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College & University Departments/Programs & Units

Assessment happens at multiple levels within institutions of higher education. This page provides resources and examples of assessment activities within a variety of programs.

Architecture
Art

Arts & Humanities
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Communications
Dentistry
Economics
Education
Engineering
English
Food Science
Foreign Language
History
Journalism
Law
Library
Mathematics
Museum Studies
Nursing
Pharmacy
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religious Studies
Sociology
Student Affairs
Theatre
Women's Studies


General Resources for all disciplines

AIR: Association for Institutional Reseach
Assessment in the Disciplines

AIR: Association for Institutional Research
Assessment by the disciplines

Carey, S.J. (Ed.). (Winter 2010). Engaging departments: Assessing student learning. Peer Review, 12(1).

Ed.gov: Specialized Accrediting Agencies

Ford, T. (2011). Disciplinary Resource at The College of Wooster

A compiled list of articles, publications, institutional examples/links, and higher education organizations that is organized by disciplines.


Architecture

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
NAAB Conditions and Procedures for Accreditation


Art

National Association of Schools and Art Design (NASAD)
Assessment Standards


Arts & Humanities

National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
Assessment Standards

National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Assessment Standards


Biology

Society of Biology
Degree Accreditation

Presentation: Why National Standards and Accreditation are Needed for Baccalaureate Degree Programs in Biology
Produced by: Chris D'Elia, University of South Florida St. Petersburg & John Moore, Taylor University and President, The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)


Business

AACSB: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Assessment Resource Center
Accreditation Standards

ACBSP: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
Accreditation and Outcomes Assessment


Chemistry

ACS: American Chemical Society
Division of Chemistry Education, Examinations Institute

ACS: American Chemical Society
ACS Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor's Degree Programs


Communications

NCA: National Communication Association
Communication Assessment: Criteria, Competencies, Guidelines, Methods


Dentistry

American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Accreditation Standards


Economics

American Economic Association
Economics for College Students: Skills needed

Myers, S.C., Nelson, M.A., & Stratton, R.W. (2008, January). Assessing a proficiency based economic program: Weathering the perfect storm while thriving in a new environment. Paper presented at the AEA session on Reach on Undergraduate Economics Courses and Majors, New Orleans, LA. Retrieved from http://www.aeaweb.org/annual_mtg_papers/2008/2008_619.pdf


Education

CAEP: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Everhart, B., & Gerlach, J. (2011).  The perception of unit heads toward the role of online assessment products in standards-based alignment within teacher education units. Education, 132, 97-109.

Everhart, B., & Hogarty, K. (2009).  Supporting the preparation of beginning teachers with online assessment products.  Education, 129, 400-412.

*NCATE: The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

*TEAC: The Teacher Education Accreditation Council

*NCATE and TEAC are merging into a new association, the CAEP. Be sure to check out the website (link above) for updates.


Engineering

ABET: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
Assessment for Quality Assurance (PowerPoint)
Assessment rubrics
Assessment methods: Portfolios

ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers
Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century (2008)

EERC: Engineering Education Research Center

IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
The IEEE Role in Accreditation


English

ADE: Association of Departments of English
Report and Resources of the ADE Ad Hoc Committee on Assessment

NCTE: National Council of Teachers of English
E Portfolio
use in English Departments
Writing Assessment: A Position Statement
NCTE-WPA White Paper on Writing Assessment in Colleges and Universities

CCCC: Conference on College Composition and Communication
Position Statements: Digital Learning Assessment (E Portfolios, Principles)


Food Science

Institute of Food Technologists: 2011 Resource Guide for Approval and Re-approval of Undergraduate Food Science Programs


Foreign Language

ACTFL: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
National Standards for Foreign Language Education
Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Executive Summary
Integrated Performance Assessment
(IPA) Project

ACTFL: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
ACTFL/NCATE Program Standards


History

AHA: American Historical Association
Criteria for Standards in History / Social Studies / Social Sciences


Journalism

ACEJMC: Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Online Information Center on Accreditation


Law

American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Accreditation Standards


Library

ACRL: Association of College and Research Libraries

Nitecki, D.A. & Bach, C.N. (2011, March). Assessment and accreditation: Libraries enter stage left. Paper presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Oakleaf, M. (2010). The value of academic libraries: A comprehensive research review and report. Association of College & Research Libraries. Chicago, IL: American Library Association. The report's objective is to provide "academic librarians with a clearer understanding of what research about the performance of academic libraries already exists, where gaps in this research occur, and to identify the most promising best practices and measures correlated to performance."

Task force on academic library outcomes assessment report.


Mathematics

MAA: The Mathematical Association of America
Supporting Assessment in Undergraduate Mathematics (SAUM)


Museum Studies

AAM: American Association of Museums
AAM Accreditation and Standards


Nursing

AACN: American Association of College of Nursing
The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (October 2008)
Faculty Toolkit (Feb 2009)

NONPF: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Core competencies for Nurse Practitioners: 2006 and 2002
Criteria for Evaluation of NP Programs (assessment of program)


Pharmacy

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Accreditation Standards


Philosophy

APA: The American Philosophical Association
Statements on the Profession, Outcomes Assessment


Physics

APS: American Physical Society
Assessment resources: Surveys, studies, innovative programs, frameworks, and handbooks

PhET: PhET Project at University of Colorado
Assessment Resource: Free, online, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena


Political Science

APSA: The American Political Science Association
Assessment in Political Science: Sample reports and articles


Psychology

APA: American Psychological Association
Assessment CyberGuide for learning goals and outcomes (revised Nov 2009)


Religious Studies

AAR: American Academy of Religion
The Religion Major and Liberal Education - A White Paper

Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation
Accreditation Standards

Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, Accreditation Commission

Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Assessment Resources


Sociology

ASA: American Sociological Association
Creating an Effective Assessment Plan for the Sociology Major


Student Affairs

AISO: Assessing and Improving Student Organizations framework
Additional resources from Stylus Publishing

CAS: Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education

ACPA: College Student Educators International
Commission for Assessment and Evaluation

Additional readings:

Bresciani, M.J., Zelna, C.L., and Anderson, J.A. (2004). Techniques for Assessing Student Learning and Development in Academic and Student Support Services. Washington, DC: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Schuh, J. H., Upcraft, M.L., and Associates (2001). Assessment Practice in Student Affairs: An Applications Manual. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


Theatre

ATHE: Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Outcomes Assessment Guidelines for Theatre Programs


Women's Studies

NWSA: National Women's Studies Association
Levin, A. K. (2007). Questions for a new century: Women's Studies & Integrative Learning

Women's Studies Program Review
Transylvania University, Feb 2006


 

 



"Measuring educational outcomes is of crucial importance and we know too little about how it's done. NILOA is lifting the veil on learning outcomes measurement and will help us better document and improve student learning."


David Shulenburger
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities