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Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning Assessment Best Practices

Assessment Best Practices

WSU follows established principles and good practices in assessment. Programs that engage in effective assessment:

  • Regularly complete the assessment cycle by using assessment results to inform and influence program decisions.
  • Weave assessment throughout their programs so that it complements and enhances the work faculty are already doing.
  • Support faculty work toward teaching improvement and teaching innovation.
  • Sustain assessment capacity over time – maintain a system that accounts for changes in the program and faculty, including turnover in leadership; builds and uses resources effectively.
  • Regularly provide opportunities for faculty to build assessment skills, knowledge, and organizational capacity.

Resources

Baker, G. R., Jankowski, N., Provezis, S., & Kinzie, J. (2012). Using assessment results: Promising practices of institutions that do it well. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Barkley, E. & Major, C. H. (2016). Learning assessment techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Blaich, C.F. & Wise, K.S. (2011). From gathering to using assessment results: Lessons from the Wabash National Study (Occasional Paper #8). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Hutchings, P. (2016). Aligning educational outcomes and practices (Occasional Paper #26). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Hutchings, P., Jankowski, N. A., & Ewell, P. T. (2014). Catalyzing assignment design activity on your campus: Lessons from NILOA’s assignment library initiative. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Hutchings, P. (2010). Opening doors to faculty involvement in assessment (Occasional Paper #4). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Suskie, L. (2009). Assessing student learning: A common sense guide. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Walvoord, B.E. (2010). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions, departments and general education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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