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Assessment Resources

McPherson College uses a variety of assessment resources to inform our assessment practices including:

Helpful Assessment Resources

Assessment Commons
For everything assessment- “An open learning space that curates content for faculty and assessment professionals through housed resources and tools for student learning outcomes, teaching and learning, program review and accreditation”.

Linda Suskie’s blog  Essential Assessment Books
A post on December 17, 2015 from Linda Suskie’s blog with eight books recommended for every assessment practitioner’s bookshelf.

Helpful Assessment Resources by Linda Suskie
A post on January 2, 2016 from Linda Suskie’s blog with advice on resources to get up to speed on assessment.

Course Design and Assessment

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning-University of Florida
Includes mapping assessments, course and program assessment, rubrics, best practices, and selecting assessment tools.

Direct & Indirect Assessment

Examples of Direct Evidence -University of Rhode Island
Examples of Indirect Evidence-University of Rhode Island
Direct and Indirect Measures of Student Learning-Kansas State University
Choose a Method to Collect Data and Evidence-University of Manoa at Hawaii

IDEA Course Evaluation FAQ's

IDEA Faculty Basics

Learning Objectives
Custom Questions
Faculty Experience Page
The Student Experience
Instant Feedback
Getting & Interpreting Your Results
Using Your Results


Rubric Bank-University of Hawaii-Manoa
Civic knowledge and engagement, ethical deliberation, integrative learning, reflection/metacognition, quantitative literacy, and media and design elements.

Rubrics for Assessment-University of Wisconsin Stout: Polytechnic University
A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, cooperative learning, research process/ report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects.

Pedagogical Practices on Assessment-University of Central Florida
Rubrics for: literature review, assignment/reflection, music, interview paper, essay, persuasive essay, library research assignment, full course, digital video, and project proposal and results.

VALUE Rubrics-Association of American Colleges & Universities
16 faculty-developed rubrics: creative thinking, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning, global learning, integrative learning, teamwork, information literacy, and inquiry and analysis.

Student Learning Outcomes

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
NILOA is a comprehensive resource for assessment best practices to make student learning outcomes usable and transparent.

Survey Design

Write High Quality Survey Items-North Dakota State University

Unit Assessment

Division of Student Affairs Assessment Reports–North Dakota State University
Includes: dining, student involvement, career center, counseling and disability centers, student success programs, residence life, bookstore, multicultural programs, study abroad, international student services, etc.

Direct Measures of Student Learning Outside the Classroom-Association for Institutional Research (AIR)

Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education
Standards for higher education programs and services

Glossary of Assessment Terms

Glossary of assessment terms-University of Rhode Island