Park University is committed to providing "access to academic excellence." Assessment--at the university, degree program, and classroom levels--helps us know more about and improve student learning. This website serves as a central repository for information about assessment at Park University and resources supporting best practices in assessment.
Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves:
Making our expectations explicit
Setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning
Systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards
Using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance.
--Cecilia L. López.
Many of the links here were reprinted from North Carolina State University's exhaustive and well maintained clearinghouse: Internet Resources for Assessment in Higher Education Outcomes Assessment
Glossaries of Assessment Terminology
Classroom Assessment Techniques
Developing Campus or Department Assessment Plans
Glossaries: Assessment Terms
Assessment Glossary, from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Dictionary of Student Outcome Assessment. Searchable. From James Madison University.
Sites designed for K-12 education, but useful as models and adaptable for higher education performance assessments.
Rubric generators create rubrics for various topics.
Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATS)
Course-based Review and Assessment (University of Massachusetts Amherst, *.pdf document).
Internet Resources for Classroom Assessment Techniques, from Sinclair Community College.
Online version of the Teaching Goals Inventory, from the University of Iowa's Center for Teaching.
See Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers (Angelo & Cross, 1988, 1993) for details on the TGI. The online version was created with the authors' permission.
Developing Campus or Departmental Assessment Plans
Assessment: An Institution-Wide Process to Improve and Support Student Learning (College of DuPage, *.pdf file)
A Field-Tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG) for Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology Faculty.
Practitioner's Manual (Texas A&M International University, *.pdf file)
Six Steps to Continuous Improvement of Student Learning (Kent State University).
Suggestions for getting started, from Student Outcomes Assessment: Opportunities and Strategies (Norene C. & Peter A. Facione). Posted by Insight Assessment (previously California Academic Press), which publishes instruments for and offers consulting on critical thinking assessment.
Questions concerning the Park University CETL Quick Tips website should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.