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Assessment Resources



Assessment Plan Templates

Annual Report Template

General Assessment Resources

Many resources for assessment can be found on North Carolina State University's Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment site.

A great resource from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment for new faculty is the article by Pat Hutchings entitled What New Faculty Need To Know About Assessment 

Great video introduction to the assessment cycle can be found at James Madison University:(

Learning Outcomes


Websites/Downloadable resources

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
Established in 2008, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) assists institutions and others in discovering and adopting promising practices in the assessment of college student learning outcomes. Documenting what students learn, know and can do is of growing interest to colleges and universities, accrediting groups, higher education associations, foundations and others beyond campus, including students, their families, employers, and policy makers. (from website)


Hutchings, P. (2011, April). What new faculty need to know about assessment. (NILOA Assessment Brief: Faculty). Urbana, IL: University for Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. 


Websites/Downloadable resources

Stanford University - Rubrics

Winona State University - Sample rubrics on a variety of topics, including particular programs or project types

Waubonsee Community College - Developing Outcomes Rubrics 


Green, K. H., & Emerson, A. (2007). A new framework for grading. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education32(4), 495-511. Routledge. Available at:

staff presentations

Presentations Made by Assessment Staff (PowerPoint)

Assessment Library

Anderson, R., & Speck, B. (Eds.). (1998). New Direction for Reaching and Learning: Changing the Way We Grade Student Performance: Classroom Assessment and the New Learning Paradigm. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Angelo, T., (Ed.). (1998). Classroom  Assessment and Research: An Update on Uses, Approaches, and Research Findings.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Angelo, T., & Cross, P. (1993).  Classroom Assessment Techniques:  A Handbook for College Teachers (2nd ed.).  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Astin, A. (1993). What Matters in College?.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Banta, T., & Associates (2002). Building a Scholarship of Assessment. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Banta, T. (Ed.). (2004). Hallmarks of Effective Outcomes Assessment. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Banta, T., Lund, J., Black, K. & Oblander, F. (1996). Assessment in Practice:  Putting Principles to Work on College Campuses. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Bender, B., & Schuh, J. (2002).  Using Benchmarking to Inform Practice in Higher Education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Berk, R. (2006).  Thirteen Strategies to Measure College Teaching.  (1st. ed.).  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Boulmetis, J., & Dutwin, P. (2005).  The ABCs of Evaluation Timeless Techniques for Program and Project Managers.  (2nd. ed.).  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Braskamp, L., & Ory, J. (1994). Assessing Faculty Work: Enhancing Individual and Institutional Performance.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Bresciani, M. (2006).  Outcomes-Based Academic and Co-Curricular Program Review. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Butler, S. & McMunn, N. (2006).  A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Assessment Understanding and Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning.. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Cambridge, B. (2001). Electronic Portfolios: Emerging Practices in Student, Faculty, and Institutional Learning. Sterling, VA: AAHE.

Dalton, J., Russell, T., & Kline, S. (Eds.). (2004). New Directions for Institutional Research:  Assessing Character Outcomes in College (No. 122). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Diamond, R. (1998). Designing & Assessment Courses & Curricula: A Practical Guide, (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Driscoll. A. & Cordero, D. (2006). Taking Ownership of Accreditation, (1st. ed.). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Driscoll. A. & Wood, S. (2007). Developing Outcomes-based Assessment for Learner-centered Education, (1st. ed.). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Grant, J. (Ed.). (1996). Assessing Graduate and Professional Education: Current Realities, Future Prospects  (No. 92).  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Haswell, R.  (Ed.). (2001). Beyond Outcomes: Assessment and Instruction within a University Writing Program (Vol. 5). Westport, CT: Ablex Publishing.

Howard, R., & Borland, K. (Eds.). (2001). New Directions for Institutional Research: Balancing Qualitative and Quantitative Information for Effective Decision Support (No. 112). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Howard, R. (Ed). (2007) Using Mixed Methods in Institutional Research. Tallahassee, Fl: Association for Institutional Research.

Huba,   M., & Freed, J. (2000). Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses: Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Kezar, A., Hirsch, D., & Burack, C. (Eds.). (2002). Understanding the Role of Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration in Creating a Successful Learning Environment (No. 116).  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Knox, A. (2002). Evaluation for Continuing Education: A Comprehensive Guide to Success. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Krueger, R., & Casey, M. (2000). Focus Groups: A Practical Guide for Applied Research. (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Kuh, G. Kinzie, J., Schuh, J., & Whitt, E. (2005). Assessing Conditions to Enhance Educational Effectiveness: The Inventory for Student Engagement and Success.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Kuh, G. Kinzie, J., Schuh, J., Whitt, E. & Associates (2005). Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Leigh, B. MacGregor, J., Matthews, R., & Gabelnick, F., (2004). Learning Communities: Performing Undergraduate Education.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Light, R. (2001). Making the Most in College: Students Speak their Minds. Cambridge, MA & London, England: Harvard University Press.

Litten. L., & Terkla, D. (Eds.). (2007). Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education. San Fracisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Maki, P. (2004). Assessing for Learning: Building A Sustainable Commitment Across The Institution. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing LLC.

Martell, K., & Calderon, T., (2005). Assessment of Student Learning in Business Schools: Best Practices Each Step of the Way.  Tallahassee, FL: Association for Institutional Research and AACSB International.

Mentkowski, M., & Associates (2000). Learning That Lasts. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Merriam, S & Associates (2002). Qualitative Research in Practice: Examples for Discussion and Analysis.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Michelson, E., Mandell, A., & Contributors (2004). Portfolio Development and the Assessment of Prior Learning.  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing LLC.

Miller, B. (2007). Assessing Organizational Performance in Higher Education.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Narum, J., & Conover, K. (Eds.).  (2002). New Directions for Higher Education: Building Robust Learning Environments in Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. (No. 119)  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Palomba, C., & Banta, T. (1999). Assessment Essentials: Planning Implementing and Improving Assessment in Higher Education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Pascarella, E., & Terenzini, P. (2005). How College Affects Students, (Vol. 2).  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Ratcliff, J., Lubinescu, E., & Gaffney, M. (Eds.,) (2001). New Collection for Higher Education: How Accreditation Influences Assessment, (No. 113).  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Riordan, T., & Roth, J. (Eds.,) (2005). Disciplines as Frameworks for Student Learning: Teaching the Practice of the Disciplines. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing LLC.

Schuh, J., Lee. M., & Associates (2001). Assessment Practice in Student Affairs: An Applications Manual.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Schwartz, P., & Webb, G. (2002). Assessment: Case Studies, Experience and Practice fro Higher Education.  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing Inc.

Sedlacek, W. (2004). Beyond the Big Test. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Serban, A., & Friedlander, J. (Eds.). (2004).  Developing and Implementing Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Spurlin, A., Rajala, S., & Lavelle, J. (Eds). (2008). Designing Better Engineering Education Through Assessment. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Stevens, D., & Levi, A. (2005). Introduction to Rubrics: An Assessment Tool To Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback and Promote Student Learning. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC. (2 units).

Stufflebeam, D., & Shinkfield, A. (2007).  Evaluation Theory, Models, & Applications. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Theall,  M.,  Abrami, P., & Mets, L. (2001). New Directions for Institutional Research: The Student Ratings Debate: Are They Valid? How Can We Best Use Them? (No. 109). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Voorhees, R. (Ed) (2001). New Directions for Institutional Research: Measuring What Matters Competency-Based Learning Models in Higher Education. (No. 110). ). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Walvoord, B., (2004). Assessment Clear and Simple: A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments and General Education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Walvoord, B., & Johnson, V. (1998). Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Wiggins, G. (1998). Educative Assessment: Designing Assessments to Inform and Improve Student Performance. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


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