Links to Assessment-Related Associations and Organizations
American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
Peer Review Journal - the 2009 Vol 11(1) issue (Assessing
Learning Outcomes: Lessons from AAC&U's VALUE Project) focused on
assessment, and articles on the subject also appear periodically in
Selected AAC&U publications
Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) is a national public advocacy, campus action, and research initiative that champions the importance of a twenty-first-century liberal education.
LEAP Campus Toolkit is an interactive library for campus practitioners and other educators to access concise, useful research narratives, examples of campus work, and assessment instruments.
A Sea Change on Student Learning Assessment: (2012) An advocation for authentic assessment -- use of projects, research, writing, performances, portfolios (course-based and field-based) as the centerpieces of assessment
The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning
" AAEEBL's mission is to develop learners and transform institutions with electronic portfolios [and] offers conferences, resources, community connections, a newsletter, and consulting to institutional members and corporate affiliates "
The AAEEBL Learner- the organization's magazine on use of ePortfolios, and links to assorted other resources.
Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education
"AALHE is a professional association for assessment practitioners at colleges, universities, and higher education support organizations. It provides resources and a forum to support assessment practitioners' professional development and the open discussion of issues, strategies, policies, and processes associated with higher education's use of assessment as a tool to improve student learning and institutional effectiveness in fostering student success."
Association for Institutional Research
The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is the world's largest professional association for institutional researchers. The organization provides educational resources, best practices and professional development
Commission for Assessment for Student Development
"The Commission for Assessment and Evaluation promotes assessment skills and knowledge to facilitate and support student learning, development, and effective student affairs practice."
Home Page - a commission of the College Student Educators International (ACPA)
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
"Established in 2008, the mission of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) is to discover and disseminate ways that academic programs and institutions can productively use assessment data internally to inform and strengthen undergraduate education, and externally to communicate with policy makers, families and other stakeholders."
Selected NILOA publications
From Gathering to Using Assessment Results, from the National Institute for learning Outcomes Assessment.
New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability
"The Alliance, an advocacy-focused organization, will lead and support voluntary and cooperative efforts to move the higher education community towards gathering, reporting on, and using evidence to improve student learning in American undergraduate education."
Selected Alliance Publications
New Leadership for Student Learning and Accountability: A Statement of Principles, Commitments to Action - This document was developed jointly by the AAC&U and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in dialogue with many colleague. It contains a statement of Principles and Committments to Action for academic excellence, through the monitoring of the quality of student learning and development and use the results both to improve achievement and to demonstrate the value of work to the public.
Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education - "The Higher Learning Commission has endorsed these guidelines ... help colleges and universities in improving the quality of a college degree by asking them to set clear goals for student achievement, regularly gather and use evidence that measures performance against those goals, report evidence of student learning, and continuously work to improve results."