Faculty and administrators who have primary responsibility for assessment in their institutions may have additional questions and will certainly want to keep learning about assessment. There are many websites that provide valuable additional information. The following may be particularly helpful.
Regional Accrediting Associations
Regional accrediting agencies have developed valuable information on assessment. Schools do not need to be regionally accredited to benefit from these resources. Some information is clearly labelled on the organizations' websites. Other information is included in handbooks related to self-study and accreditation.
Theological Schools that are regionally accredited or belong to universities that are regionally accredited will need to be familiar with the standards of their respective regional accrediting agencies. Most of these also hold periodic workshops on assessment.
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Higher Education.
See especially downloadable resources on assessment at Publications: Guidelines for Institutional Improvement.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Follow the Assessment link from the main page for a number of very helpful resources.
The Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools).
For materials on assessment, see Academy for Assessment of Student Learning.
Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges: Commissions on Colleges and Universities
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS): Commission on Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Other organizations for higher educational professionals provide helpful resources on assessment.
The American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) has long been a leader in assessment with many assessment resources on its website. Sadly, the AAHE discontinued operations early in 2005 and its website has been shut down. Some of these resources are or will be available on other websites. The foundational "Nine Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning" is reproduced on many assessment websites (here from the UNC Charlotte, Faculty Center for Teaching & e-Learning).
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a specialized agency accrediting business schools, has an extensive online Assessment Resource Center. Of particular value are the
The American Library Association has a Web page of links to a number of Internet Resources.
The Association of College and Research Libraries hosts an article, "Assessing Student Learning: Available Resources," by Amy E. Mark, originally published in College & Research Libraries News News, May 2004 (Vol. 65, No. 5). Schools that identify such outcomes for their students (particularly for advanced students) may wish to consult some of the resources cited.
The Association for Institutional Research is devoted to institutional research in higher education. Its resources may be particularly helpful for the more statistically inclined.
University Assessment Sites
Many universities have developed and collected extensive online resources on assessment as part of their faculty development processes. These are valuable resources even for those not affiliated with those particular institutions.
One excellent assessment website is at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. SIUE has made summative senior projects the centerpiece of its assessment program. Almost everything on the site is worth reading, but note particularly the introduction to Primary Trait Assessment.
North Dakota State University has done very thoughtful work on assessment. Links to the most useful information are the center of the page and include:
Alverno College was one of the first schools to become involved in assessment of ability-based learning. The school's website has a section devoted to Learning Outcomes Studies. Alverno also offers periodic workshops on assessment.
Truman State University has also been a leader in assessing student learning. One highlight of its assessment website is the section on portfolios required of all Truman students that form an important part of Truman's assessment program.
Ball State University's Office of Academic Assessment and Institutional Research has an Assessement Workbook (each of the 9 chapters is a PDF file of 6-8 pages). Chapters on using surveys and focus groups may be of particular interest.
North Carolina State University's University Planning & Analysis Office also lists many Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment.
The Office of Institutional Assessment and Student Learning at Western Washington University has assembled a Recommended Readings on Assessment, Teaching, and Learning. Note particularly the list of "What Every Instructor Should Know About Assessment" and the items marked as a "minimum faculty library on teaching and learning" (some deans may want to consider developing such a library as part of a faculty development program).
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has an online bibliography on Assessment and Accreditation in Higher Education.
Central Queensland University lists a great many assessment resources, including a substantial list of links to online articles and online journals.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business's Reading Lists helpfully include a number of articles that are available online.
The searchable ERIC Database (Education Resources Information Center) catalogs many valuable resources on assessment (and other topics), some with full-text access.