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The goals of assessment are to provide evidence of student learning/achievement, of program effectiveness, and of faculty engagement in program review/revision informed by and leading to increased effectiveness and learning. Some considerations:

• All active courses and programs must be assessed.  

• Faculty will determine the appropriate assessment plans for their courses/programs while ensuring that institutional assessment data is sufficient to provide “a systematic means for evaluating the data, making recommendations for change, and then reassessing the impact of the change” HLC report 2011.  

• Assessment plans must be structured to allow at least one full assessment cycle (including measuring the impact on student learning resulting from implementation of prior assessment findings) for over half of all active courses and programs by 2016.

• High quality student learning outcomes (SLOs) must be defined for every active course and program. o In addition to SLOs, units can also define support, administrative or resource goals as appropriate.

• High quality means/measures must be used to assess achievement of course and program outcomes

• Some outcomes may require multiple measures/methods (faculty survey, student survey, direct student performance, advisory board input).  

• Findings are analyzed to improve student learning/achievement, increase program effectiveness, and inform faculty-led actions; and findings are shared and discussed among all stakeholders.

• Courses required in academic programs should be mapped to essential program outcomes.  

• Keep the focus on evidence of student learning, and focus assessment activities to areas which will give the best information for faculty/school decisions related to learning, effectiveness and improvement.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment Toolkits:  

NILOA Resource Library


Topical Assessment Index:

Assessment Primers

  1. NILOA (National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment) Resource Page
  2. Authentic Assessment and Rubrics: Examples, websites and Samples  
  3. Rubrics for Capstones, Portfolios, Program Outcomes and Program Review 
  4. The VALUE Rubrics, part of Project LEAP
  5. Creating Rubrics
  6. Advantages of Rubrics
  7. Using Rubrics to Assess Learning
  8. Using Rubrics for Assessments 
  9. Build your own Rubrics at or 

Writing Outcomes

Curriculum Mapping

Assessment Tools

Reporting/Closing the Loop

Planning for Assessment
  1. Planning for Assessment 
  2. Choosing a Method 
  3. Center for Assessment and Research Resource Pack: Assessment Progress Template
  4. Bloom's Taxonomy isn't the only one...


Assessment Glossary

Dictionary of Student Outcome Assessment (JMU)
Vocabulary on Assessment Indiana University Southeast



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