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Assessment Resources

CTE Working Sessions on Learning Outcomes and Assessment

We provide hands-on faculty working sessions on learning outcomes and assessment. For more information on the working sessions currently offered, please visit our Assessment Working Sessions page.

The assessment of student learning looks at both creating effective evaluation schemes as well as providing effective feedback to students on their learning.

This page has information on:


Strategies for Assessing Students in Your Courses


Developing a Plan: Assessment Guide for Courses and Programs

The most fundamental question that an assessment effort seeks to answer, whether on the course-level or program-level is: are your students learning what you intend? Assessment is therefore focused on learning outcomes and looks at teaching and decisions that teachers make as contributions to student learning. Analysis of assessment methods already being used can help determine whether those methods capture the kind of evidence necessary to validly and effectively determine the degree to which the instructional approach and program curriculum are successful in achieving their intended goals and producing graduates with the kind of knowledge and skills necessary for success.

This guide is meant to assist faculty and administrators engage in systematic assessment on two levels:


Examples of assessment plans, reports, and resources from other institutions are identified below:


Developing a Plan: Assessment Resources at the Graduate Level

The course-level and program-level assessment guides can be valuable resources when engaging in assessment at the graduate level. Assessment resources specific to graduate programs are given below. 

Overview of Graduate Program Assessment pdf

This document provides an overview of the components of an assessment plan and outlines considerations when developing learning outcomes and identifying the evidence that will be used to demonstrate achievement of the outcomes. It also discusses “closing the loop,” which involves determining a method of collecting, sharing and discussing data and action items (who, when, how). This can be used in conjunction with the “Program level assessment matrix” below.

Program Level Assessment Matrix pdf

This is one example of a matrix that can be helpful where the learning outcomes are aligned with learning opportunities and information on the evidence that will be used to determine student achievement of learning outcomes.

Bloom’s Taxonomy of Action Verbs

Action verbs are verbs that result in overt behavior that can be observed and measured. They are helpful when developing learning outcomes.

Measures and Assessment Methods pdf

These are some examples of assessment methods at the graduate level that are commonly used to evaluate and measure student learning and the achievement of learning outcomes.

Cornell University's Graduate School - Learning Assessment

The Graduate School website contains information on the learning proficiencies of masters and doctoral candidates, example outcomes and assessment metrics at the graduate level, and sample rubric for evaluation of PhD student progress. Examples of assessment plans at the graduate level can be found on the following web pages:

Cornell University's Office of the Provost - Assessment of Student Learning

Additional resources on assessment are available on the Provost’s webpage.

CTE Working Sessions on Learning Outcomes and Assessment

We provide hands-on faculty working sessions on learning outcomes and assessment. For more information on the working sessions currently offered, please visit our Assessment Working Sessions page.