Resources & Rubrics

OAS Resources


     Scholarship on Assessment



     Videotaped assessment interviews

Additional Assessment Resources

     Accrediting Bodies

     Curriculum Mapping

     Discipline-Specific Resources




     Selected Scholarly Articles


     Websites and Other Resources


Sample Rubrics

AAC&U's VALUE Rubrics

Other Rubric Resources

Accrediting Bodies

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Higher Education (MSA-CHE)

New England Association of Schools and Colleges: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools: Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC)

Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges: Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges: (SACS/COC)

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)


Curriculum Mapping

The University of North Florida has a short piece about mapping along with a sample map template.

Ohio State University's Katherine Kelley has information about curriculum mapping for pharmacy programs

The University of West Florida has guidelines for including Student Learning Outcomes in syllabi.

A description of how course-embedded assessments can be mapped to both formative and summative assessments can be found here.

Discipline-Specific Resources

The Association of American Colleges and Universities has compiled some applied examples of best practice campus assessments for the Biology, Business, Mathematics, & Nursing 1 & 2

Allied Health and Communicative Disorders

The School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders (AHCD) Assessment Committee Guidebook. The School of AHCD at NIU has its own assessment committee and they have put together this guidebook that describes assessment at the individual and program level. A good example for any discipline. View the guidebook.


A July 2009 article (pdf version) by Inside Higher Ed reviewed the American Sociological Association's (ASA) Department Survey results; suggesting that assessment is becoming more common within Sociology Departments.

General Education

James Madison University requires incoming freshmen to take two computer literacy tests, one concerning information-seeking skills and the other regarding technology competencies. See more about these general education assessments.



Beyond Confusion: An Assessment Glossary by Andrea Leskes

Ozarka College Assessment Glossary

This list is not inclusive. Many more glossaries are available on assessment.

North Carolina State Universities has a list of many assessment glossaries (scroll down the page to find the glossary list)



U Mass

     U Mass - course based assessment handbook

ASU Assessment Guide

Institutional Effectiveness Practitioner’s Manual. Texas A&M International University 

UW-Madison Assessment Manual

This list is not inclusive. Many more assessment handbooks are available.

North Carolina State University has compiled a list of many assessment handbooks



AAC&U Board of Directors. (2008). Our Students’ Best Work: A Framework for Accountability Worthy of Our Mission. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Angelo, T., & Cross, P. (1993). Classroom assessment techniques: A handbook for college teachers. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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

Barr, R. B., & Tagg, J. (1995). From teaching to learning: A new paradigm for undergraduate education. Change, 27 (6), 12-25.

Boyer, E. L. (1990). Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Greater Expectations Project on Accreditation and Assessment. (2004). Taking Responsibility for the Quality of the Baccalaureate Degree. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Huba, M. E. & Freed, J. (2000). Learner-centered assessment on college campuses: Shifting the focus from teaching to learning. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Leamnson, R. (1999). Thinking about teaching and learning: Developing habits of learning with first-year college and university students. Sterling, VA: Stylus

Leskes, A., & Miller, R. (2006). Purposeful Pathways: Helping Students Achieve Key Learning Outcomes. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Leskes, A., & Wright, B. (2005). The Art and Science of Assessing General Education Outcomes: A Practical Guide. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America’s Promise. (2007). College Learning for the New Global Century. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

O'Banion, T. (1997). A learning college for the 21st Century. Phoenix: ACE/Oryx Press.

Pellegrino, J. W., Chudowsky, N., & Glaser, R. (2001). Knowing what Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Spurlin, J. E., Rajala, S. A., & Jerome P. Lavelle. (2008). Designing Better Engineering Education through Assessment: A Practical Resource for Faculty and Department Chairs on Using Assessment and ABET Criteria to Improve Student Learning.  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Weimer, M. G. (2002). Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

This list is not inclusive. Many more publications are available on assessment.


Selected Scholarly Articles

Keppell, M. & Carless, D. (2006). Learning-oriented assessment: a technology-based case study. Assessment in Education, 13(2), 179-191.
Carless, D. (2007). Learning-oriented assessment: conceptual bases and practical implications. Innovations in Education and Teaching Internationally, 44(1), 57-66.
Dancer, D. & Kamvounais, P. (2005). Student involvement in assessment: a project designed to assess class participation fairly and reliably. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 30(4), 445-454.



NIU’s Toolkit “What is a Rubric” article

An extensive list of Rubrics by Departments compiled by the University of North Carolina Greensboro

An informative guide of the purpose of rubrics, as well as tips on creation, can be found here.

Sample Rubrics (PDFs)

AAC&U's VALUE Rubrics
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) developed a set of rubrics for institutional-level use in evaluating and discussing student learning through a project called VALUE: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education. (Reprinted with permission from Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and tools for Using Rubrics, edited by Terrel L. Rhodes. Copyright 2010 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities)

Intellectual and Practical Skills

Personal and Social Responsibility

Integrative and Applied Learning

Rubric Resources at Other Universities

This list is not inclusive. Many more assessment rubric resources are available.


Websites and Resources

The University of North Carolina Greensboro assessment website is very extensive and has sample rubrics, assessment plans, and other assessment resources.

North Carolina State University has compiled an extensive list of Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment.

Also at North Carolina State University, Dr. Michael Carter, has created several Assessment Plans and Rubrics for Graduate Programs, as well as ‘how to’ materials for program evaluation.  

Winona State University has an extensive list of assessment resources, as well as sample assessment rubrics for various disciplines.

The University of Connecticut Assessment Website provides a helpful introduction to assessment.



Bloom (Original and Revised) Taxonomy Links can be found at NIU's Faculty Design and Instruction Center here.

Marzano's New Taxonomy information is available here.


Assessment Videos

This list of informative assessment videos was compiled by Dr. Rosemary R. Sundet, Director of Institutional Assessment and Dr. Cathy S. Kemper, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation at Blinn College for their faculty development workshops Assessment 101 and Assessment 102

Using Assessment to Improve Instruction - Bill Moore, Coordinator for Outcomes Assessment, Washington State Board for Technical & Community Colleges

How Assessment can Support or Undermine Learning - Graham Gibbs, University of Oxford