Online Resources for General Education Assessment
There are multitude of web pages and publications dedicated to higher education assessment and, in particular, to General Education assessment. The following list includes sites that we believe could be useful to faculty planning and conducting assessment. Each link contains a brief description of the content of the web page. Some of the pages listed below contain links to other resources.
We continuously look for new resources and links, so if you find other useful sites and resources, please email us their web addresses. Also if you find that one of our links does not work anymore, or that its contents have changed and our description is no longer accurate, please let us know.
- 9 Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning
From the American Association for Higher Education Assessment Forum. Since the AAHE website is no longer available, this page is from DePaul University
- What is "Good" Assessment? A Synthesis of Principles of Good Practice from Linda Suskie.
Five dimensions of good assessment practice, summarized from national organizations and assessment experts. References and summaries of the sources are included.
- Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education
From the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability.
- Advancing Student Learning
Middles States Commission on Higher Education manual on assessing student learning.
- American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
In the AAC&U website you can find assessment resources about liberal education outcomes, general education outcomes, campus diversity, ethical behavior, critical thinking, writing, oral communication, quantitative reasoning, and portfolios.
- The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment hosts assessment resources for faculty on accreditation; accountability; assessment history and trends; classroom assessment; defining assessment; disciplinary perspectives; faculty roles and responsibilities; research on learning; scholarship of teaching and learning; student learning goals; tools, methods, and examples; and using evidence for improvement.
- Assessment 2020: Seven Propositions for Assessment Reform in Higher Education
From the Australian Learning & Teaching Council.
- Internet resources for higher education outcomes assessment from NC State University.
ASSESSMENT OF SPECIFIC SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE AREAS
- AAC&U report on a 2008-09 survey of member institutions' general education assessment practices. Part 1 focuses on common learning outcomes for all undergraduate institutions and methods used to assess the outcomes. Part 2 focuses on the structure of the' general education programs at those institutions.
- A multitude of assessment resources in provided by College of Wooster and Florida Atlantic University.
- Guidelines and methods for assessing oral communication, from the National Communication Association.
- Online instruments from Madison Assessment for information literacy, quantitative reasoning, & scientific reasoning. Developed by James Madison University's Center for Assessment and Research Studies.
- Information literacy
- NPEC Sourcebooks on Assessment:
RESOURCES FOR DEVELOPING AND USING ASSESSMENT RUBRIC
- Explanation of rubrics with examples – if you want to know what rubrics are, the importance of communicating rubrics to students, and some examples (from the TLT Group).
- AAC&U's VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) metarubrics for a variety of general education skills & dispositions, based on reviews of rubrics from many campuses. A sample rubric appears in the Overview. The fall/winter 2011-12 issue of AAC&U's peerReview focuses on campus experience with the VALUE rubrics.
- Winona State University has an extensive list of rubrics for various disciplines, skills, and college-level assignments includes examples from many institutions.
- Bowling Green State University. Rubrics developed by the Student Achievement Assessment Committee at Bowling Green State University.
- California State University, Fresno, with suggestions for developing and using rubrics.
- College of Charleston's links to general education rubrics.
- Palomar College. Select Benchmarks.
- State University of New York rubrics for campus-based general education assessment (scroll down to strengthening campus based assessment).
- EduMetry's services include rubric-based scoring and analysis of student work products as well as consultation on designing learning outcomes and associated rubrics.
- Authentic Assessment Toolbox — When we set up assessment goals and objectives, we ask ‘What do we want our students to know, value and do?” Authentic Assessment refers to the application of knowledge, what we want our students to do, especially in real-world situations. The Toolbox helps in developing rubrics for such ‘authentic’ assessments.
- Grading rubrics Examples of rubrics used for assessing team presentations, case presentations, training presentations, handbook evaluation, team member evaluation, class discussion evaluation, conceptual models, and ethics audit (from D. Swenson, College of St. Scholastica).
- Rubistar free tool to create rubrics - a way to pick and choose descriptions of performance levels useful to assess oral projects, multimedia, math, research and writing, products, reading, art, work skills, science, or music.
- Issues in creating effective rubrics
GRADES AS OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT: "WE ALREADY GIVE GRADES. ISN'T THAT ENOUGH?"
- Do grades make the grade for program assessment?, an article from ABET.
- Carnegie Mellon University's Whys and Hows topic "Grading vs. Assessment of Learning Outcomes: What’s the difference?"
- Kenyon College's assessment workbook topic "Why do assessment at all? Grading and assessment",
- Long Beach City College's white paper "Assessment of student learning outcomes vs. grades"
- New Mexico State University's assessment handbook (scroll down to "Why can't we just use grades?")
- Old Dominion University's Assessment Topic "Why not grades?"
- Why Don't Grades Count As Assessment? from The New School (scroll down to Why Don't...), and the University of Massachussetts-Amherst's assessment handbook (find the section on "Assessment and grading").
GLOSSARIES: ASSESSMENT TERMS
- Assessment Definitions, from California State University, Long Beach
- Assessment Glossary, from Dartmouth College.
- Assessment Glossary, from Ferris State University.
- Assessment Glossary, from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
- Assessment Glossary of Terms, from California State University, Sacramento.
- Assessment Terminology: A Glossary of Useful Terms.
- Learning Outcomes Assessment Glossary, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.