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Examples of Good Assessment Practice

To develop a better understanding of what “good work” looks like related to assessment, data-informed improvement, and transparency at the institutional level, we are compiling some short, instructive case studies, or Examples of Good Assessment Practice. The institutions selected were identified using information from the national survey of student learning outcomes assessment, self-nominations by institutions, and suggestions from the NILOA advisory panel. The Examples feature colleges and universities that appear to be using assessment data to effect changes in teaching and learning or reporting their activities and findings in an accessible manner. We welcome additional recommendations for where to look to find exemplary assessment work from which others can benefit. To view each institutions' report, click on the institution name below.


Washington State University
WSU provides a window into what it takes to support, scaffold, and build capacity for meaningful student learning outcomes assessment in a large, complex institutional setting.


Alverno College
Alverno’s approach to assessment is thoughtful, intentional, and distinctive, and the college has been recognized as a pioneer in assessing student learning.


Augustana College
Augustana has been active in the area of assessing student learning and has become a leader in gaining faculty involvement.


Capella University
Capella University's systematic, embedded student learning outcomes assessment process has helped to enhance learner success levels.

Carnegie Mellon University
Its commitment to interdisciplinarity and innovative teaching and learning practices are at the core of assessment at Carnegie Mellon University.



Colorado State University
Colorado State University has expanded its continuous improvement system for managing information sharing to serve the decision-making and reporting needs of various audiences.

Juniata College
Assessment at Juniata College has been underway since the 1980s. Currently, the Center for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning has significantly engaged faculty.

LaGuardia Community College
Using general education and the ePortfolio as the foundation for its assessment practices, LaGuardia has integrated assessment into the core of the institution.


North Carolina A&T State

North Carolina A&T State University
A&T is intentional in its use of including administrators, faculty and students in developing a "culture of inquiry" assessment process.


St. Olaf College
St. Olaf College utilizes a combination of faculty governance and administrative support to foster meaningful, manageable, and mission-driven inquiry in support of student learning.


Texas A&M International University

Since the 1990's, TAMIU has actively worked to integrate its assessment process into its campus' culture.


Assessment in Practice

Assessing Learning Communities Based on Program Outcomes and the Eight Characteristics of High-Impact Practices
Stefanie T. Baier
February 2019

Hands on with Digital Communication!
Jaime Riccio, Poppy Slocum & Patricia Sokolski
December 2018

Escape! How to Build Faculty Assessment Teams Through the Use of Escape Rooms
Denise Kruizenga-Muro & Jude Whitton
September 2018

Assessment with Benefits: Faculty Engagement and Community Building through General Education Assessment
Su Swarat & Alison M. Wrynn
July 2018

Triennial Assessment as an Alternative to Annual Assessment
Jason Lyons & Gina Polychronopoulos
June 2018

Ethical Reasoning: Assessing a Critical Thinking Skill
Keston H. Fulcher, Allison J. Ames, and William J. Hawk
May 2018

The Peer Review Portal: Using an Online College of Peers Network and Collaborator Role for Reporting Professional Accreditation, Course Accreditation and Assessment Activity
Dr. Sara Booth
April 2018

Implementing a Student Assessment Scholars Program: Students Engaging in Continuous Improvement
Nicholas P. Truncale, Elizabeth D. Chalk, Caitlin Pellegrino & Jesse Kemmerling
March 2018

Using Backward Design and the Assignment Design Charrette Model for Quality Enhancement
Linda Townsend & Pamela Tracy
February 2018

Achieving Excellence in Data Visualization
Dr. Martha J. Larkin & Dr. George R. Larkin
December 2017

Library PECConomics
Charles L. Brown
November 2017

How an outcomes-based curriculum enables authentic assessment
Jacob Amidon & Debora Ortloff
September 2017

Assessing general education: Identifying outcomes, data analysis, and improvements
Molly Beauchman & Suzanne Waldenberger
September 2017

General education at Delta College: Guided conversations toward relevant assessment
Mike Faleski & Barb Handley-Miller
September 2017

Relationship between general education course sequence and student success
Resche Hines & Angela Henderson
September 2017

From the first day of the first class, to the last day of the last class: Ensuring a pathway of critical core skill attainment for community college students
Terina Lathe, Shantell Strickland-Davis, & Debbie Bouton
September 2017

When the Call Comes, Keep Calm and Assess On: Using the EIA Designation Rubric as a Self-study for Improvement
Christine Robinson, Elise Demeter, John G. Frederick, & Cathy Sanders
August 2017

Developing Systematic Assessment Practices for Administrative, Educational, and Student Support (AES) Units
Christopher Shults, Marjorie Dorimé-Williams, & Erika Carlson
July 2017

The University of North Carolina System’s Adoption of the NILOA Transparency Framework
Christine Robinson, John G. Frederick, Elise Demeter, Jodi Pettazzoni, Muktha Jost, Erin McNelis, & Michelle Soler
June 2017

The PLAIR Pilot Project: Perspectives from BSc in Public Health and Nutrition, Zayed University
Dr. Malin Garemo and Scott Benson, Zayed University Dr. Kevin Schoepp, Jumeira University
April 2017

A College Where Adjuncts Are Not Just Add-ons
Angela Félix, Rio Salado College
March 2017

The Development of a Student Affairs Assessment Structure
Kevin Grant, Biola University
September 2016

Social Network Analysis as Method to Assess Collaboration
Christa van Staden
May 2016

Digitally Automated Assessment of Outcomes Classified Per Bloom's Three Domains and Based on Frequency and Type of Assessments
Wajid Hussain and Mohammad F. Addas, Islamic University in Madinah
April 2016

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes Based on Institutional Core Values
Haifa Jamal Al-Lail and Houria Oudghiri, Effat University
March 2016

An Assessment Fellows Program Model
Joanna Campbell, Gail Fernandez, and Jill Rivera, Bergen Community College
February 2016

Leading Enhancement in Assessment and Feedback at the University of Edinburgh
Hazel Louise Marzetti, University of Edinburgh
November 2015

The Student Transformative Learning Record at the University of Central Oklahoma: A Commitment to Improving Student Learning
Sharra Hynes, Myron Pope, Patricia Loughlin, and Sonya Watkins, University of Central Oklahoma
October 2015

Finding the Way in the Assessment Landscape: Developing an Effective Assessment Map
Anke Buttner, University of Birmingham
September 2015

On the "Write" Path to Student Learning: Library and Writing Center Collaboration
Hector Escobar & Heidi Gauder, University of Dayton
May 2015

Digital Badges as Effective Assessment Tools
Heidi E. Parker, Purdue University
April 2015

Growing a Shared Understanding and Collaborative Process using Qualitative Research Methods to Design a Learning Assessment Outcomes Reporting Tool
Laura Blasi, Ph.D., Director, Institutional Assessment, Valencia College
March 2015

Measuring Student Learning in the Co-curricular: Developing an Assessment Plan for Student Affairs
Christie Cruise-Harper, PhD
February 2015

Practice What You Preach
Keri Nuun-Ellison, Larraine Kapka, Jackie Myers, Heidi McGrew, Janeil Bernheisel, & Jared Cutrler
January 2015

Analysis of Examples of Good Assessment Practice:

Cross Example

To learn more about what colleges and universities are doing to use assessment data productively to inform and strengthen undergraduate education, NILOA conducted nine case studies. This report synthesizes the insights from these individual studies to discern promising practices in using information about student learning. The report concludes with lessons learned and reflective questions to help institutions advance their own assessment efforts within their specific institutional contexts.

To read the report, click here.

Additional Case Study Resources:

Banta, T.W., & Associates. (2002). Building a scholarship of assessment. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Banta, T. W., Lund, J. P., Black, K. E., & Oblander, F. W. (1996). Assessment in practice: Putting principles to work on college campuses. New York, NY: Jossey-Bass.

Banta, T. W., Jones, E. A., & Black, K. E. (2009). Designing effective assessment: Principles and profiles of good practice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Bresciani, M. B. (2007). Assessing student learning in general education: Good practice case studies. Boston, MA: Anker Publishing.

Bresciani, M. J., Gardner, M. M., & Hickmott, J. (2009). Case studies for implementing assessment in student affairs. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.