Assessment Examples and Resources

Many assessment approaches developed for one purpose or program can be readily adapted for use in other contexts.  Below are ideas and practical examples from assessment projects at St. Olaf and from other organizations in higher education.

Practical examples of assessment at St. Olaf

Assessment support at St. Olaf

Assessment resources from professional associations

  • AAC&U “Essential Learning Outcomes” rubrics
    Rubrics developed by national faculty teams led by the Association of American Colleges and Universities for assessing outcomes common to many programs, such as critical thinking, oral communication, quantitative literacy, and effective writing
  • AAC&U assessment website
    Helpful publications and examples of practice in a variety of institutions compiled by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, which seeks to “develop and advance assessment practices that deepen, integrate, and demonstrate student learning”
  • National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
    Reports, occasional papers, and examples of practice from a new organization working to make learning outcomes usable and transparent to professionals and stakeholders in higher education
  • NASPA Student Affairs Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community
    Helpful publications and institutional examples for assessing student learning and development in student affairs programs
  • ACPA Commission for Assessment and Evaluation
    Assessment resources from the American College Personnel Association intended to support student learning, development, and effective student affairs practice.