Resources For Assessment

Assessment Plan Template and Rubric

The assessment plan template serves as a guide for any department developing a new or revising a current program.  A completed form must accompany all proposals for new programs submitted to Academic Affairs. If proposed changes to an existing program will result in the need to revise the assessment plan, the revision should be reflected in the table and submitted to Academic Affairs with the proposal.  To access the assessment plan template, click here.  After the program has received all approvals, the assessment plan must be entered into TaskStream.  For assistance with completing the template, contact the Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator.   

As part of its mission to assist programs in enhancing the quality of their assessment of student learning outcomes, the University Assessment Council has developed an Evaluative Rubric for Degree Program Assessment Plans.  Programs are encouraged to utilize this rubric in discussions concerning assessment plan development and implementation.


Internet Resources

There is a wealth of information available on the web concerning higher education assessment including journals, other higher education institutions, and various higher education assessment organizations.

- Higher Learning Commission: Statement on Student Learning, Assessment, and Accreditation

- Nine Principles Of Good Practice For Assessing Student Learning (PDF): AAHE

- Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment  This extensive resource provides links to general resources, assessment of specific skills or content, and individual institutions' assessment-related pages.

Assessment Journals (Most are available through Cunningham Memorial Library or are available free online.):

- Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
- Assessment Update
- The Journal of Higher Education
- New Directions for Higher Education
- New Directions for Institutional Research
- Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation
- Research in Higher Education

Institutional Websites - Assessment, Planning, Institutional Research:

- University of Hawai'i - Manoa
- Brigham Young University 
- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- James Madison University 
- Kansas State University
- Ohio University
- Pennsylvania State University 
- St. Olaf College
- University of Central Florida
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln


- Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE)
- Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) VALUE Rubrics

For a discussion on using rubrics in program assessment, see the article by Patricia DeWitt, What is Satisfactory Performance? Measuring Students and Measuring Programs with Rubrics.

Higher Education Assessment Organizations:

- National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
- Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE)
- Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)
- Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) - Assessment
- Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
- American Physical Therapy Association - Outcomes Assessment


Non-Academic Assessment @ ISU:

- Conceptual Framework for Assessment at ISU (PDF)
- Non-Academic Assessment Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Non-Academic Assessment Plans and Reports (PDF)

General Higher Education Organizations:

- American Council on Education (ACE)
- Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
- Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
- Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)
- Indiana Commission for Higher Education
- NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
- National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

To suggest additional sites or report broken links, please contact Mary Herrington-Perry, Ph.D., Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator