Assessment Documents & Resources


Resources for Faculty

Assessment Video Clips - despite their name, these assessment brief YouTube videos are helpful and to the point

The OEA is proud to partner with the University's Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) to offer developmental resources to faculty. Visit the Faculty Development web site for valuable resources and tools.

University of Scranton Learning Outcomes Terminology

ILO: Institutional Learning Outcome: what we want graduates of the The University of Scranton to know, do, and value.

PLO: Program Learning Outcome: what we want students to know, do, or value at the completion of their academic program, general education program, or interaction with an organizational unit. 

SLO: Student Learning Outcome: what we want students to know, do, or value at the completion of the course or other learning experience.

The University's Mission, Vision, and Goals

Assessment Resources from the AAC&U

The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), an organization committed to the continued quality of undergraduate liberal arts education, has produced a variety of resources to help member institutions explore how to assess liberal learning and general education learning outcomes.

What is a Liberal Arts Education?

LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes


High Impact Educational Practices (HIPs)

Assessment Resources from NILOA

NILOA, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, offers a wide variety of resources to faculty and others engaged in student learning outcomes assessment. A particular focus for the organization is facilitating the transparency and usability of assessment data and information.  The organization's Transparency Framework is widely adopted in the higher education community as a model for achieving this important assessment goal.

NILOA Transparency Framework

NILOA Occasional Papers on Assessment

NILOA Reports

Other Suggested Readings & Helpful Links

Middle States Commission on Higher Education Standards for Accreditation and Requirements for Affiliation

Suggested Readings and Websites on Student Learning Assessment 

American Historical Association (n.d.). AHA tuning project: History discipline core. Retrieved from

Banta, T. W., & Palomba, C. A. (2014). Assessment essentials: Planning, implementing, and improving assessment in higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Suskie, L. (2009). Assessing student learning: A common sense guide (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Upcraft, M. L. and Schuh, J.H. (2002). Assessment vs. research: why we should care about the difference.  About Campus.

Walvoord, B. E. (2010). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions, departments, and general education (2 nd ed.). San-Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Weimer, M. (2013). Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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