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Assessment Definitions
from California State University, Long Beach

A list of definitions related to assessment. Maintained by the Academic Senate Assessment Committee at California State University, Long Beach.

Assessment Terminology: A Glossary of Useful Terms
from New Horizons for Learning

A list of terms that are used to describe current educational assessment practices. Published by New Horizons for Learning --an international, nonprofit educational network.

Instructional Assessment Resources
Virtual Assessment Center, University of Texas

A web site offering assessment resources related to instruction and instructional technologies. Developed for educators, students, and researchers by the Division of Instruction Innovation And Assessment (DIIA), University of Texas.

Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment
from North Carolina State University

An extensive list of Internet resources on outcomes assessment from the University Planning and Analysis office at North Carolina State University. Divided into the categories of general resources, assessment "handbooks", assessment of specific skills or content, individual institutions' assessment-related pages, accrediting bodies, and student assessment of courses & faculty.

Managing A Program Of Outcomes Assessment
Conducted by: James Frederick Volkwien, AIR 37th Annual Forum, Pre-Forum Workshop. Prepared by: Timothy Chow, assisted by Patricia Cunnington.

An instructional web site based on a Pre-Forum Workshop on assessment of the Association for Institutional Research 37th Annual Forum hosted by the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University.

Outcomes Assessment Resources on the Web
developed by Mark Troy

A list of Internet resources related specifically to assessment in higher education and from the Office of Measurement and Research Services at Texas A & M University. Organized into eight categories, including university assessment; agencies, institutes and organizations; assessment instruments and techniques; and benchmarking.

Using Assessment for Academic Program Improvement
developed by the University of Wisconsin at Madison

A how-to manual on improving academic programs using assessment tools. Intended for use by department chairs and other interested faculty in developing assessment plans at the departmental level. Produced by the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Articles and Books

Assessing Student Competence in Accredited Disciplines: Pioneering Approaches to Assessment in Higher Education, edited by Catherine A. Palomba and Trudy W. Banta. Stylus, 2001.

Highlighting pioneering assessment efforts in accredited disciplines, this book discusses programs that were among the first to face the new culture of outcomes assessment and student-centered teaching and learning. The essays review the history, current state, and projected future of accreditation and program responses in teacher education, pharmacy, nursing, social work, business, computer science, engineering, and the visual arts.

Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness: Understanding Middle States Expectations, Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 2005.

This brief but informative publication produced by higher education accreditor Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) contains information essential for any program or institution attempting to align outcomes assessment processes with accreditation standards. All MSCHE publications are available online at

Assessment Essentials: Planning, Implementing, and Improving Assessment in Higher Education, by Catherine A. Palomba and Trudy W. Banta. Jossey-Bass, 1999.

A guide to current practices for developing assessment programs on college and university campuses. Outlines the assessment process using examples to show how assessment is conducted. Each chapter of the book addresses a specific aspect of assessment and is designed to walk users through various steps of the assessment process.

Assessing Graduate and Professional Education: Current Realities, Future Prospects, by Jennifer Grant Haworth. Jossey-Bass, 1996.

Aimed at the professionals who are directly involved with assessment programs and at the individuals who set the policies that affect them. Focuses on methods for conducting assessments of graduate and professional education and reports the results of such assessments.

How Accreditation Influences Assessment, edited by James L. Ratcliff, Edward S. Lubinescu, Maureen A. Gaffney. (New Directions for Higher Education, no. 113). Jossey-Bass, 2001.

Covers perspectives and research on new developments in accreditation and assessment in light of the shift in accreditation from standards to student learning outcomes examines institutional and programmatic requirements to demonstrate student outcomes. Discusses six new directions in the accreditation and assessment process to offer ways to enhance student, faculty, and institutional learning.

“A Model for Developing an Outcomes Assessment Plan: The Regents College Outcomes Assessment Framework” by Paula E. Peinovich, Mitchell S. Nesler, and Todd S. Thomas. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, no. 75 (Fall 1997): 55-64.

Describes an outcomes framework based on a multiple measures approach to assessing institutional effectiveness to serve as the basis for continuous improvement of academic programs and services for adult learners.

Outcomes Assessment in Higher Education: Views and Perspectives edited by Robert E. Dugan and Peter Hernon. Libraries Unlimited, 2004.

Focuses on assessing institutional quality and effectiveness. Includes diverse perspectives from assessment associations, regional accrediting bodies, faculty members, and librarians on determining assessment options and how to proceed in establishing and applying assessment programs.

A Road Map For Improvement Of Student Learning and Support Services Through Assessment, James O. Nichols and Karen W. Nichols. Agathon Press, 2005.

A practical guide to the planning and implementation of continuous outcomes assessment procedures across the institution using the "Five-Column Model." Chapters devoted to a broad range of topics provide clearly outlined examples of successful outcomes assessment initiatives across the institutional, departmental, and program level. Read the publisher's full description at

Student Outcomes Assessment: A Historical Review and Guide to Program Development, by Serbrenia J. Sims. (Contributions to the Study of Education Series, no. 52). Greenwood Press, 1992.

Traces the history of outcomes assessment initiatives and summarizes model approaches at several universities. Discusses national achievement tests, governmental intervention in institutional policy, and the accreditation of colleges and universities.