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Assessment Resources

Assessment Resources

Assessment resources encompass information or training provided to faculty and staff to help them understand, develop, implement, communicate, and use evidence of student learning.

  • NILOA Learning Outcomes Assessment Resource Library - A variety of information including articles, presentations, reports, books, and helpful websites are located within this searchable library database.
  • Assessment Commons - 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.
  • American Library Association - A source of electronic resources, print articles, and books related to outcomes assessment.
  • Principles for Effective Assessment of Student Achievement - This statement is intended to emphasize the need to assess effectively student achievement, and the importance of conducting such assessments in a way that are congruent with the institution's mission.
  • SDSU Curriculum Map Resource -Curriculum mapping is a method to align instruction with desired goals and program outcomes. It can also be used to explore what is taught and how.
  • Assessment Methods


Suggested Books (available from Briggs Library):

  • Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Banta, T. W. (Ed.). (2002). Building a scholarship of assessment. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Banta, T. W., & Palomba, C. A. (2014). Assessment essentials: Planning, implementing, and improving assessment in higher education. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Barkley, E. F., & Major, C. H. (2015). Learning assessment techniques: A handbook for college faculty. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Berg, M. V., Paige, R. M., & Lou, K. H. (2012). Student learning abroad: What our students are learning, what they’re not, and what we can do about it. Stylus Publishing, LLC.
  • Bresciani, M. J. (2007). Assessing student learning in general education: Good practice case studies (Vol. 105). Jossey-Bass.
  • Culp, M. M., & Dungy, G. J. (Eds.). (2012). Building a culture of evidence in student affairs: A guide for leaders and practitioners. NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
  • Gagliardi, J., Parnell, A., & Carpenter-Hubin, J. (2018). The analytics revolution in higher education: Big data, organizational learning, and student success. Stylus.
  • Keeling, R.P. (Ed.) (2006). Learning reconsidered 2: A practical guide to implementing a campus-wide focus on the student experience (1st ed.). Washington, DC: NASPA.
  • Kezar, A., & Lester, J. (2011). Enhancing campus capacity for leadership: An examination of grassroots leaders in higher education. Stanford University Press.
  • Leonard, M. P. (2008). Assessing for learning: building a sustainable commitment across the institution. Virginia: Stylus Publishing.
  • Lovitts, B. E. (2007). Making the implicit explicit: Creating performance expectations for the dissertation. Stylus Publishing, LLC..
  • Patton, M. Q. (2008). Utilization-focused evaluation. Sage Publications.
  • Schuh, J. H. (2011). Assessment methods for student affairs. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Spurlin, J. E., Rajala, S. A., & Lavelle, J. P. (2008). Designing better engineering education through assessment: a practical resource for faculty and department chairs on using assessment and ABET criteria to improve student learning. Stylus Publishing, LLC.
  • Upcraft, M. L., & Schuh, J. H. (1996). Assessment in student affairs: A guide for practitioners. Jossey-Bass Inc.
  • Walvoord, B. E. (2010). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions, departments, and general education. John Wiley & Sons.