The purpose of assessment is to improve, inform, and support your program and/or institution.
Assessment of student learning is an essential component of General Education, program
goals, and university effectiveness, and it is fundamental to fulfilling the mission
of the university. Assessment also plays a key role in accreditation of programs and
Middle States accreditation for the university as a whole. This page provides a few
general resources for assessing student learning at all levels and in a variety of
General Assessment Resources and Groups
- 9 Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning – Originally published by the American Association for Higher Education
- American Public University System – Information on curriculum mapping, rubrics, an assessment glossary, and lots of
other useful tools and information.
- Assessing Teaching and Learning – A wealth of information on assessing teaching, programs, departments, and learning
from Carnegie Mellon University
- Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) – Extensive resources on general education, curriculum, faculty work, and
- Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education – Plans, policies, structures, tools, and reporting devices all in one place in their
- Bloom’s Taxonomy – Courtesy of Vanderbilt University
- Columbia College Chicago – A great resource on rubrics, journals, assessments of writing, and more.
- Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment – A huge selection of archives, articles, discussion groups, and information on assessing
specific skills/content and accrediting bodies. Maintained by North Carolina State
- National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) – Reports, occasional papers, and great examples of good assessment practice.
- West Chester University – Information on assessing outside the classroom, using rubrics, and other online