The key to successful assessments is to keep everything simple. One director of assessment shares practical advice on how to do this while still producing valuable assessment data.
Assessment is a mission-critical process that calls for alignment of resources and activities toward intended outcomes as defined in the Standards of Accreditation. It should be integrated into the work of the entire institution, from senior administrators to faculty to student information professionals. But increasingly, administrative positions are being created that specifically focus on assessment. Through workshops, a listserv (requires email address from a member schoool), and other resources, ATS supports those coordinating the assessment of student learning on an ongoing basis and in preparation for comprehensive evaluations by the Commission on Accrediting.