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Helpful Resources


Assessing student learning and institutional effectiveness (PDF), describes Middle States expectations for effective assessment. We suggest you focus on Standard V.

The Best Practices in Assessment (PDF) document gives you 10 recommendations on how to implement an assessment plan in your academic program.

The Setting Learning Outcomes (PDF or video) presentation gives you the basics on how to set learning outcomes for your program. 

The Setting Learning Outcomes + Review of Current Learning Outcomes (PDF) document is a useful tool for setting or reaffirming/revising your learning outcomes collaboratively among faculty.

The Curriculum Mapping (PDF)presentation explains why and how programs should map their learning outcomes to individual courses.

The Assessment Snapshot Report Template (PDF) shows the indicators used to summarize your unit's progress in implementing learning outcomes assessment and the Understanding Your Assessment Snapshot (PDF) document helps you interpret these indicators.

This List of resources (PDF) details physical and electronic texts available at the American University library and through the Washington Consortium.

The Celebrating Assessment 2020 (PDF) presentation highlights the best practices and progress that academic units have made in learning outcomes assessment at AU in the last academic year.


Review this Report example (PDF) to grasp the elements an assessment report should include.

Use the Assessment Rubric (PDF) to gauge your progress on developing and implementing an effective assessment plan.

Use this Assessment Report Template (PDF) to organize your assessment results.

The report instructions outlined on the TracDat Guidelines (PDF) explain using the template to display your assessment plan.

The Anual Report Tip Sheet (PDF) provides instructions to enter the latest progress of your assessment plan inTracDat.