Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education

Section 1
Intro Part 2
Course Topics
Training SLOs
Training Tools
Training Strategies

Section 2
Background and Rationale for Assessment

Section 3
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Section 4
Assessment Tools and Data

Section 5
Course Assessment

Section 6
Program Assessment


Section 7
Closing the Loop

Section 8
Implementing Assessment Training on Campus


Section 9
References & Resources



Using Materials from this Website

Course Sections and Topics

Section 1 - Website Purpose and Introduction

Website Home
Purpose of the Website
Knowing What Students Can DO
Navigation of the Website
Course topics
SLOs for this Course
Assessment Tools for this Course
Strategies for Using this Material

Section 2 - Background and Rationale for Assessment

Background Survey
What is Assessment?
Why Assessment?
Educational Improvement
Bloom's Taxonomy
Diagnostic Formative Feedback
The Learning Paradigm
Prompting Learning

Section 3 - Student Learning Outcomes

SLOs (SLO Benefits; Active Learning)
Defining SLOs
Defining Terms
SLOs & Objectives
Sample SLOs
SLOs and Learning Domains

Section 4 - Assessment Tools and Data

Assessment Tools and Data
Quality Data
Assessment Terms
Standardized and Local Assessments
Grades and Assessment
Primary Trait Analysis
Choosing the Right Assessment Tools
Differentiating Tools
Creating an Assessment Tool

Section 5 - Course Assessment

Course Assessment
What do you assess?
Assessing Curriculum
Course SLO Matrix
Assessing Pedagogy
Assessing Prior Knowledge & Misconceptions
Assessing Student Metacognition
Assessing Learning Outcomes
Curriculum Review and Assessment
Sample Course Assessment Reports

Section 6 - Program Assessment

Program Assessment
Setting the Stage
Defining Programs
Program SLOs
General Education Programs
Program Assessment Tools
Homegrown Program Assessment Tools
Program/Course Matrix
Program Review and Program Assessment
Sample Program Assessment Reports

Section 7 - Closing the Loop

Closing the Loop
Recording the Data
Using the Data
Budgeting, Planning, and Improving
Faculty and Administration Issues
Principles of  Good Assessment

Section 8 - Implementing Assessment Training on Campus

Strategies for Implementation
Steering Committee and Means of Training
Committee Structure and Budget
Assessment Audit
Campus-wide Logistics
Training Leaders
Selecting Materials and Methods
Campus-Wide Training
Closing the Loop
Sustaining Assessment
Final Evaluation


Final Survey to Evaluate Training

  Proceed to SLOs for this training

Janet Fulks ( & Kate Pluta (
Assessing Student Learning in Community Colleges (2004), Bakersfield College