Faculty Assessment Toolkit

Faculty Assessment Toolkit

The Faculty Toolkit provides resources to assist faculty with strategies for assessing student learning at the course, program/discipline, and throughout the general education curriculum.

Basic Student Learning Assessment Cycle

  1. Develop learning outcomes using active verbs. Outcomes should be measurable, observable, or demonstrable. What do you want students to know or be able to do by the end of the course, program, degree?assessment cycle, identify goals, identify objectives, specify approaches, specify measures, share results, make changes
  2. Design assessments, gather evidence: This could be through formative course activities, summative assignments, capstones, or other means for determining students’ progress toward meeting outcomes. Use multiple measures, direct and indirect.
  3. Take action, make changes (close the loop): This is where you review the evidence of student learning, discuss in your division or with colleagues, decide on improvement areas, determine resources needed, and make changes.
  4. Share your results: An important part of assessment is documenting the results and sharing what you learned and your plans for making improvements. 


National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment provides links to assessment work on college and university campuses, including plans, activities, assessment websites, resources and more.