Middle States Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources
Colleges and universities have long defined and assessed student learning using course-embedded assessments of student learning, such as tests, papers, projects, as well as standardized or "custom" qualitative and quantitative measures. All of these are valid and valuable assessment tools if used properly.
In order to reach out more effectively to students and to the public, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education revised its accreditation standards, Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation, to refine the requirements and recommendations for establishing learning goals and assessing student achievement.
The members also concluded that the process of defining and assessing student learning would assist faculty in their teaching, students in selecting institutions and in managing their own learning, and institutions in planning and supporting students.
This handbook serves as a resource for institutions seeking a bridge between the Commission's standards for accreditation and the practical daily challenges of assessment and continuous improvement.
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Chapter 1 Motivating and Involving Campus Communities
Chapter 2 Learning Goals
Chapter 3 Evaluating Student Learning
Chapter 4 The Student Learning Assessment Plan in the Context of Institutional Planning
Chapter 5 Using Results to Improve Teaching and Learning
Appendix 1 Assessment Standards in Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education
Appendix 2 Assessment practices Quiz
Appendix 3 Key to "Assessment Practices Quiz"
Appendix 4 Department/Program Student Outcomes Survey
Appendix 5 Learning Goals and Assessment Techniques
Appendix 6 From Effect to Cause: A Brainstorming Exercise
Appendix 7 Student Learning Styles; Frequently Asked Questions
Student Learning Assessment - In its entirety