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About Academic Assessment

View a brief video (below) about each step in the NDSU Assessment Cycle.

Image titled NDSU Assessment Cycle. A red ribbon in a helix shape. Steps 1 through 5 reads from the bottom to the top alternating right to left. 1 Ask a question about student learning 2 Gather evidence to answer question 3 Analyze results - answer the question 4 use and share results 5 Reflect, celebrate, ask new question

The NDSU Assessment Cycle

1. Ask a question about student learning
  • NDSU's Assessment Helix

  • Extremely brief history of assessment in higher education.
    How did we get here?

  • SLO it down
    Getting started with student learning outcomes (SLO)

  • Get a map!
    An introduction to curriculum mapping

2. Gather evidence to answer question.
  • Gathering evidence of student learning

3. Analyze results - answer the question
  • Resources for analyzing results

4.Use and share results
  • Sharing and using assessment results

5.Reflect, celebrate, ask new questions.
  • Celebrating assessment, relecting on the process, and moving ahead.

Resources from the Higher Learning Commission

Statement on Assessment of Student Learning
Distance Education Guidelines
Statement on General Education
International Education Programs
Statement on Student Learning, Assessment, and Accreditation

Internet Assessment Resources

Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment maintains a huge site on assessment that is a valuable resource. Once you learn how to use this site, it may become a favorite for accessing information on a variety of topics.    

Classroom Assessment Techniques

An important step in assessment may be identifying our learning objectives for our students as a step toward identifying the classroom assessment techniques (CATs) that we might use. An on-line teaching goals instrument (teaching goals inventory) is available from the University of Iowa. 

After you have identified your teaching goals, you might consult Iowa State University’s link for quick descriptions of several classroom assessment techniques (CATs).

Assessment Resources from Professional Organizations

Many professional organizations provide strong support for assessment of student learning. The members of the University Assessment Committee have recommended the following link from the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for the direct comments about assessment.

Mathematics is another discipline for which good information is available.  See the Mathematical Association of America's main site or its collection of resources webpage.


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