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Assessment Resources

Student Learning Outcomes or SLO's are statements of observable and measurable student performance which provide the foundation for the assessment of student learning. "Student will be able to ." They define what a student will be able to do at the end of a learning activity, course, or program.

AWC Academic Program Learning Outcomes Rubric

AWC Academic Program Assessment Plan Rubric

AWC Academic Course Level Assessment Plan Rubic

AWC Institutional Department Assessment Plan Rubic

University of Hawaii at Manoa Assessment Resources

  • Examples of Program Assessment in Action
  • Identify Learning Evidence for Program-level Assessment Uses - When conducting program-level assessment of student learning, programs investigate whether students learned what faculty expected them to learn. But what evidence of learning should the program collect? Options range from students’ research reports to oral presentations/defenses to licensing or other exams administered by an external organization. In this workshop, participants will learn how to:
    • select appropriate pieces of evidence that demonstrate student learning using the program’s learning outcomes and curriculum map; and,
    • decide whether to collect from a sample of students or all students.
      Participants will leave with a feasible plan that they can discuss with colleagues and implement.
  • Make Undergraduate Program Decisions Based on Evaluation of Individual Student Learning - Faculty regularly evaluate student products (e.g., papers, exams, presentations) and assign grades. Programs can harness these evaluations and put them to work in program-level decision making for the purpose of program improvement. In this workshop, participants will learn
    • how to use individual student results for program-level assessment and decision making; and,
    • low- and high-tech solutions to efficiently collect individual evaluations of student learning.


Assessment Quickies: Student Learning Outcomes Assessment in 10 Easy Steps. These are presented by Dr. Michelle Saint-Germain from California State University in Long Beach. You can view the series on YouTube

Assessing Your Program-Level Assessment Plan by Susan Hatfield. The IDEA Center, Insight.Improvement.Impact. N.p., 2009.Web. In this short article, Susan presents a series of 14 questions to help guide the review of an assessment plan. Recommended reading by others.

Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education  - This website( was developed by Janet Fulks, Professor of Biology at Bakersfield  College. "The underlying philosophy of this website is that assessing learning should be a faculty-driven activity. Learning occurs at many levels and in many venues in higher education, this training specifically targets course and program assessment and to a lesser degree addresses student services assessment"

The Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) is an organization of assessment practitioners committed to documenting and improving student learning in higher education.

Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment Many of the pages on this list have links to other resources and to each other.

National Insitute for Learning Outcomes Assessment NILOA assists institutions and 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.

National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) NCEME provides educational assessment, evaluation and research methodology.

NASPA Student Affairs Assessment Website Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education-Assessment Evaluation and Research link.


A Learning College for the 21st Century. O'Banion (1997a)

Creating More Learning-Centered Community Colleges. O'Banion (1997b)

The Learning College: Both Learner and Learning Centered. O'Banion (1999)

A Paradigm Shift from Instruction to Learning. Schuyler ERIC Document No. ED414961

Assessment crises: The absence of assessment for learning. Stiggins (2002).

The Learning Decade Flynn (2003)

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