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



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Campus-wide Staff Development

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Departmental Development


Section 8 of this coursework will describe more detail concerning strategies for implementation of assessment on campus.


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Resources and Links

Banta, Lund, Black & Oblander (1996). Assessment in Practice: Putting Principles to Work on College Campuses

Nichols (1995). Assessment case studies: Common Issues in Implementation with Various Campus Approaches to Resolution

Nichols & Nichols (1995) The Departmental Guide and Record Book for Student Learning Outcomes  Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

Nichols, J.O. (1995b). A Practitioner's Handbook for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Outcomes Assessment Implementation.

Wright, B. D. (1999).  Evaluating Learning in Individual Courses 



Workbook with Introductory Material-
Section 1


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