center in Lockman Hall 111 houses books on various assessment techniques available for HCC faculty to check out. Past issues of the Assessment Update and many articles on assessment are also available. Also, the Hutchinson Community College Assessment Handbook provides an overview of assessment at HCC, a glossary of common assessment terms, and a few helpful assessment ideas.

Idaho State University

Idaho State University: Office of Institutional Research

      • Assessment handbooks (pdf files) for program and course assessment, adapted from the University of Massachusetts Amherst handbooks. Appendix 5-B in the program assessment handbook has information about ISU’s annual reporting process.
      • Assessment bibliography and links to other assessment resources.

Illinois College

Illinois College: Assessment Committee

      • The assessment handbook includes policies, guidelines, and reporting forms for academic programs and administrative & support units. Chapters are available as html pages; the whole handbook is available as a pdf file.

Illinois Eastern Community College

Illinois Eastern Community College

Frontier College, Lincoln Trail College, Olney Central College, and Wabash Valley College

This is a district website that has links to multiple areas:

 

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges

Assessment

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges strive to put students first by… “delivering exceptional education and services to improve the lives of our students and to strengthen our communities.”

Students First! is an ongoing institution-wide effort to engage all aspects of the institution in the measurement and improvement of student learning.  Putting students first in all we do ensures their success while at IECC and in the future at another four-year institution or in the workplace.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University: University Assessment Services

      • Most links in the assessment plan tutorial are to pdf files. The assessment plan worksheet is a Word document.
      • Program assessment: Individual academic programs’ student learning objectives and (in many cases) assessment methods (pdf files).
        • Assessment advisory council (AAC) process for review of assessment plans (PRAAP):
          • Review process, flow chart, and evaluation rubric (pdf files).
          • Form for annual updates (Word document).
          • Online survey for PRAAP feedback (please do not enter anything into this form)
        • Assessment academy team rubric and feedback form for assessment plans (pdf files).
        • General education
          • FAQ about general education assessment at ISU.
          • General education goals and (pdf file) outcomes.
          • Assessment process and (pdf files) rubrics for the primary goals.
          • Policies and (pdf file) assessment manual.
          • Information for assessment reviewers (pdf file).
      • Surveys include information about student surveys at ISU, including NSSE/FSSE results. Reports are pdf files.
      • Professional development:
        • Workshop presentations by UAS staff (Powerpoint files).
        • List of upcoming national & regional assessment-related conferences & workshops.
      • About UAS
        • About the assessment advisory council.
        • Progressive Measures newsletter (pdf files).
        • About the assessment initiative award (guidelines and newsletter articles are pdf files).
        • Links to other assessment resources.

Indiana State University

Indiana State University

      • About assessment at ISU
        • Conceptual framework (pdf file).
        • Information from & about the assessment council and leadership team (minutes are pdf files).
      • Timelines for academic assessment and administration of standardized instruments. The Office of Institutional Research page has NSSE and other survey reports (pdf files).
      • FAQ.
      • Resources:
        • Academic program assessment plan template and evaluative rubric (Word documents).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Information about ISU’s participation in HLC’s Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning (pdf files).
      • Access to TaskStream is restricted to ISU faculty & staff.

Indiana University Kokomo

Indiana University Kokomo: Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

Role of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (CTLA)

The CTLA, as part of Academic Affairs, is the administrative unit which supports faculty engagement in effective assessment of student learning at the course level. CTLA also supports program level assessment by maintaining this assessment website for both course level and program level assessment.

The faculty, staff, and administration of Indiana University Kokomo share responsibility for assessing their unit’s role in achieving the mission of IU Kokomo and in promoting student learning. Academic Affairs and in collaboration with departments, the Faculty Senate Assessment Committee, and the Educational Policies Committee guide and assist units in their assessment efforts. The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in Faculty Development and Success offers consultation on all aspects of the program assessment process, including writing plans, designing activities, collecting and analyzing data, and writing reports.

CTLA Web Resources for Assessment

To support a culture of assessment, CTLA offers these online resources for faculty and staff. These online resources include the nine principles of good practice for assessing student learning, explanations for concepts and terms used as a common assessment language, the IU Kokomo’s Assessment Policy, assessment activities, assessment results, and links to assessment resources from other institutions.

      • Nine Principles of Good Practice
      • IU Kokomo Assessment Policy
      • Assessment Results
      • CTLA Assessment Plans
      • Common Assessment Concepts and Terms
      • Assessment Activities and Calendar
      • Assessment Resources CTLA Assessment Reports

Indiana University Southeast

Indiana University Southeast: Office of Institutional Effectiveness

      • About us includes a history of assessment at IUS.
      • Assessment update
        • Summary of the year’s assessment-reporting activity.
        • Reporting instructions (pdf files).
        • Guidelines for program assessment coordinators (pdf file).
      • Program assessment
        • An overview of IUS’s assessment process.
        • A program report example and reporting instructions (pdf files).
        • A handbook (pdf files).
        • Assessment summaries from individual academic programs.
        • Resources, including information about:
          • Curriculum mapping, with examples from IUS and elsewhere.
          • Assessment mini-grants.
      • Overview of general education assessment, including learning outcomes and (pdf files) the general education assessment cycle and assessment committee reports.
      • Reports and surveys include results from IUS surveys of students & faculty (institutional assessments, pdf files) and information about NSSE. The IUS NSSE report is a pdf file.

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne: Office of Assessment

      • The Senate documents include IPFW’s university-wide assessment plan (pdf file).
      • Academic program assessment plans are not available online.
      • Goals/objectives (learning outcomes) for academic programs including general education and for student services programs (pdf files, html pages).
      • Institutional studies: Results from CAAP and from surveys of students and faculty, including NSSE (pdf files).
      • Academic program assessment handbook (pdf files).
      • Information about assessment grants and awards (pdf files).
      • Information from and about the assessment council (minutes are pdf files).
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: Planning and Institutional Improvement

Planning and Institutional Improvement staff provide campus, state, regional, national, and international leadership for outcomes assessment in higher education.  Staff have produced 20 books, more than 400 published articles and chapters in others’ works, and have given over 500 presentations at local, state, regional, national, and international meetings in the past two decades.

Content for Assessment Update, a bi-monthly periodical published by Jossey-Bass (a Wiley imprint), has been edited and produced at IUPUI since 1992.  In the same year, a national conference on outcomes assessment in higher education was held for the first time at IUPUI, and that conference—now the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis—has become the oldest and largest such event in the world.

Outcomes Assessment

  • Assessment Institute
  • Assessment Reports
  • Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC)
  • Assessment Grants
  • Student Learning Assessment Resources

 

Individual Institutions Assessment-related Pages

 

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Note: NILOA’s reports Exploring the landscape: What institutional websites reveal about learning outcomes assessment activities and Making Student Learning Evidence Transparent: The State of the Art indicate that assessment websites may be hard to find from an institution’s home page and may not give a full picture of its assessment activities (pdf files).

Alabama State University: Office of Academic Planning and Evaluation

    • The WEAVE manual includes tips & guidelines for planning & implementing assessment processes for both academic and administrative/support units (pdf files).
      • WEAVEonline access is restricted to ASU faculty & staff.
    • The feedback report is an evaluation rubric for units’ assessment plans (Word document).

Alamance Community College (North Carolina)

  •  Overview and (pdf file) timeline for outcomes assessment.
  • Institutional effectiveness manual (handbook, pdf file).
  • Instructions for using WEAVEonline (pdf file; WEAVE access is restricted to ACC faculty & staff).
  • NILOA occasional paper on outcomes assessment in community colleges (pdf file).
  • Links to other assessment resources (this page).
  • Information about periodic program review (pdf files).

Albion College (Michigan)

  • Information from the assessment committee: Reporting templates for assessment plans & plan updates (Word documents).
    • The assessment home page describes the committee’s responsibilities.
  • Information about assessment mini-grants.
  • Assessment plans & reports from individual academic and academic support units (Word documents).

Alverno College: Educational Research and Evaluation (Wisconsin)

  • Learning outcomes studies: Information about
    • Institutional and program assessment at Alverno.
      • Student assessment as learning: Overview, and information about Alverno’s:
        • Assessment Essentials: definitions, principles, difference between student-assessment-as-learning and institution/program assessment.
        • Self-assessment, including comments from students, external assessors, and faculty and information about Alverno’s diagnostic digital portfolio (the DDP itself is restricted to Alverno students, faculty, & staff).
        • Related publications and workshops.
      • Program assessment: Overview of program assessment at Alverno, and details about assessment in the School of Education.
    • The college’s community of inquiry.
      • Alverno’s (general education) core abilities and ability-based curriculum.
    • Information about Alverno’s research, publications and workshops on assessment.
  • FAQ.
  • Links to other assessment resources.

American Public University System

  • Overview of assessment at APUS.
  • FAQ.
  • Initiatives: About APUS’ involvement in Transparency by Design and HLC’s Assessment Academy.
  • Resources:
    • Information about curricular maps (Word document) and rubrics for assessing writing
    • A glossary of assessment terms.
    • Links to other assessment resources (this page).
  • Summary reports from standardized exams.
  • Information for students about APUS’ outcomes assessment process.

American University (Washington, DC)

  • About assessment at AU.
  • Assessment reporting template and a rubric for evaluating assessment plans (pdf files).
  • Information about on-campus workshops.
  • Institutional assessment
    • AU assessment plan (pdf file).
    • Institutional research data & links.
    • Information about surveys used at AU, including (pdf file) NSSE results.
  • Program assessment plans (pdf files).
    • Individual academic departments.
    • General education program.
    • Best practice examples from AU departments.
    • Brief guidelines for program’s assessment plans.
  • Resources
    • Information about on-campus workshops.
    • Links to other assessment resources.Anderson University (Indiana)
  • Assessment plans and reports for some academic majors (pdf files).
  • Documents: Guides for preparing assessment plans and reports (pdf files).
  • Still to come: Liberal arts (general education) assessment plans & reports.

Andrews University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness (Michigan)

  • About Andrews’ senior survey and exit tests.
  • Assessment highlights include NSSE and Proficiency Profile results (pdf file).
  • Learning outcomes for some individual academic programs.
  • Resources include
    • Andrews’ assessment philosophy, policies, and general process (pdf files).
    • Guidelines for assessment processes (pdf files).
    • Links to other assessment resources.
    • Access to WEAVEonline (restricted to Andrews faculty & staff).
  • Information about periodic academic program review (completed reviews are pdf files).

Angelina College: Office of Institutional Effectiveness (Texas)

  • The institutional effectiveness (IE) model & planning guidelines (pdf files) and reporting calendar include outcomes assessment steps.
  • Reporting form for program outcomes assessment (pdf file).
  • The template & instructions for core course syllabi includes instructions for core (general education) and program outcomes (pdf files).
  • Rubrics for core outcomes (pdf files).
  • Guidelines & request form for program-level surveys (pdf files).
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Minnesota)

  • Note: Some of these pages include links to other assessment resources.
  • Overview of assessment at ARCC, including general education goal areas (learning outcomes).
    • More about assessment includes ARCC’s self-study assessment report (pdf file).
  • Assessment resources for faculty include
    • The Introduction to assessment handbook (or follow the links in the left-hand menu).
    • ARCC plan for developing assessment processes (pdf file).
    • A glossary (pdf file).
    • Individual degree/certificate programs’ guidesheets include learning outcomes (pdf files).
    • Using eLumen assessment-management software. (Access to eLumen is limited to ARCC faculty & staff.)
  • Assessment resources for students include a brief overview of ARCC’s assessment process and links to the program guidesheets.

Appalachian State University: Institutional Research, Assessment, & Planning (North Carolina)

  • Overview of assessment at ASU.
  • About assessment FAQ.
  • More FAQs.
  • Assessment handbook (pdf file).
  • Information about standardized instruments used at ASU.
  • Potential assessment data: Results (pdf & Excel files) from surveys of students, including NSSE.
  • Information from & about the assessment council (calendars & minutes are pdf files).
  • Access to TracDat is restricted to ASU faculty & staff.
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Arapahoe Community College (Colorado)

  • Overview of assessment at ACC, including ACC’s general education learning outcomes.
  • Assessment of student learning at the program level
    • Guidelines, worksheets, & reporting templates (pdf & Excel files, Word document).
    • The general education learning outcomes.
    • Assessment committee minutes (pdf files).
    • Individual academic programs’ assessment plans & reports (pdf files).
    • ACC best practices examples (pdf file).
    • Instructions for the TK20 assessment management system (Tk20 access is restricted to ACC faculty & staff).
  • Assessment of process for administrative & educational support units: Assessment plans from individual AES units (pdf files).
  • Assessment presentation (Powerpoint file).
  • The Institutional Research site includes results from student surveys (pdf files).

Arizona State University: University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness

  • Assessment: Guidelines for developing & implementing assessment processes.
  • Surveys: Information about surveys of students and alumni.
  • Information for students about the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and ETS’s Proficiency Profile.

Arizona Western College: Office of Assessment, Program Review, Curriculum and Articulation Assessment, TK20, and more

    • Powerpoint presentation about assessment at AWC.
    • Newsletter (pdf files).
    • The TK20 assessment management system is restricted to AWC faculty & staff.
  • General education assessment policy and outcomes.
  • About student learning outcomes.
    • Reporting calendar.
    • Links to other assessment resources.
  • Information about periodic program review (pdf & Excel files).
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Arkansas Tech University: Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

  • FAQs about assessment, for faculty & department heads and for non-academic & support staff.
  • Continuous improvement plan, process, and reporting & evaluation forms (pdf & Powerpoint files).
  • Tips & guidelines (pdf files).
  • Reporting form for course, program, and general education assessment (CPGE, pdf file).
  • Information from & about the general education committee (pdf files):
    • Learning goals.
    • CPGE reporting form & example.
    • Program evaluation rubric.
    • Committee minutes.
  • Archived documents include assessment committee minutes and HLC accreditation information (pdf files).
  • Results from some older assessment projects (pdf, Powerpoint, & Excel files; internal links in the annual reports are restricted to ATU faculty & staff).
  • Guidelines & application forms for assessment mini-grants (pdf files, Word documents).
  • Guidelines & instructions for the TracDat assessment-management system. (pdf files; TracDat access is restricted to ATU faculty & staff.)
  • Resources include materials from on-campus workshops (pdf & Powerpoint files).
  • Links to other resources.

Auburn University: Office of Institutional Research & Assessment (Alabama)

  • Assessment reports from individual academic programs (pdf files; the online process for submitting assessment reports is restricted to Auburn faculty & staff).
  • Survey results include NSSE reports (html pages, pdf files).
  • Resources include assessment council minutes (pdf files) and links to other assessment resources (this page).

Augustana College: Institutional Research and Assessment Office (Illinois)

  • Assessment of student learning
    • College-wide (general education) learning outcomes (Word documents).
    • Results from surveys of students and faculty (pdf files).
    • Information about & from Augustana’s participation in the Wabash study and a Teagle Foundation senior capstone study (pdf files; Augustana’s Wabash study results are restricted to College faculty & staff).

AustinCommunity College: Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability (Texas)

  • Instructional programs
    • The discipline assessment cycle (DAC) manual includes general education learning outcomes & competencies (handbook; Word document).
    • Information about periodic program review (pdf files, Word documents).
  • College-wide assessment
    • Guidelines, formats, & tools for administrative & support unit assessment (pdf files, html pages).
      • Also see support services review.
      • Please do not enter anything in the outcomes tool form.
      • Access to CurricUNET’s assessment module is restricted to ACC faculty & staff.
    • Institutional effectiveness snapshot (pdf file).
  • Results from surveys of students & faculty, including CCSSE (pdf files).
  • The archives include an older assessment handbook and glossary (pdf files).
    • Access to the U-LEAD assessment data base is restricted to ACC faculty & staff.

Babson College (Massachusetts)

  • Overview and (pdf file) assurance of learning process.
  • General education learning goals (outcomes) for undergraduate and masters’ degrees.
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Bakersfield College (California)

  • BC’s philosophy of assessment.
  • Assessment results: Individual academic programs’ outcomes, assessment methods, and (some) results (pdf & Excel files, Word documents).
  • The assessment blog includes committee minutes and material from on-campus workshops & assessment events.
  • Tips & guidelines on setting up an assessment plan (Word documents).
    • Evaluation rubrics for assessment plans.
    • Still to come: BC examples.
  • General education and institutional level learning outcomes, and some assessment results (Word documents).
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Ball State University: Office of Institutional Effectiveness (Indiana)

  • Results from surveys of students and alumni (pdf documents).
  • Resources (pdf files)
    • Assessment workbook: Handbook for departments designing and using assessment plans.
    • Lending library: Tables of contents of books about assessment.
    • Material from assessment workshops.

Barton County Community College (Kansas)

  • Except as noted, all documents are pdf files. Most describe the various parts of BCCC’s assessment process.
  • Overview of assessment at Barton.
  • Roles & responsibilities for assessment.
  • Assessment committee agendas & minutes.
  • Reports on course assessment activities.
  • Guidelines and an FAQ for classroom assessment (CAT), an online reporting form for CAT results, and guidelines for an assessment project for multi-section courses (CAP).
  • Degree level assessment includes general education outcomes and related senior-survey results (the 06-07 comparison is an Excel file; the others are pdf files).
  • Links to information about Kansas’ state-wide general education (core competency) assessment process and to resources about classroom assessment techniques.

Baruch College: Office of Institutional Research and Program Assessment (New York)

  • Overview of assessment and guidelines for creating an assessment plan.
  • School- & program-level learning goals from the Schools of Business (Zicklin) and Arts & Sciences (WSAS) (pdf files, Word document).
    • The core curriculum map has competencies (outcomes) associated with each goal (pdf file).
    • Guidelines for writing learning goals, with links to other (pdf file, html page, Word document) resources.
  • Assessment projects and surveys.Status of college-wide and program-level assessment (pdf file).
    • Communication assignment inventories (pdf files).
    • Information about NSSE surveys.
    • Assessment plans, progress reports, & rubrics from the Schools of Business and Arts & Sciences (pdf files, Word documents).
    • Student learning goals for administrative & academic support services (pdf file).
  • Assessment framework for administrative units.
    • Assessment process & guidelines.
    • Guidelines for developing outcomes, goals, & objectives.
  • Resources include:
    • Material (pdf files) from an on-campus workshop.
    • Links to accrediting-agency and CUNY information (html pages, pdf files).

Bates Technical College: Office of Curriculum and Assessment (Washington)

  • Pdf files, unless indicated otherwise.
  • The Do-it-yourself Guide includes
    • The college-wide (general education) learning outcomes and related measurable indicators. (These are also in both the Learning Outcomes Documents and Related Links lists.)
    • Master course outline (MCO) examples showing course and college-wide learning outcomes.
      • The sample and blank MCO forms in Related links are Word documents.
      • Note: The syllabus template and curriculum revision sheet (Word documents) do not include learning outcomes.
    • Instructions for preparing MCOs.
    • Information about Bloom’s taxonomy of learning styles.
  • Institutional research
    • A brief overview of plans for institutional assessment (html page).
    • Links to other resources.

Benedictine University: Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (Illinois)

  • Overview of assessment at Benedictine.
  • Links to information about assessment methods and an overview (pdf file) of types of evidence for student learning.
  • University (general education) common learning objectives (pdf file).
  • Reporting format (matrix) for academic programs’ assessment plans (pdf file).
  • Outcomes include NSSE results (pdf file).
  • Information about Benedictine’s AQIP program (mostly pdf files).

Bergen Community College: Center for Institutional Effectiveness (New Jersey)

  • Documents are pdf files unless otherwise noted.
  • Assessment framework and handbook.
  • Assessment of student learning
    • Individual academic programs’ learning outcomes, assessment plans & reports, and curriculum maps.
    • Information from & about the assessment committee and about departmental assessment liaisons and CIE assessment fellows.
  • Administrative & educational support assessment: Individual units’ assessment plans & reports.
  • Materials from on-campus presentations & workshops.
  • Results from surveys of students & alumni, including CCSSE.

Bevill State Community College: Office of Grants, Planning, Research, & Institutional Effectiveness (Alabama)

  • Results from surveys of students, faculty, & staff (pdf files). Scroll down to:
    • CCSSE results.
    • Assessment results, for:
      • Surveys of graduating students and students completing various BSCC programs.
      • Evaluations of athletic and library services.

Binghamton University (New York)

  • Major assessment
    • Assessment policy (Word document).
    • Guidelines for and examples of assessment plans & reports (Word documents & pdf files).
  • Gen ed assessment
    • General education outcomes from BU and the SUNY system (pdf files).
    • University policy on and guidelines for preparing general education course portfolios. The guidelines also describe how faculty teams use portfolios to evaluate general education outcomes (pdf files).
    • Reports from general education assessments (pdf files).
  • BU’s College Portrait.

Bismarck State College (North Dakota)

  • Academic assessment
    • FAQ.
    • General education outcomes and (pdf files) associated rubrics & timelines.
    • Reporting templates for program assessment plans & reports (pdf files). TracDat access is restricted to BSC faculty & staff.
      • Assessment handbook (pdf file).
    • Annual progress reports (pdf files).
    • Links to other assessment resources.
  • Reporting template (Word document) and process (pdf file) for periodic department/program review.
  • Information about BSC’s AQIP project (pdf & Powerpoint files).

Bluefield State College: Office of Institutional Research (West
Virginia)

  • Note: pdf files unless indicated otherwise.
  • Brochure with a brief overview of assessment.
  • The assessment plan includes general education outcomes. The general studies results include College BASE & CLA; see assessment data in the left-hand menu for more recent CLA results.
  • Report on assesment activities at Bluefield.
  • Individual program matrices include program outcomes & assessment methods.
  • Assessment data include NSSE results and results from a survey of graduating students.
  • Bluefield’s College Portrait (html page).
  • Resources include a glossary and a link (not a pdf file) to this page.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (Kentucky)

  • Introduction to assessment and overview of periodic program review at BCTC.
  • Program assessment (pdf files)
    • Individual technical programs’ learning outcomes & assessment plans (html pages, pdf files).
    • Guideliines on closing the loop and reporting assessment results, and annual program review.
    • Status reports on development of assessment processes.
  • Assessment newsletter (pdf files).
  • Still to come:
    • General education assessment.
    • Faculty resources: Glossary, FAQ, and rubric for evaluating program assessment processes. Some links to other resources are already in place (pdf files).

Boise State University (Idaho)

  • Program assessment
    • Alignment and tools: BSU’s assessment framework (pdf file) and links to tips & guidelines about rubrics (html pages, pdf files) and curriculum maps (Excel, pdf, & Powerpoint files, Word document).
    • Individual degree programs’ learning outcomes & assessment plans (pdf files)
  • Information about periodic review (program review).
  • Office of Institutional Research
    • Research publications include NSSE results (pdf files).
    • Department-level results from BSU’s surveys of graduating seniors & alumni, and copies of the surveys (pdf files).

Borough of Manhattan Community College: Institutional Research and Assessment

  • Assessment
    • College-wide assessment: Resources for course-level, department-level, & support services assessment include:
      • Presentations on assessment from BMCC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CETLS, pdf files).
      • Links to other assessment resources.
    • General education assessment
      • General education assessment plan and Powerpoint presentation (pdf files).
      • Brochure for students about general education learning outcomes (pdf file).
      • Links to related articles (pdf files).
      • The general education resource center has a general overview of the assessment process.
  • Results from student surveys (pdf files).

Boston University (Massachusetts)

  • Resources (mostly pdf files) include:
    • An overview of BU’s assessment process.
    • A program assessment reporting template.
    • Material from an on-campus workshop.
    • Links to other assessment resources.
  • Individual academic programs’ learning outcomes, including general education outcomes (pdf files).
  • Information about BU’s assessment working committees (the Excel files have the same information as the web pages).
  • The assessment intranet is restricted to BU faculty & staff.

Bowdoin College: Reflective Teaching Project (Maine)

  • Project reports, studies, and instruments include outcomes, assesment methods, and survey results for a variety of general education goals (some html pages, some pdf files).

Brandeis University: Office of Assessment (Massachusetts)

  • Overview of assessment activities at Brandeis.
  • University-wide (general education) and (pdf files) academic programs’ learning goals.
    • Materials from on-campus workshops (pdf files).
  • Resources
    • Internal resources include:
      • Guidelines and support (a planning checklist) for creating learning goals in academic majors, and examples from some programs (pdf files, Word documents).
      • Example of general education learning goals.
    • Links to other assessment resources.
  • Reflective guides for students as they progress through their undergraduate careers (pdf files).
  • Information about the assessment advisory committee and subcommittees.
  • Information about Brandeis’ participation in the Wabash national study of liberal arts education (some of these pages link to pdf documents).

Brenau University: Office of Academic Assessment (Georgia)

  • Guide to assessment at Brenau.
  • The following information is restricted to Brenau faculty & staff:
    • Rubrics & reporting templates for curriculum matrices and general-education-related assessment reports.
    • Academic, administrative, and service departments’ annual assessment plans and reports.
    • Information about assessment day/week activities.
    • Results from surveys, standardized tests, and OAA projects.
    • Information about & links to ETS’s Proficiency Profile.
  • Most information about liberal education (general education) assessment is restricted to Brenau faculty & staff. The questionnaire that faculty members use to report liberal education assessment was not restricted when last checked; it includes a list of Brenau’s liberal education outcomes. (Please do not enter anything in these forms.)
  • Compliance Assist tutorials and next steps presentations were not restricted when last checked. Compliance Assist access is restricted to Brenau faculty & staff.
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Brigham Young University: Center for Teaching and Learning (Utah)

  • Video for students (and faculty) about how knowing expected learning outcomes helps students choose programs and guides their learning.
  • Individual degree programs’ expected learning outcomes and assessment plans (use the college, department, & program drop-down menus at the top of the page).
  • Guidelines for writing learning outcomes and developing assessments.
  • The mid-course evaluation tool is restricted to BYU faculty & staff.

Bryan College: Office of Institutional Effectiveness (Tennessee)

  • The student outcomes manual (pdf file) includes:
    • College learning outcomes & assessment methods.
    • Results from standardized instruments, including the Proficiency Profile & Major Field Tests.
    • Results from surveys of current & graduating students.
  • The institutional effectiveness manual (pdf file) includes:
    • General education learning outcomes & assessment report.
    • Individual academic and administrative & support units’ assessment plans & reports.
  • Results from the student satisfaction inventory.
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Buena Vista University (Iowa)

  • BVU’s assessment plan.
  • Objectives (outcomes) & assessment plans for individual academic majors.
    • Some majors’ pages include links to rubrics, test items, etc. (pdf & Excel files, Word documents).
    • The cheat sheets (on the training resources page) have information about some academic programs’ outcomes and assessment methods (Word documents).
  • The curriculum overview has university-wide (general education) goals & outcomes. BVU objectives has associated rubrics (Word documents).
    • The dashboard on the home page has general education assessment results.
  • Student services outcomes and (Word documents) assessment plan, rubrics & program map.
  • Assessment annual reports and the Focus online reporting and ePortfolio system are restricted to BVU faculty & staff.

Buffalo State College: Office of Academic Information and Assessment (New York)

  • AAHE and Buffalo State principles of assessment.
  • Intellectual foundations (general education) outcomes and (pdf file) assessment cycle.
  • Overview of assessment in major programs.
  • The guidelines for periodic evaluation of academic units include assessment requirements (this and the program review schedule are pdf files).
  • Reporting template for academic units’ assessment reports (Word document).
  • The assessment reports are restricted to BSC faculty & staff.
  • Departmental award for outstanding assessment (pdf file).

Bunker Hill Community College: SLOAP Faculty Task Force (Massachussetts)

  • SLOAP: Bunker Hill’s student learning outcomes assessment program.
  • The SLOAP database has:
    • Information about Bunker Hill’s assessment process.
    • Program and course-level learning outcomes, assessment methods, results, & impacts. (Click an X for the associated report. They don’t look like hyperlinks, but they are.)
  • General education requirements, in the Additional Resources menu, includes Bunker Hill’s general education outcomes.

Butler University: Office of Institutional Research & Assessment (Indiana)

  • Academic assessment
    • Protocol: Overview of annual assessment report and periodic academic program review, with links to program review guidelines and university-wide (general education) learning outcomes (pdf files) .
    • General education (university learning) outcomes (pdf file).
    • Program review overview and (pdf file) guidelines.
    • Assessment reports from individual academic programs (pdf files).
    • Links to other assessment resources.
  • Assessment reporting template for individual academic programs (Word documents).
  • Administrative assessment reporting form (Word document or Excel file), guidelines, and reports (pdf files) from individual administrative & support units.
  • Information about assessment mini-grants (Word documents).
  • Survey reports, including NSSE results (pdf files).

Butte College (California)

  • Overview of assessment at BC.
  • Instructions for assessment reporting.
  • The toolkit has
    • Requirements & timeline for program assessment (pdf file).
    • Material from on-campus workshops (pdf & image files, Word documents).
  • Glossary.
  • Online newsletter (pdf files).
  • Links to other assessment resources.

Cabrillo College (California)

  • Overview, philosophy, and assessment structure.
    • Dashboard of assessment activities at Cabrillo.
    • The proficiency report to ACCJC includes additional details.
  • Core competencies (general education outcomes).
  • Overviews of assessment in special programs & administrative units.
  • Workbooks, the program chairs handbook, and the administrative units outcomes (AUO) primer: tips & guidelines for developing & implementing assessment processes.
  • Information about & from the assessment committee, including annual reports.
  • Results from a survey of faculty & staff knowledge of & attitudes about Cabrillo’s assessment process.
  • Access to Cabrillo’s tracking tool is restricted to Cabrillo faculty & staff.

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute (North Carolina)

  • Assessment at CCC&TI (pdf file, in the institutional publications list) is a handbook with:
    • An overview of assessment at CCC&TI,
    • Tips & guidelines for developing & implementing assessment processes,
    • CCC&TI’s general education outcomes, and
    • information from and links to other assessment resources.
  • Note: The general education assessment document (in the institutional effectiveness documents list) was not available when last checked.

California Baptist University: Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment

  • A Powerpoint presentation about assessment, and CBU’s annual assessment flow (pdf files).
  • Guidelines & tips for developing & implementing assessment processes (pdf files).
  • Assessment newsletter (pdf file).
  • The assessment history (reports) is restricted to CBU faculty & staff. The assessment tracking & reports portfolio is not.
  • WASC assessment & accreditation resources (pdf files).
  • Information about periodic academic & student services program review (pdf files, Word documents).
    • The historical record (reports) is restricted to CBU faculty & staff.
    • CBU’s program review rubric (pdf file) includes a scale for programs’ assessment activities.
  • The institutional research page includes results from FSSE and from the CIRP survey of incoming freshmen (pdf files).

California Lutheran University

  • Assessment system
    • Overview of assessment at CLU.
    • Information about periodic academic program review, including overview, schedule, handbook, and reporting template (pdf files).
    • Information about & from CLU professional development days & assessment symposia (pdf & Powerpoint files).
  • Learning outcomes
    • Institutional (general education) learning outcomes (pdf file).
    • Learning outcomes from most academic programs (pdf files).
    • Sources of evidence for achievement of learning outcomes:
      • Rubrics & assessment results for communication, critical thinking, & information literacy outcomes (pdf & Excel files, Word documents).
      • Student satisfaction, NSSE, & FSSE results (pdf files, html pages).
    • Guidelines on writing learning outcomes and incorporating them in course syllabi (pdf files,Word documents; also see the curriculum maps).
    • Curriculum maps from some academic programs (Powerpoint files, Word documents; the School of Business curriculum maps were not available when last checked).
  • The data warehouse is restricted to CLU faculty & staff.
  • Resources include:
    • Material from on-campus workshops about assessment and program review (pdf & Powerpoint files).
    • Assessment tools including a glossary, a template for reporting assessment results (Word document), guidelines for and examples of assessment rubrics (Word documents), and links to other resources.
  • Information about surveys at CLU.

California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

  • Guidelines & policies for program review and outcomes assessment (pdf files, Word documents).
  • University (general education) learning outcomes (Word document, Excel file).
  • Individual academic departments‘ learning outcomes, assessment plans, & curriculum maps (html pages, pdf & Excel files).
  • Assessment tools
    • Guidelines for an assessment plan (pdf file) and curriculum map (Word document).
    • Examples of individual programs’ assessment methods and tools (pdf files).
  • Information about assessment-related on- & off-campus events.
  • Links to other assessment resources and information about local assessment training events (Powerpoint & pdf files, Word documents).
  • General education assessment
    • General education assessment policy (pdf file, Word documents) and guide for course-based general education assessment proposals (pdf file).
    • Learning outcomes for individual general education areas, and assessment plans for some areas (pdf files).
    • Links to Powerpoint presentations on general education assessment and to rubrics (pdf files, Word documents) for some general-education outcomes.
  • Institutional assessment: The university’s College Portrait, and reports from surveys of students and alumni, including NSSE and CLA results (pdf and Excel files).
  • Student Affairs assessment:
    • Guides to writing learning outcomes (html pages, pdf files).
    • The stories of successful learning and the 2008-2009 annual report were not available when last checked..

California State University System: Accountability Process

  • Biennial reports (pdf files, through 2006) include outcomes assessment overviews for each CSU campus.
  • Scroll down for an overview of the process, definitions of the performance areas and reporting elements, and other descriptive documents (pdf files).
  • Note: See the individual entries for notes on assessment at each campus: Cal Poly-Pomona, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Sacramento, San Francisco State, San Jose State, San Marcos, and Stanislaus.

California State University, Channel Islands

  • Glossary and links to other assessment resources.
  • Individual academic programs’ learning outcomes (Excel files).
  • Access to the TK20 assessment management system is restricted to CI faculty & staff.
  • The assessment council site includes:
    • CI’s assessment policy (pdf files).
    • Council agendas & minutes (pdf files).
    • Documents include a reporting template for administrative & support divisions and division reports (pdf files).

California State University, Chico

  • CSUC assessment philosophy.
  • Guidelines for developing and implementing outcomes assessment plans.
  • Assessment glossary.
  • FAQ about assessment at CSUC.
  • Tool Box and Resources: More guidelines and examples for developing assessment processes (Word documents; pdf, Excel, and Powerpoint files).
  • Sample learning outcomes and assessment activities from individual academic units (Word documents and Excel-file course*outcomes alignment matrices).
  • Individual academic departments’ program portfolios, with learning outcomes and (pdf files) assessment plan and curriculum matrix.
  • Office of Institutional Research
    • Information about periodic academic program review (pdf & Excel files, Word documents).
    • Reports (html pages & pdf files) from NSSE, CLA, and graduating student surveys.
    • CSUC’s VSA College Portrait.
    • Links to other assessment resources.

California State University, Dominguez Hills

  • Tutorial about student learning outcomes assessment (SLOA) reports on Blackboard (Word document).
  • Templates for academic programs’ assessment plans & reports (Word documents).
  • Summary program effectiveness & SLOA reports (Word documents).
  • A Powerpoint presentation on assessment at CSUDH and links to other resources.
  • The Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning site includes:
    • Results from CSUDH’s writing assessment (pdf files).
    • CSUDH’s College Portrait.

California State University, East Bay

  • Institutional (general education) learning outcomes & competencies (pdf file).
  • Learning & assessment at CSUEB:
    • Overview of assessment activities.
    • Links to other assessment resources.
    • Still to come: Learning & assessment handbook.
  • Program review:
    • Guidelines for periodic program review (html pages, pdf & Excel files).
    • Most academic programs’ portfolios include learning outcomes; some also have program review annual reports with a section on assessment activities (pdf files).
      • Still to come: Portfolios for curricular (general education and interdisciplinary) and co-curricular programs.
  • Information about & from the institutional effectiveness council and learning outcomes subcommittee (agendas & minutes are pdf files).

California State University, Fresno: Office of Institutional Effectiveness

  • Student outcomes assessment projects (SOAPs) policy, overview, examples (html pages), reporting templates (Word documents), and individual programs’ SOAPs reports (pdf files).
  • The assessment blog includes details about CSUF’s assessment process.
  • Assessment Guide online handbook. Internal links go to html pages and pdf files.
  • Glossary of assessment terms.
  • General education outcomes (Word documents), rubrics for general education outcomes & recommendations for using rubrics (pdf files), and reports from relevant committees (Word documents).
  • Descriptions of assessment and survey methods (most are pdf files).
  • Current faculty projects funded by campus assessment grants and RFP information (pdf files) for new grants.
  • Effectiveness and lessons learned: Examples of using assessment results for program improvement (html pages, pdf files).
  • Research & Reports / Reports, Surveys & Studies include CLA and NSSE results and analyses (pdf files).
  • Training & assistance: Guidelines for developing & implementing assessment plans (pdf and mov video files).
  • Information about academic program review.
  • Links to other assessment resources (on the main page and in Assessment Help).

California State University, Long Beach: Program Review and Assessment

    • CSULB institutional learning objectives (general education outcomes).
    • Individual academic programs’ learning outcomes.
    • Information from & about the program assessment review council (html pages, Word & rtf documents).
    • Reports and resources include:
      • An assessment report template (Word document) and a model & workshop handouts (pdf files).
        • A glossary.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Student Services assessment
      • Assessment of student learning outcomes
        • Overview of Student Services assessment at CSULB.
        • Featured student learning outcomes & assessments from individual Student Services units.
        • Links to examples from other institutions.
      • Assessment plans & reports from individual Student Services departments.
      • Results from surveys and standardized assessments including NSSE, CLA, and CSULB’s student satisfaction survey.
      • Information about & from CSULB’s graduation writing assessment.
      • CSULB’s VSA College Portrait (pdf file).
      • Presentations about assessment at CSULB (Powerpoint files).
      • Links to other assessment resources.

California State University, Los Angeles

      • University assessment plan and annual report (pdf files, Word documents).
      • Institutional learning outcomes (general education).
      • Individual college & programs’ learning outcomes.
      • Institutional measures
        • Results from student surveys and standardized exams, including CLA and NSSE results (pdf & Powerpoint files).
        • Other assessment-related reports (pdf files).
      • Resources & tools: Rubrics for general education outcomes, templates & examples for developing and reporting assessment plans (pdf & rtf files). The faculty development and assessment page, with links to other assessment resources, was not available when last checked.
      • The glossary includes links to a more extensive (pdf file) glossary and to other assessment resources (this page).
      • General education
        • Learning goals and outcomes.
        • GE assessment
          • Assessment plan.
          • Curriculum & goals maps (pdf files).
          • General education committee assessment program review (pdf file).
          • Reports include
            • Assessment of Block B (science-related) outcomes (pdf file).
            • Assessment of an introduction to higher education course (Word document, Excel file).
            • Older assessment results (pdf files) include CSULA’s general education assessment policy.
      • Information about periodic academic program review (html pages, pdf files).
      • The Institutional Research page includes a link to CSULA’s College Portrait.
      • Educational effectiveness council meeting minutes & reports (pdf files).

California State University, Northridge: Office of Academic Assessment and Program Review

      • A video about CSUN’s assessment process.
      • FAQ.
      • College & department annual assessment reports (pdf files).
      • A to Z (multiple file types)
        • Assessment & program review guidelines, templates, reporting forms, schedules, & timelines.
        • Fundamental (general education) competencies.
        • Newsletters.
      • Information about the assessment committee (Excel file, Word documents).

California State University, Sacramento: Office of Academic Program Assessment

      • University assessment:
        • Overview of academic-program assessment and assessment cycle, and university assessment statement (pdf file) and policy.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
        • Note: Some links in this page go to pages listed below; others were not available when last checked.
      • Learning outcomes
        • Baccalaureate learning goals, graduate program learning outcomes (pdf files).
        • General education learning outcomes (draft; this mht file opens in Internet Explorer but not in other browsers) and AAC&U’s LEAP outcomes (pdf file).
      • Institutional assessment portfolio: Individual academic departments’ assessment plans & reports, assessment director’s analysis of reports, & department (IR data) fact books (pdf files, Word documents).
      • Assessment tools
        • CSUS assessment policy & plan (html page, pdf file).
        • Assessment guidelines, reporting format, & evaluation rubric (Word documents, html page) and materials from an on-campus workshop (Powerpoint file).
        • General education READS initiative: Learning outcomes & rubrics for reading habits, dispositions & skills (Word document).
      • Assessment strategies: Links to other assessment resources.
      • Assessment newsletter (pdf files).
      • Office of Institutional Research
        • Sacramento State’s College Portrait (pdf file).
        • Reports on special academic programs.
        • Surveys used at Sacramento State. Survey reports has results from surveys of students and faculty, including NSSE results (pdf files).
        • Student Affairs assessment plans & reports (mostly pdf files).

California State University, San Marcos

      • Annual assessment:
        • Materials from on-campus workshops (Word documents, pdf file).
        • Reporting templates for assessment plans and reports (Word documents).
      • Departments’ program portfolios include learning outcomes, assessment plans, and reports. (Plans & reports are pdf files & Word documents, listed under program review.)
      • Information about academic program review:
        • Guidelines & examples (pdf files, Word documents).
        • Course*outcomes matrix template (Excel files).
        • WASC rubrics for evaluating learning outcomes & assessment (pdf files)/.
      • Resources include:
        • Material from an on-campus workshop (Powerpoint and audiovisual files).
        • Glossary.
        • Guidelines for designing & implementing outcomes assessment.
        • General education goals and (draft) assessment process.
        • Links to other assessment resources, including learning outcomes for varios academic disciplines.
      • Minutes and reports from CSUSM’s assessment committee (Word documents).
      • The Office of Institutional Planning & Analysis has results from surveys of students & alumni, including NSSE data (pdf & Excel files, Word documents).

California State University, Stanislaus: Office of Assessment

      • Overview and principles of assessment at CSUS.
      • Assessment resources: Guidelines for designing & implementing an assessment plan, with (html pages, pdf files, Word documents) examples, templates, and links to related resources.
      • Annual report template (Word document).
      • General education assessment (pdf files unless otherwise indicated)
        • Overview and history.
        • Learning goals and (draft) outcomes.
        • Program review reports.
        • University-wide assessment methods: Results from NSSE, CLA, and other standardized assessments and locally-developed surveys.
      • Assessment of graduate programs (pdf files unless otherwise indicated)
        • Learning goals for graduate students.
        • Chronology, history, & related documents.
        • Overall assessment plan & reports. The individual programs’ assessment plans & reports were not available when last checked.
        • Annual reporting template and sample curriculum map and thesis rubrics.
      • Information about on-campus assessment mentors (Word documents).
      • Materials from annual assessment spotlight symposia (pdf & Powerpoint files).
      • Information about periodic program review for academic & support units (pdf & Powerpoint files, Word documents).
      • The Office of Institutional Research page has CSUS’s College Portrait.

Calvin College (Michigan)

      • Overview of assessment.
      • Links to other assessment resources.

Cameron University: Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Accountability (Oklahoma)

      • Assessment
        • Program & unit assessment overview & guidelines.
        • Individual academic programs’ learning outcomes.
        • Some programs’ assessment data (pdf files).
        • Information about assessment funds (mini-grants, pdf file).
        • Access to WEAVEonline is restricted to CU faculty & staff.
      • General education outcomes & assessment process.
      • NSSE results (pdf files).
      • Oklahoma State Regents OSRHE) annual assessment reports include summaries of institutions’ processes & results (pdf files).

Camosun College: Educational Research and Planning (British Columbia,
Canada)

      • Results from surveys of students & alumni (pdf files).
        • The right-hand menu has individual academic programs’ alumni survey results.
      • Guidelines for:
        • Defining learning outcomes and
        • Developing & implementing outcomes assessment processes.
          • The Guiding Principles document is a pdf file.
        • These are general guidelines, applicable to assessing academic programs, individual courses, and individual students.

Cañada College (California)

      • Overview of assessment at Cañada. (The SLOAC Philosophy is a pdf file.)
      • Institutional (general education) student learning outcomes (SLOs).
      • SLOs & assessments from individual academic programs and administrative & support units
      • Guidelines & FAQ for reporting course-level assessment results (The reporting directions is a Word document).
        • The list of program learning outcomes is a dynamic Excel template that requires (restricted) access to Cañada’s servers.
        • The TracDat assessment management system and the Sharepoint website are restricted to Cañada faculty & staff.
        • Information about program review, including (pdf files) individual academic, administrative, & support units’ annual plans. (Reporting templates are Word documents.)
      • Student services assessment reporting forms and handbook (Word documents).
      • Information about & from the assessment committee (Word documents).
      • Updates
        • Still to come: FAQ.
        • Faculty resolutions on outcomes assessment (Word document).
      • Events: Information about & from on-campus assessment-related events (pdf and audio-visual [swf] files, Word documents, links to other assessment resources).
      • Resources include
        • Information about using TracDat (pdf & Powerpoint files).
        • Handbook on writing learning outcomes (pdf file).
        • Presentation from an on-campus assessment summit (Powerpoint file).
        • Links to other assessment resources (pdf, Powerpoint, and audio-visual [swf] files, Word documents, links).

Carleton College: Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (Minnesota)

      • Assessment resources
        • College-wide (general education) learning outcomes.
          • Assessment plan, with assessment methods and associated (pdf files) rubrics for each outcome.
          • Assessment cycle.
          • Learning outcomes mapped to graduation requirements.
          • Learning outcomes and assessment plans from individual academic departments & programs (pdf files).
            • Resources include:
              • FAQ.
              • Assessment roles & process.
              • Exercise materials from a conference presentation (pdf files).
              • Video of an assessment coordinators’ lunch.
              • The examples are restricted to Carleton faculty & staff.
        • Other resources (html pages, pdf files) include:
          • Presentations from on-campus workshops.
          • Information about Carleton assessment initiatives & projects.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Survey research and outcomes: Results from surveys of students & alumni, including NSSE (mostly pdf files).

Carnegie Mellon University: Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence (Pennsylvania)

      • History of assessment at CMU.
        • Information from & about CMU’s assessment task force (pdf files; the Middle States self-study report is restricted to CMU faculty & staff.)
      • Basics: FAQ about assessment, and a glossary.
      • Guidelines & tools for assessing departments & programs, classroom learning & performance, prior learning, and teaching effectiveness.
      • Examples & tools from CMU programs.
      • Whys & hows of assessment
        • Tips & guidelines for program & classroom assessment.
        • Glossary.
        • Reporting template & example (pdf file).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Assessment plan (multi-year timeline for campus-specific & nationally-standardized surveys, pdf file).

Case Western Reserve University (Ohio)

      • Resources
        • CWRU documents
          • CWRU’s philosophy of assessment.
          • Reports on portfolio review of student writing in general education seminars (pdf files).
            • Portfolios are from SAGES interdisciplinary seminars.
          • The outcomes assessment guide is restricted to CWRU faculty & staff.
          • Office of Planning & Institutional Research has results from NSSE and other student surveys (pdf files).
        • Calendar of assessment-related on-campus events.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • About CWRU assessment committees.

Casper College (Wyoming)

      • From the menu of tabs at the bottom of the page:
        • Assessment criteria: Hints & tips about assessment (mostly pdf files; also see assessment help, below).
        • General information
          • Assessment manual and links to other resources (pdf files).
          • Material from an on-campus presentation (pdf & Powerpoint files).
        • General education assessment plan & Powerpoint presentation.
        • Results from surveys & standardized assessments (mostly pdf files; CCSSE results include Powerpoint & video files and a Word document).
        • Information about & from the assessment committee (minutes are pdf files).
      • Program assessment
        • Reporting templates (Word documents) and review criteria (pdf file).
        • Information (individual programs’ assessment plans & results, pdf files).
      • General education assessment templates & rubrics (pdf files).
        • Note: Some general education scoring session feedback is available to the pubic (pdf file); some is restricted to Casper College faculty & staff.
      • Assessment help: Tips & guidelines (pdf files).
      • Training videos are restricted to Casper College faculty & staff.

Central Michigan University: Office of Curriculum and Assessment

      • Logs of program assessment plans & reports received (Excel files).
      • Documents & forms (pdf files, Word documents)
        • Assessment policy.
        • Glossary.
        • Processes for reporting, submitting, & revising assessment plans & results.
        • WEAVEonline users guide. (WEAVE access is restricted to CMU faculty & staff.)
        • Funding support (mini-grant) guidelines & application.
          • Also see the application for the Provost’s Incentive Award.
        • Information about periodic academic program review.
      • Information from & about assessment committees.
        • Assessment council agendas & minutes are Word documents.
        • General education committee information is restricted to CMU faculty & staff.
        • Information from the professional education assessment committee was not available when last checked.
      • Resources
        • Newsletter (pdf files).
        • Toolkit: Tips & guidelines (pdf files, Word documents).
        • Library holdings and links to other assessment resources.
      • When last checked, these links went to a previous (old) version of the OCA website:
        • Institution-level assessment: Information about surveys used at CMU.
        • A brief overview of program-level assessment.

Chaffey College (California)

      • Welcome: Brief overview of assessment at Chaffey.
      • Monitoring report (pdf files unless otherwise noted)
        • Template & instructions for annual academic assessment monitoring report (Word & pdf versions of the template).
        • Diagram & guidelines for developing an SLO assessment process.
        • Matrix (template) & policy for administrative unit outcomes (AUO) assessment report.
        • Mapping matrix with Chaffey’s core competencies (general education outcomes).
        • Rubrics used to evaluate academic programs’ assessment plans.Must read: Overview of SLO reporting, with
        • a reporting template (Excel file), and
        • a matrix mapping program SLOs to Chaffey’s core competencies (Word document).
      • Planning resources were not available when last checked.
      • SLO Down online newsletter (pdf files).
      • Institutional research (pdf files)
        • Research briefs and presentations include results from student surveys.
        • SLO/AUO resources include:
          • Academic & administrative/support units’ assessment instruments and report briefs.
          • Other resources include:
            • Assessment guidelines & tips.
            • Assessment-plan evaluation rubrics.

Chapman University (California)

      • Learning outcomes for:
        • General education, with (pdf files) associated assessment processes & rubrics.
        • Individual degree programs, with (pdf files) curriculum maps, assessment processes, & rubrics.
          • Learning outcomes assessment
            • Brief overview of assessment at Chapman
            • Templates for annual assessment report and course*general-ed outcomes curriculum map (Word documents).
            • Assessment committee rubric for evaluating annual assessment reports (pdf file).
          • Information about periodic program review.
        • Student life.
      • The institutional data mart has enrollment, etc. information.

Christopher Newport University: Office of Assessment (Virginia)

      • Overview & philosophy of assessment at CNU.
      • FAQ for students.
      • Assessment resources
        • Assessment cycle with links to tips & guidelines for planning & implementing assessment processes (pdf & Powerpoint files, Word documents, html pages).
        • Information about WEAVEonline.
        • Contact information for assessment help.

City College of San Francisco (California)

      • About assessment and assessment activities at CCSF.
        • The assessment reporting summary is a pdf file.
      • Questions? FAQ.
      • Archive of assessment progress reports from academic programs & courses, and administrative & support programs.
        • Some detail reports are html pages, some are pdf files.
      • Instructional SLOs (html pages & pdf files unless otherwise indicated)
        • Guidleines & reporting templates for course and program outcomes assessment.
          • Program update directions & templates (Word documents).
        • General education and institutional outcomes and assessment & reporting processes.
        • Department details include
          • An overview of the assessment process.
          • Individual academic departments’ pages with learning outcomes, assessment processes, & reports.
      • Guidelines for outcomes assessment in administrative and student services units.
        • Some department details pages include assessment processes & reports.
      • Highlights of individual units’ assessment & effectiveness activities.
      • Professional development: Information about on-campus workshops & assessment-related events.
      • Resources include:
        • FAQ.
        • Handbook.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
        • A history of CCSF’s SLO assessment processes & coordination.
      • Reports & committees
        • Most reports are pdf files. The assessment plan is a Word document.
        • Information about & from assessment committees & teams.
      • Scorecard reports of SLO assessment progress at CCSF.

Clark College: Teaching and Learning Center (Washington)

      • Overview of assessment (pdf file).
      • FAQ.
      • Resources
        • Glossary.
        • Material from on-campus workshops (pdf files).
        • Introduction to Clark’s outcomes assessment toolbox (OAT, Powerpoint file).
        • Tips & guidelines for curriculum mapping (pdf files).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Information about assessment-related events.
      • The OAT toolbox, with forms and applications and other other information, is restricted to Clark faculty & staff.

Clemson University: Office for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (South Carolina)

      • Assessment practices & resources
        • Brief overview of assessment and (pdf file) assessment cycle timeline.
        • Reference materials (pdf files) include:
          • Guidelines for developing and reporting an assessment plan.
          • General education competencies and assessment methods.
        • Overview of the Annual Assessment Record reporting process. Access to WEAVEonline and the assessment rubric are restricted to Clemson faculty & staff.
        • Guidelines for assessment of centers and institutes (pdf files).
        • Sample rubrics from some Clemson graduate programs (Word documents).
      • Overview of Clemson’s process for assessment management & reporting.
        • Access to WEAVEonline is restricted to Clemson faculty & staff.
        • Training & resource information. (Please do not enter anything into the online training-request form.)
      • Information about and from the university assessment committee. Reports & minutes are pdf files.
      • Information about periodic academic program review (pdf file; the metrics are restricted to Clemson faculty & staff).
      • Clemson’s College Portrait (pdf file).
      • Information about NSSE & Proficiency Profile, and summaries (pdf files) of NSSE results.
      • Assessment presentations by OIEA staff (pdf & Powerpoint files).
      • Information about Clemson’s QEP project, Clemson Thinks2.
      • State reporting: Accountability and institutional effectiveness reports to state agencies (pdf files).

Cleveland State University: Office of Student Learning Assessment (Ohio)

      • Overview and FAQ for assessment at CSU, and university policies and procedures for assessment.
      • Assessment Council minutes and on-campus events (Word documents).
      • Assessment report guidelines, calendar, and review procedure (Word documents, Excel files). Individual units’ SLA reports are restricted to CSU faculty & staff.
        • The 2008 departmental student outcomes inquiry includes an overview of student surveys used by individual academic, administrative, & support units (Word document).
      • General education assessment procedures and reports (pdf files, Word documents).
      • Material from on-campus workshops (video presentations).
      • Resources
        • Report guidelines & formats.
        • Examples of individual units’ assessment reports (pdf files).
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Information about assessment mini-grants and grant-funded projects (Word documents).

Coastal Carolina University: Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Analysis (South Carolina)

      • University-wide assessment reporting: Annual reports on the status of CCU’s assessment process include some unit-level results (pdf files).
      • The TEAL Online page includes an assessment reporting calendar. The TEAL assessment management system and reports are restricted to CCU faculty & staff.
      • Institutional effectiveness reports to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (pdf files).
      • Results from surveys of graduating seniors (pdf file). NSSE results are restricted to CCU faculty & staff.
      • Information about & from CCU’s assessment committees (minutes are pdf files).
      • CCU’s VSA College Portrait.

Cochise College: Student Learning Improvement Committee (Arizona)

      • About student learning improvement at Cochise.
      • (General education) outcome statements.
      • About the learning improvement project and evidence.
        • Current and older learning improvement handbooks (pdf files).
      • Learning improvement questions for students.
      • The institutional research page has results of surveys, including CCSSE (pdf files).

Coconino Community College: Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (Arizona)

      • About assessment
        • Overview, principles of good practice, and (pdf file) HLC tips & guidelines.
        • Glossary.
        • Links to other assessment resources.
      • Program assessment
        • Learning outcomes for individual degree & certificate programs.
        • The monitoring report to HLC (pdf file) describes CCC’s general education and program assessment processes.
        • The quality enhancements documents (pdf files) include descriptions of assessment activities and results.
        • Powerpoint presentations to the CCC governing board.
      • General education assessment
        • General education learning outcomes.
        • Assessment techniques and results (pdf file).
        • Presentation at & feedback from a faculty retreat (Powerpoint & pdf files).
      • Assessment tools
        • Progress report templates (Word documents), instructions (pdf file), and overview presentation (Powerpoint file).
        • Graduating student survey (pdf & Word versions; the online version requires a CCC password) and results (pdf files).
        • Information about, and links to resources on classroom evaluation techniques (CATS), rubrics, and mid-course evaluations.

College of Charleston: Office for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning (South Carolina)

      • Assessment cycle.
      • Assessment guide (handbook, pdf file), tutorials (Powerpoint files), and links to other resources.
      • Rubric for evaluating units’ assessment plans & reports (Word document).
        • The college-wide annual institutional effectiveness reports indicate individual academic units’ status (pdf files).
      • Information about the ComplianceAssist assessment management tool (access to the tool itself is restricted to COC faculty & staff).
      • Information about & results from surveys of students & alumni, including NSSE results (html pages, pdf files).
      • Information from & about the assessment committees (minutes are pdf files).
      • COC’s VSA College Portrait.

College of San Mateo (California)

      • Philosophy of assessment at CSM.
      • Assessment plan (Word document).
      • Student learning outcomes
        • General education outcomes.
        • Program-level outcomes from certificate programs and (some) degree programs, and course-level outcomes from degree pro