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Student Learning Assessment

Overview

Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance. When it is embedded effectively within larger institutional systems, assessment can help us focus our collective attention, examine our assumptions, and create a shared academic culture dedicated to assuring and improving the quality of higher education (AAHE Bulletin, November 1995, p. 7).

Helpful Assessment Articles:

AAHE - 9 Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning (PDF)

The Degree Qualifications Profile (PDF)

NILOA Transparency Framework

Seven Common Misperceptions About Assessment and Seven Reasonable Responses (Angelo) (PDF)

From Teaching to Learning (Barr and Tagg) (PDF)

Down and In: Assessment Practices at the Program Level (Ewell, Paulson, and Kinzie) (PDF)

Thriving in the Classroom (Schreiner) (PDF)

Assessment vs. Research: Why We Should Care About the Difference (Upcraft and Schuh) (PDF)