Assessment Links

This list is the product of a partnership between Syracuse University's Center for Support of Teaching and Learning and the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education, Bureau of Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness.

The inclusion of these links on this server does not constitute an endorsement by either Syracuse University or the New York State Education Department. 

Please contact us with any additions or changes to this list of links.  


Table of Contents

National and International Networks 
State Networks
General Assessment of Student Development
Assessing the Freshman Year Experience
Assessing Leadership Skills
Assessing Service Learning
Biology and the Biosciences
Business and Accounting
Engineering and Applied Sciences
English and Composition
Health Professions
The Library Sciences
Political Science
Sites Covering Multiple Disciplines
Spoken Languages Other Than English
Two Year Institutions 
Four Year or More Institutions
General Sites
Institutional Sites
(For Students, Faculty, and Administration)



National and International Networks

University of Kentucky Assessment list

A worldwide community of faculty researchers and administrators interested in assessment. 
Subscribe by sending mail to with a message of ASSESS Your Name.

  (back to top ^)

State Networks

California Assessment Initiative (CAI)

A consortium for training staff and faculty in assessment.

New Mexico Higher Education Outcomes Assessment Information

Notes from an annual conference, bi-annual newsletters, an electronic email list serve, and networking opportunities.

Virginia Assessment Group (VAG)
John Tyler Community College
The Virginia Assessment Group (VAG) is an association of college personnel engaged in institutional assessment activities on their respective campuses. VAG is dedicated to the goals of promoting the continued high quality of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia through assessment practices. VAG serves as a forum for the expression of ideas about assessment practices and as a network for communication and collaboration among public and private institutions and state agencies. VAG also sponsors an annual assessment conference.

  (back to top ^)


Benefit/Cost Models for Evaluating Technology-Mediated Environments

Co-convened by the California State University system and SHEEO, this project has developed 1) a conceptual model to estimate the costs and benefits of various distributed instructional delivery modes and to compare them with the costs and benefits of classroom delivery, and 2) ten institutional case studies which demonstrate different combinations of programmatic goals, technology and cost structures.

Flashlight Program

The Flashlight Program offers site-licensed tool kits, standard surveys, consulting, training, and free resources for educators evaluating educational uses of technology and their costs. This web-based service helps you create, administer, and evaluate surveys. You can create your own questions or draw on pre-tested items from the Current Student Inventory. You can use surveys created by others as templates and, if you like, post your own surveys for others to share.

  (back to top ^)


General Assessment of Student Development

Service Learning Clearinghouse Project

This site disseminates resource information on service-learning assessment and evaluation, as well as more general higher education assessment and evaluation

  (back to top ^)

Assessing the Freshman Year Experience

The First Year Initiative

A national benchmarking project that assesses outcomes associated with first year seminars.

The Freshman Year Experience at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

This study in progress describes how freshmen who entered UNC Charlotte in Fall 1997 connected to the University and examines the relationships between those connections (individual, programmatic, and environmental) and academic performance.

Freshman Year Initiative (FYI) at Queens College, City University of New York, directed by Judith Summerfield and Martin Braun c/o
UCLA Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)
"Your First College Year" (YFCY) Survey

YFCY is a survey designed for use at the end of the first college year. It measures how students change across the first year of college and evaluates the effects of first-year programs and policies. YFCY yields data that can be used to improve the effectiveness of academic and co-curricular programs, retention rates, and learning outcomes.
Any questions about the 2002 administration, please contact Shannon
Gilmartin or Jennifer Keup, YFCY Project Co-Managers, at (310) 825-1925

  (back to top ^)

Assessing Leadership Skills

National Clearinghouse of Leadership Programs, University of Maryland (Jan 2001)

Leadership training programs and assessment instruments

  (back to top ^)

Assessing Service Learning

Service Learning Clearinghouse Project

This site disseminates resource information on service-learning assessment and evaluation, as well as more general higher education assessment and evaluation

  (back to top ^)


American Association for Higher Education: Assessment Forum

A national network connecting and supporting higher education stakeholders involved in assessment. The association sponsors and publishes an annual national conference.

Annotated lists of readings and list serves related to assessment

Assessment and Evaluation

Topically organized links to resources for outcomes assessment, assessment of learning, evaluation, and institutional effectiveness. Searchable list of resources available at Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction.

Assessment for Student Development Clearinghouse

Career-related instruments, environmental assessment tools, higher education evaluation tools, learning styles assessments, miscellaneous assessment instruments, outcomes assessments, user friendly personality instruments, retention measures, student development instruments, and values measures

Association for Institutional Research

Links to assessment web sites.

American Evaluation Association (AEA)

The AEA’s mission is to improve evaluation practice and methods; increase evaluation use; promote evaluation as a profession; and support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action. Its web site archives papers from previous annual conferences.

ERIC/AE Database of Current Abstracts on Assessment

The ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation (ERIC/AE) has put up an experimental database of abstracts for the most recent articles and papers on assessment, evaluation, research methods and learning theory. These abstracts developed by ERIC/AE can be viewed as they are developed - typically within 2 or 3 weeks of the Clearinghouse receiving a paper or journal issue.

ERIC CRIB Sheet on Assessment

Critical Issue Bibliography (CRIB) Sheets are brief selected ERIC bibliographies on topics of interest in the field of higher education. All CRIB Sheets are updated quarterly. The Assessment bibliography includes the topics of Institutional Assessment; Assessment and Learning Environment; Methods/Techniques; and Statewide/Regional and National Approaches.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association

Assessment resources, reports, case studies, analyses, and worksheets.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

"Best Practices in Outcomes Assessment"

National Academy for Academic Leadership, Dr. Robert M. Diamond, President

Assessing institutional readiness for change.

National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
Detailed information about publications on assessment and survey research available through NCHEMS.

National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

The center provides studies, analyses, publications, and reports relevant to decision-making in higher education, and in doing so, aids in the formulation of higher education policy.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, United Kingdom

Links to extensive information about quality assurance in higher education in the UK, including information about institutional standards for 22 academic disciplines, the UK’s quality review process and quality review reports of individual institutions.

Student Learning: An Inventory of State-Level Assessment Activities

This document summarizes proceedings and conclusions of a two-day national planning work-shop on the topic of furthering the assessment of national postsecondary outcomes, sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and held in Washington, D.C. on December 7-8, 1995.

  (back to top ^)


Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Knowledge Network – an electronic resource center of promising practices in undergraduate education and general education.

Association of College and Research Libraries

Information literacy standards reviewed by the ACRL Standards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors of the (ACRL) on January 18, 2000, at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in San Antonio, Texas.

California State University, Northridge

General education goals and student learning outcomes.

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
Automated essay grading. A FIPSE-funded project to create national norms for the quality of writing in documents commonly found in electronic student portfolios

Quantitative Reasoning

In 1996, the Mathematical Association of America’s Board of Governors approved the report, "Quantitative Reasoning for College Graduates: A Complement to the Standards." The text of the full report may be found at the MAA Online Web address.

SUNY General Education Assessment Review

The General Education Assessment Review (GEAR) group critiques campus assessment plans and approves those that meet the criteria established by the Task Force for effective assessment. The reviews of campus General Education assessment plans will focus exclusively on the campus's assessment processes and procedures, not the assessment outcomes themselves. Will also function as a resource to help campuses develop their assessment plans.

  (back to top ^)


Campus Climate Assessment Forum

Frequently asked questions, books, articles, and institutional surveys.

Noel/Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory

Asks students to rate 70 items about your campus to indicate how satisfied they are with the service specified. Then asks students to rate the importance they assign to 70 statements about your campus.

  (back to top ^)


The Center for Teaching at the University of Iowa

A teaching goals inventory and self-assessment tools.

Southern Illinois University site maintained by Douglas Eder

Classroom assessment techniques.

  (back to top ^)

Assessment Guides for Practitioners

Assessment Manual (Texas A&M Univ.)

How to develop a campus or departmental assessment process

Assessment for People Who Do Not Have Time to Do Assessment (Concordia College)
Five basic steps to assess what students are learning in their majors.

Assessment Resource Guide (Western Carolina University)

Steps for developing assessment plans, including mission statements, goals, performance measures, and senior assignments.

Busy Chairperson's Guide to Assessment (Southeast Missouri State Univ.)

Assessment questions and answers, specific to reviewing, implementing, and reporting departmental assessment programs.

FAQ (frequently-asked questions) from the University of Texas System

Includes many common questions about jargon, how assessing a program is different from other assessment that faculty do, etc.

Guidelines for Assessment (California State Univ., Chico)

These guidelines provide assistance in gathering, analyzing, and using evidence relating to the effectiveness of educational programs and support services.

Guidelines for the Institutional Assessment of Student Learning (Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges).

Guidelines for the development of institutional assessment plans; a series of potential questions to be addressed in an institutional assessment program; examples of current projects related to these questions; and general suggestions for implementing a successful outcomes assessment program.

Managing a Program of Outcomes Assessment.

A workshop presented by James Volkwein at the 1998 Association for Institutional Research annual forum.

Stepping Ahead: An Assessment Plan Development Guide (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology).

An overview of eight steps for developing an assessment plan. To obtain a free copy, contact Kathy Gregory at (812) 877-8816 ; email: Kathy.Gregory@Rose-Hulman.Edu.

Suggestions for Getting Started

From Student Outcomes Assessment: Opportunities and Strategies (Norene C. & Peter A. Facione). Posted by California Academic Press, which publishes instruments for and offers consulting on critical thinking assessment.

Ten Step Plan: Developing an Assessment Plan for Your Program.

From National Center for Postsecondary Teaching, Learning and Assessment
(NCTLA); posted by St. Cloud State University

  (back to top ^)

ASSESSMENT IN DISCIPLINES (not limited to the college level)


An Anthropology Department Assessment Plan

Includes mission statement, goals, and a yearly timetable; discusses measurements, interviews, evaluations, and surveys.

Assessment Plan for the Major in Anthropology (California State University Sacramento)

Includes assessment measures and strategies.

Anthropology Program Assessment Report (Ohio University)

Outlines goals and objectives, assessment mechanisms, assessment results, and recommendations for improvement.

Department of Anthropology - Graduate Self-Assessment (University of California Santa Barbara)

Provides criteria for the self-assessment process.

A List of Anthropology Assessment Goals

UIUC Anthropology Outcomes Assessment Plan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The mission, student learning objectives, measures and methods, using assessment results, timeline for implementation, resources and support.

  (back to top ^)

Biology and the Biosciences

Standards for the Ph.D. Degree in the Molecular Biosciences

Contains recommendations of the Committee on Education of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

  (back to top ^)

Business and Accounting

American Accounting Association

Policies and objectives for outcomes assessment in accounting programs.

Business Administration, Student Outcomes Assessment Program (SOAP)

Describes the assessment program and provides writing competency tests in accounting, finance, marketing, management, and computer information systems.

National Business Educators Association

Disseminates information about business education competencies, business education standards, and business education curriculum guides.

Teaching and Curricular Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA)

Policy, objectives, etc. for outcomes assessment in accounting programs as of 1992-93.

  (back to top ^)


AACC (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)

Provides learning objectives, self-assessment questions, charts, graphs, glossaries, and bibliographies.

Department of Chemistry Departmental Assessment Program

A model of a department's self- examination that consists of student evaluation forms, periodic surveys of alumni and employers and a formal assessment program.

John Moores University School of Pharmacy and Chemistry Assessment Regulations (Liverpool, England)

Organic Chemistry Online

A spectroscopy assessment quiz that covers the theory and practice of IR, proton and carbon NMR, and mass spectroscopy. (A model to help students perform self-assessment).

  (back to top ^)


Department of Economics Assessment of Instruction (Utah State University)
Student opinions of instruction surveys; peer assessment of instruction; senior projects; senior exit interviews; and alumni surveys.

The Fifth Annual Assessment Conference
Sponsored by the College of Business and Economics, California State University, Fullerton & the CSU Chancellor's Office

Techniques and strategies that work well for assessing programs; implementation of assessment plans at multiple institutional levels; "closing the loop" by using assessment data for program improvement.

The Status and Perceptions of University Outcomes Assessment in Economics

Published in the Journal of Economic Education, this study reviews the status of student outcomes assessment in departments of economics at colleges and universities across the country.

  (back to top ^)

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Foundation Coalition: Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment instruments, summary reports from coalition institutions, links to assessment resources, and ABET 2000 accreditation criteria

Gateway Engineering Education Coalition

Papers and presentations on developing assessment programs; surveys and other tools used by coalition institutions.

National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS): Assessment Team Implementation Plan at University of California Berkeley

A compendium of formative, summative and validative assessment methods.

North Carolina State University - College of Engineering: ABET 2000

Links to ABET 2000 accreditation criteria and information. Departmental mission statements, guidelines for developing program educational objectives (ABET 2000 Criterion 2) and program outcomes and assessment (Criterion 3).

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology

An overview of the school's program assessment and continuous improvement processes; contains program assessment documents.

Southeastern University and College Coalition for Engineering Sciences (SUCCEED)

An outcomes assessment guide with planning documents from coalition institutions; surveys, capstone experience, and portfolio methods used by coalition institutions; and resources, relevant white papers, etc.

  (back to top ^)

English and Composition

Assessing Writing at Western Washington University - Office of Institutional Assessment

The assessment dialogue, a rubric for successful writing, and a review of a writing assessment pilot project.

Automated Essay Grading (AEG)

An assessment technology that permits computerized evaluation of written English, and is based on empirically derived rating models

First Year College Composition Outcomes Statement

A project to generate a nation-wide outcomes statement for first-year college composition. Supported by the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

  (back to top ^)


Quality Assessment Report for London School of Economics and Political Science
This report presents the findings of an assessment of the quality of education provided in geography by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
The report also contains geography learning aims and objectives; assessment of student learning experiences and student achievement; and conclusions and recommendations.

  (back to top ^)

Health Professions

American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Education Center

The AACN web site provides curriculum standards and educational resources.

Assessment Center for Health Professions Education.

Assessment resources and services for health professions educators.

Harrell Professional Development and Assessment Center at the University of Florida

Computerized assessment for medical training.

  (back to top ^)


Suggested Assessment Strategies - part of the Law 12 Integrated Research Package

The assessment strategies in this IRP describe a variety of ideas and methods for gathering evidence of student performance, and provide examples of criteria for assessing the extent to which the prescribed learning outcomes have been met.
Also see; samples of linking criteria to learning outcomes.

  (back to top ^)

The Library Sciences

American Library Association

This web site contains publications of two "Congresses of Professional Education" where values and core competencies of the profession were discussed, in addition to strategies for action to address common issues and concerns.

  (back to top ^)


American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (Jan 2001)

In June 1993, the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) published the document, "Guidelines for Mathematics Departments at Two-Year Colleges." The AMATYC guidelines address more specifically the concerns of these
institutions. The AMATYC Guidelines may be found at the AMATYC web address

Mathematical Association of America
Guidelines for programs and departments 
in Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences
that were approved by the Board of Governors in August 2000. These guidelines were originally developed between 1990 and 1993 and were approved, in their original form, by the MAA Board of Governors in 1993. The Guidelines are a living document. A Task Force for Revising the 1993 Guidelines was appointed in 1997. The current document is a result of their work.

The Math Forum at Swarthmore College.
Assessment in mathematics teaching. Focus is K-12 but some information, methods, references/links appropriate for college-level courses.

  (back to top ^)


The American Philosophical Association's Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy
This site contains an "Online Resource Center" that provides a collection of syllabi from all areas of philosophical study; a "What Works" database offering short descriptions of successful classroom practices; and discussion boards covering a variety of topics, including assessment and evaluation.


Physics: Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment and evaluation process phases, student progress strategies, student assessment record-keeping program, and evaluation curriculum.

Physics Assessment Test

College Physics I Assessment Post-test Purpose 1. This test measures student achievement of certain physics concepts. When the student completes the test finish a score that is itemized by topic will be provided.

Physics Education Research Ph.D. Programs in the USA

A list of links to Universities' physics programs' web sites that contain instructional methods and assessment tools.

  (back to top ^)

Political Science

Academic Assessment Success: Political Science

Examples of academic assessment reports and assessment forms; alumni surveys and alumni survey reports.

Department of Political Science Assessment Activities (Ohio University)

Learning goals, questionnaires, examinations of student evaluations of instructors and courses, examinations of internship sponsors' reports, and overviews of effective teaching and advising.

Eastern New Mexico University Political Science, Undergraduate Program
The Academic Outcomes Assessment Plan for the Academic Year 1999-2000

Ensuring Teaching Quality at University of Western Australia (UWA)

Key features of departmental activity in political science identified as having the greatest impact on maintaining or improving the quality of teaching.

On-Going Assessment in the Political Science Program (Utah State University)
Outlines of program objectives, program effectiveness, questionnaires for graduating seniors, and external reviews; and the Department of Political Science Annual Assessment Report.

A Political Science Assessment Plan (Weber State University)

The mission statement, student learning outcomes, a curriculum grid, and the results of assessment in political science programs.

Political Science Program Assessment (The University of South Carolina)

Minutes from the Political Science Program Assessment Committee. Information department's assessment methods, entrance and exit exams, and student portfolios.

  (back to top ^)

Sites Covering Multiple Disciplines

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, United Kingdom (Feb 2001)

Benchmarking standards for 22 academic fields

Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide for Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology Instructors.

The Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG) was designed by and for college and university instructors in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) disciplines to offer a readily accessible, up-to-date resource of classroom-tested assessment tools for instructors who have an interest in sharing and implementing new approaches to evaluating student learning, attitudes and performance. The Guide is part of the Innovations in SMET Education web site, developed by the National Institute for Science Education.

The National Skills Standards Board

Skill standards, assessment and certification for fifteen industries.

  (back to top ^)


CSU Sponsored Sociology Assessment Workshop (April 22-23, 1999) - San Diego State University

A summary of the workshop.

Sociology Assessment Plan
How to assess student learning outcomes, the mission statement, a curriculum grid, and the results of assessment.

Sociology Assessment Report (Ohio University)

Includes program objectives, major field assessment test data, advising data, and exit questionnaire data.

Sociology Department Exit Interview (University of Nebraska at Kearney)

Yearly results of exit evaluations of graduating majors and minors concerning their attitudes and achievements as Sociology students.

A Sociology Major Evaluation Form

  (back to top ^)

Spoken Languages Other Than English

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) (University of Minnesota)
The Minnesota Language Proficiency Assessment (MLPA)

This battery of instruments is designed to measure learners' proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and in French, German, and Spanish. The assessments developed to date include: Contextualized Reading Assessment (CoRA), Contextualized Writing Assessment (CoWA), Contextualized Speaking Assessment (CoSA), and Contextualized Listening Assessment (CoLA)

Developing Speaking and Writing Tasks for Second Language Assessment: A Miniguide for Assessment Development

This short guide contains a framework that will help teachers create speaking and writing tasks and tests that are directly linked to classroom practice. The guide includes tools and worksheets that can be tailored to a variety of classroom contexts and a range of students' needs, using a model based on extensive research and piloting done by the Minnesota Articulation Project members and the Assessment Team at Center for the Advanced Research on Language Acquisition.

CARLA Summer Institute's for Second Language Teacher's

Intended for both veteran and novice second language teachers, as well as for administrators, this institute is primarily designed to examine the role assessment plays in today's performance-based classroom. Through exploration of proficiency-oriented principles and context-based classroom assessment techniques, participants will construct a pedagogical framework to establish a clear connection across teaching, learning and assessment. The framework will guide participants in developing their own assessment instruments and in selecting, or modifying, existing techniques that best suit their purposes.

National African Language Resource Center (University of Wisconsin)

African Language Program Evaluation Guidelines: A project to develop guidelines for evaluating African language programs which are consistent with both national guidelines for program assessment and the goals of African language program coordinators in the United States.

  (back to top ^)


Two Year Institutions

Northern Essex Community College

Action plans and performance measures for increasing student success.

Oakton Community College

A five-year cycle, a review of every instructional, instructional support, and student services program at the institution.

  (back to top ^)

Four Year or More Institutions

Arkansas University

The academic assessment program, including reviews of academic programs and assessment of student learning outcomes.

Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania)

Overview of assessment methods and results of Outcomes Assessment section of 1999 Middle States accreditation self study.

California State University, Northridge

Information from the Office of Assessment: assessment policy, assessment program forms, assessment grants and resources.

California State University, Sacramento: Office of Institutional Research

Statistics, strategic plan, performance indicators, theme assessment papers, planning priorities, progress reports, survey instruments, academic and non-academic program reviews.

California State University System

Student Learning and Outcomes Assessment. Learning outcomes for academic degree programs, learning outcomes for general education, assessment contacts, a student assessment newsletter, and the assessment program center.

Carnegie-Mellon University's Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence

Provides faculty a variety of resources for ongoing assessment of teaching. These are for formative mid-course corrections, not end-of-term summative course or faculty evaluations.

Dixie College: Institutional Effectiveness

General education plans, assessment instruments, and the institutional effectiveness mission statement.

Eastern New Mexico University Assessment Resource Office

Academic outcomes assessment plans and classroom assessment techniques.

James Madison University Center for Assessment and Research Studies

Assessment tips, techniques, and examples.

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Institutional Improvement
Assessment committees, program reviews, planning, and budgeting.

Meredith College, Office of Enrollment Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Guidelines for institutional effectiveness, an inventory of academic departments' assessment methods, and information on the Department Council on Institutional Effectiveness and the Committee on Expected Educational Outcomes.

Montana State University - Student Outcomes Assessment

Committees, techniques, capstone courses, advising, and surveys.

Oberlin College Office of Institutional Research

Plans for assessing student outcomes.

Pennsylvania State University - Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Contains a review of documents from all academic departments for the purpose of recommending ways to increase the consistency and quality of the assessment activities of the College. Also displays an inventory of assessment methods that identify current and systematic assessment efforts by academic departments.

Seton Hall Outcomes Assessment

Contains an overview of the assessment process, assessment methods in use by academic departments, and an annotated list of assessment-related books.

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Assessment Plan at

Syracuse University, Center for Support of Teaching and Learning

Strategies for assessing student learning, and questions and answers about assessment.

University of Alaska-Anchorage

A brief description of the institution's assessment plan.

University of Colorado at Boulder - Undergraduate Assessment Outcomes

Assessment methods used by academic departments and programs, graduate-year assessment plans, standardized tests, notes from assessment committee meetings, and results of curricular changes.

University of Maryland - Campus Assessment Working Group (CAWG)
Gathers and exchanges information about the student, staff, and faculty experience at the university. The data feeds directly into program and campus improvement efforts.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst: The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment

Assessment publications.

University of Missouri-Columbia Assessment Resource Center
The Assessment Resource Center offers comprehensive assessment assistance to individuals and to institutions in areas including research and evaluation, test and survey development, hand scoring of performance assessments, statistical analyses, and interpretation and reporting.

Willamette University Assessment Program

Assessment guidelines developed by the University's Task Force on Assessment.

  (back to top ^)


Assessing Educators and Courses

Articles and tools for gauging educator and course effectiveness.

Assessment of Learning through Technology for Efficiency and Rigour

Computer aided assessment.

Assessment Management Tool
TracDat, co-developed by Dr. Michael Choban of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Software to help manage assessment, including planning, data storage, data analysis, data utilization and follow-up.

Assessment Update: Progress, Trends, and Practices in Higher Education

Assessment Update provides information and practical advice on conducting assessments in student learning and outcomes, faculty instruction, academic programs and curricula, student services, and overall institutional functioning.

California Academic Press: Consulting for Academic Institutions

Custom designed assessment for desired learning outcomes and service outcomes.
A multi-disciplinary consulting team that helps institutions develop customized assessment tools and data gathering strategies.

Center for Post-secondary Research and Planning (Indiana University)
College Students Experiences Questionnaire

The College Student Experiences Questionnaire (CSEQ) measures student progress and the quality of students' experiences inside and outside the classroom. The CSEQ is a versatile tool that assesses the quality of effort college students expend in using the resources and opportunities provided by the institution for their learning and development.

Computer Assisted Assessment Centre (CAA)

The CAA Centre web site has been designed to provide information and guidance on the use of computer-assisted assessment in higher education.

Educational Evaluation and Assessment Consultants

A firm that specializes in the evaluation and development of data systems as well as program evaluation and student testing.

Educational Testing Services (ETS)

Individualized guidance-oriented models of integrated instruction and assessment.

Fifth International Computer Assisted Assessment (CAA) Conference
2nd and 3rd July 2001 - Loughborough University, United Kingdom

A two-day Conference organized by Learning and Teaching Development at

Loughborough University.

Flashlight Online

This is a Web-based service for creating, administering, and analyzing surveys. You can create your own questions or draw on pre-tested items from the Current Student Inventory. You can use surveys created by others as templates and, if you like, post your own surveys for others to share.

Free Assessment Survey Tool (FAST)

Mount Royal College provides free access to its teacher assessment tool that allows learners to give anonymous web-based feedback. Assessment questions can be customized, and reports are generated in MSExcel format. You must register to use this service.

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) College Student Survey (CSS) - UCLA Graduate School of Education -

The CSS helps institutions respond to the needs of assessment and accountability by providing information on a broad range of student outcomes. The CSS provides feedback on your students' academic and campus life experiences.

IDEA Center (Individual Development Educational Assessment)

Assessment products and services for sale to faculty, department chairs, deans, administrators, researchers and on campus coordinators.

Institute for Technology Development

The ITD assists the education community in the effective use of technology in teaching and learning through workshops, consultation, program assessment tools, faculty training and development, planning and project management, and technology support.

Labyrinth Forum

Creating Student portfolios. Guidelines for constructing tests.

National Postsecondary Education Consortium (NPEC)

Information on postsecondary assessment tools for critical thinking, problem solving and writing.

The NPEC Sourcebook, Volume 1

The NPEC Sourcebook, Volume 1 is a compendium of information about tests at the postsecondary education level used to assess three skills: critical thinking, problem solving, and writing. The Sourcebook is a tool for people who are seeking comparative data about the policy-relevance of student outcomes measured in these 3 skill areas.

NPEC Sourcebook on Assessment Volume 2: Selected Institutions Utilizing Assessment Results

The NPEC Sourcebook on Assessment, Volume 2 presents a series of case studies at postsecondary institutions that highlight the successful use of assessment data for external policy-related decision making purposes.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
The survey evaluates the quality of higher education by measuring educational practices related to successful teaching and learning and provides benchmarks to institutions. Summary of report at

The Office of Educational Assessment Instructional Assessment System (IAS)

A program to collect and summarize student ratings of instruction at the postsecondary level.

Question Mark

Software for creating, delivering and reporting on assessment.

Senior Assignments
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Each senior is required to complete a Senior Assignment that demonstrates proficiency in the major and academic breadth commensurate with SIUE's general education expectations. Each Senior Assignment (SRA) is a scholarly engagement between a senior student and dedicated professor(s) that results in a product. SRAs foster creativity and self-reliance by encouraging each student to gain control over his or her own educational experience, to become something more than a skilled classroom stenographer.

The TLT Group: Teaching, Learning and Technology

Tools, information, training, and consulting that accelerate educational improvement while also helping to control the costs and ease the stresses of change.

Webfolios (the term used for on-line student portfolios) as assessment tools

A site prepared by Kathy A. Fitch, Assistant Professor of English, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL, kafkaz@KWOM.COM
Also see:

  (back to top ^)


General Sites

Results of an on-line survey of graduate students funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with help from the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students

Send messages to list:
Student Assessment of Learning Gains Instrument

A web version of Elaine Seymour's Student Assessment of Learning Gains instrument, which can be used at the end of a course or during the course, this evaluation is tailored to the particular course. The instructor enters in the types of learning opportunities presented (labs, group work, etc.), course goals, and so forth. The evaluation form includes course goals in a basic structure which asks students about how various aspects of the class helped their learning, how well they understand the material, etc. Students can respond to the form on-line (a variety of security measures are incorporated) and the responses are analyzed. Sue Daffinrud of University of Wisconsin, Madison developed the web site.

  (back to top ^)

Institutional Sites

University of California - Santa Barbara's Evaluation System for Courses and Instruction (ESCI)

ESCI is a computerized evaluation service administered through UCSB's Office of Instructional Consultation. ESCI processes the results of course evaluations for one or more courses - for one or more instructors or teaching assistants. This system is available both to individual faculty members and to entire departments.

Grinnell College's Student Ratings of Instruction.

reports of a 1999-2000 test of a college-wide evaluation form.

Indiana University's on-line manual for the Multi-Op course evaluation system.
Multi-Op is a course-instructor evaluation system used by many IUB departments. Instructors can select up to 35 items from a bank of 198 items, and include up to 15 self-written items.

Course Ratings at Kansas State University

Information about the Individual Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) and TEVAL student rating systems.

Michigan State University's Student Instructional Rating System (SIRS).

Documentation on Constructing Student Instructional Rating Forms has useful hints for those developing a student rating system.

Pennsylvania State University
Students' Evaluation of Educational Quality
Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness (SRTE).

Southeastern Louisiana University's Student Opinion of Teaching (SOT).

Guidelines for analyzing narrative comments and for department heads' use of narrative comments, and the form faculty can use to report factors that might influence their SOT results in a particular class.

Texas A&M's Student Ratings of Faculty (SRF).

Ratings for individual courses and instructors are available to Texas A&M students, faculty, and staff.

University of Arizona's Evaluation of Teaching. Teacher-Course Evaluation (TCE)

Ratings for individual courses and instructors are available to UA students, faculty, and staff.

University of Colorado-Boulder's Faculty Course Questionnaire (FCQ).

Includes results by section and instructor for students to use when choosing courses.

University of Washington's Instructional Assessment System (IAS).

IAS Online is the UW Office of Educational Assessment's web-based course evaluation system. A Course Evaluation Catalog lists results by section and instructor for UW students to use when choosing courses.

  (back to top ^)

 (For Students, Faculty, and Administration)

AAC&U National Survey on Diversity Requirements

This survey of 546 colleges and universities across the country found that 62 percent of respondents report that they either have in place a diversity requirement or they are in the process of developing one. The survey was administered by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and supported by the James Irvine Foundation.

California State University, San Bernardino Diversity Committee

A strategic plan to create a campus climate that "welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience."

Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory in Post-secondary Education Settings

The CCAI self-assessment, a test from NCS, can be used to help individuals or institutions uncover their current strengths and weaknesses within four critical skill areas important for effective cross-cultural communication and interaction. It can help provide insight into an individual's ability to adapt to new situations, interact with people different from oneself, tolerate ambiguity, and maintain a sense of self in new or different surroundings.

Discovering Diversity Profile

The Discovering Diversity Profile helps employees assess their behavior toward people who are different from themselves.

Diversity Web Sources in Higher Education

Identifies web sites that emphasize institutional vision on diversity issues, recruitment of minority faculty, library organizations working to achieve diversity, and related issues.

Instruments Described in the ERIC A/E Test Locator.
Attitudes Toward Diversity Scale

Cultural Diversity Awareness Inventory

Diversity Awareness Assessment

Intrapersonal Diversity Awareness Profile

How Can the Results of Our Diversity Initiative Be Measured?

The University of Maryland Diversity Database

The University of Maryland's Diversity Database is a comprehensive index of
Multicultural and Diversity Resources

  (back to top ^)