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Institutional/Accreditation assessment

This page provides links to institutional and acccreditation agency websites that offer assistance in planning and designing assessment of student learning outcomes.


Central Michigan University (CMU) Toolkit
Many colleges and universities offer assessment “toolkits” to assist their academic programs and departments in assessment. One example of this is the Office for the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Central Michigan University which has created a list of assessment resources on various aspects of the process, such as defining student learning outcomes, creating rubrics, designing survey instruments, and other helpful resources to start developing and carrying out an assessment plan.

Florida A & M University
This link directs you to Florida A & M’s assessment instruments and inventory page. This page has links to the University’s assessment work at the institutional and program levels.

Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment
Ephraim Schechter first posted the "Internet Resources for Higher Educaton Outcomes Assessment" in 1995 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Later, the website lived at the University of North Carolina system office and at North Carolina State University. NC State kindly continues to host it today. The website is continuously updated and currently has about 850 links, including over 300 college and university assessment websites.

Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)
The Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) was developed by the National Association of State Universities & Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) to present college information, such as enrollment, graduation rates and cost of attendance, in a similar format for easy access and readability for prospective students and their parents.



New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) is part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and is the accrediting body for the University of New Hampshire. The NEASC website provides information about the requirements of accreditation, as well as what is expected to meet the assessment of student learning standards (located in “The Academic Program” section).
Standards for Accreditation (CIHE, 2006)

Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET), Inc.
The national accreditation agency for engineering programs is ABET, Inc. This website contains a full description of the accreditation requirements of ABET, Inc., including the requirements for reporting and meeting student learning outcomes assessment documentation. Since updating its requirements for assessing student learning outcomes in 2000, ABET commissioned a study in 2006 to determine the impact, if any, of documenting student learning outcomes in engineering programs. A report of the findings from this study is available below.
2006 Engineering Change: A Study of the Impact of EC2000

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The international accreditation agency for business schools is AACSB. The website contains information about the accreditation requirements for business schools, including the “Assurance of Learning Outcomes” section which outlines the requirements for meeting assessment of student learning outcomes.
AACSB Standards (revised January 2007)
White Paper on Assurance of Learning Outcomes (November 11, 2007)