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Research Summaries and Articles

To aid programs, administrators and faculty in further understanding the Assessment process, and to help serve as an educational gateway to current research in programmatic and general education assessment, the Office of Institutional Research has developed this Research Summary and Articles page. Here you will find summaries of recent assessment publications, online articles, and other related works. The summaries are intended to be brief, and the content will be updated on a continuing basis.

Assessment Update, May/June 2011

Various articles are summarized. Two interesting articles: a survey of assessment professionals that measures their perception of quality assessment methodologies (by Eubanks and Royal), and how a resistant Philosophy Department began to implement assessment. This publication can be found at

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Assessment Update, January/February 2012

Various articles are summarized. Interesting articles include: a meta-analysis of rubrics used for scoring programmatic assessment; two acronyms used to make both program assessment and institutional effectiveness assessment clear; and a quick look at using human coders to analyze qualitative data. This publication can be found at

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“Assessment as an Act of Care”

The author argues that assessment of student learning is a faculty responsibility if they truly care about their students’ learning. She suggests that faculty may want to re-asses how they view assessment. Originally published 2/25/11 at

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“Evidence of Learning Online: Assessment Beyond the Paper”

The author provides some basic paperless assessment tools to integrate into programmatic and/or general education assessment. Great start for programs thinking about starting an e-portfolio assessment system. Originally published 2/23/11 at

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“Why Do I Like Assessment? Let Me Count the Ways”

The author acknowledges faculty apprehension when it comes to assessment and then discusses the benefits of assessment and what defines ‘quality assessment’. Originally published 2/23/11 at

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Assessment Update, November/December 2011

Various articles are summarized. The main topic of note is on five strategies that positively engage faculty in assessment, by Jeremy D. Penn. This publication can be found at

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Assessment Updates

2013-14 Academic Program Assessment Reports are due May 11, 2015. Coordinators, please check your email for step-by-step instructions on report submission.

The new WEAVE assessment and strategic planning software will be fully implemented September 1, 2015, for all academic programs. Over the next few weeks, programs will be given access and instructions to their WEAVE site, with access to their program learning goals, student learning outcomes (SLOs), measures, tools, and data results from 2010-11 through 2013-14. Data from 2014-15 will be added this summer.

In Fall 2015, the typical academic program cycle will resume, and coordinators will be given updates as to the status of their assessment cycle and detailed instructions on submitting their 2014-15 assessment report.

One primary goal of the OIE assessment team is to work with faculty of all programs, especially those with annual or biennial assessment cycles, to improve programmatic assessment and facilitate each program to achieve triennial cycle status. As of Fall 2013:

  • 11 programs (33%) are on the triennial cycle (19 to 25 pts)
  • 3 programs (9%) are on the biennial cycle (16 to 18 pts)
  • 19 programs (58%) are on the annual cycle (less than 16 pts)

Are you a new coordinator? Or are you planning on stepping down as coordinator within the next year? The Assessment Coordinator Guidelines provides information for assessment program coordinators. It is a good tool to pass along.