Assessment Tools

The Office of Institutional Research makes a variety of assessment tools available to faculty and staff.

Currently, here are the tools that are available to faculty and staff along with a description of how they can be used.

The tools here are linked as form-fillable .pdf's, but if the details of your program assessment require more space, try saving them as word documents.

  • Foundations of Assessment and Planning Guide
    • If you are new to assessment or just want to see a big picture of how the assessment process should work, this guide provides a starting point.
  • Student Learning Outcome Writing Guide
    • Assists with developing measurable student learning outcomes for the program.
    • Emphasizes alignment between outcomes and program objectives.
  • Program Assessment Plan
    • Identifies and aligns program mission/objectives with college objectives.
    • Identifies and links program-level student learning outcomes to program objectives.
    • Establishes assessment responsibilities among faculty or staff.
    • Describes assessment methods that are used within the program.
  • Program Curriculum Map
    • Outlines where each outcome is introduced, practiced, and mastered within the program.
    • Outlines where outcome assessment will take place within the program curriculum.
    • Reveals any gaps or misalignments within the degree program.
    • Reveals connections across required courses or experiences which can be used to help remind students what has previously been achieved.
  • Outcome Assessment Calendar
    • Designed for internal program use to ensure regular assessment of each outcome.
    • Establishes a plan for when and how often outcomes will be assessed within a cycle.
    • Establishes an assessment timeline that fits the program and the outcome.
  • Outcome Assessment Report
    • Describes the entire cycle of assessment for an outcome.
    • Reports the methods for measuring a specific outcome.
    • Reports the results of data collection.
    • Identifies and describes the improvements to be made as a result of the data collected.
  • Creating A Rubric
    • Offers tips and step-by-step process for creating a rubric.
  • Direct and Indirect Assessment
    • Outlines several examples of both direct and indirect evidence of student learning that can be used for assessment practices.
    • Several examples can be used at either the program or individual course level.

These tools were developed by drawing upon similar tools at Seattle University, Western Washington University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Hawai'i, and elsewhere.

This page will be updated with more resources as more tools are developed.