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Assessment Resources

A collection of materials with a focus on Assessment activities



Assessment Models and Best Practices

College of Arts and Sciences Assessment Plans and Models (xls)

Examples of Evidence of Student Learning

Information on Assessment Models and Best Practices

Published Instruments in Higher Education

Sample Curriculum Map (Simple Matrix)

Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources




Assessment Context and Philosophy

Committing to Quality

Glossary of Assessment Terms (doc)

MSCHE Expectations for Assessment

New Leadership Principles

Technology to Support Assessment Activities

ePortfolios Guide



Instructional Strategies to Improve Learning

Strategies to Improve Student Learning

Designing Course Syllabi for Compliance with MSCHE Standards



Reference Material


YouTube Channel: UB Assessment: Measuring Excellence


Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide by Linda Suskie

The first edition of Assessing Student Learning has become the standard reference for college faculty and administrators who are charged with the task of assessing student learning within their institutions. The second edition of this landmark book offers the same practical guidance and is designed to meet ever-increasing demands for improvement and accountability. This edition includes expanded coverage of vital assessment topics such as promoting an assessment culture, characteristics of good assessment, audiences for assessment, organizing and coordinating assessment, assessing attitudes and values, setting benchmarks and standards, and using results to inform and improve teaching, learning, planning, and decision making.


Association of American Colleges and Universities: Value Rubrics: 


Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment




Assessment Learning Listservs

UB Faculty, Staff and Students are welcome to subscribe to any of our discipline specific listervs. It is hoped that these listservs will form the basis to establish Assessment Learning Communities for the sharing of expertise and experiences. .  To subscribe, send an e-mail to any that interest you, and you will be added.

Assessment Workshops

On May 14th and 17th the Office of Accreditation and Assessment hosted workshops related to assessment of student learning outcomes for program coordinators and faculty members.  These workshops provided more targeted information related to the design of program assessment plans.

Establishing a Program Mission and Student Learning Outcomes

 Christian M. Blum, Ph.D. - Bryant & Stratton College

Liberal Arts Program Administrator

This is a working session for program chairs/coordinators and program faculty to work to identify a program mission and student learning outcomes. Workshop facilitators will provide limited content (including examples from real courses and programs), and will focus primarily on assisting program teams as they work to develop a mission and learning outcomes.

Monday, May 14, 12:30-1:30 (Farber 150)

Thursday, May 17, 8:30-9:30 (Jacobs 110)


Developing Rubrics to Evaluate Student Learning Outcomes

Christian M. Blum, Ph.D. - Bryant & Stratton College

Liberal Arts Program Administrator

This formal presentation will describe how rubrics can be created and used to collect course/program assessment data.

Monday, May 14, 1:45-3:15 (Farber 150)

Thursday, May 17, 9:45-11:15 (Jacobs 110)



Assessment Options for Graduate Programs

Christian M. Blum, Ph.D. - Bryant & Stratton College

Liberal Arts Program Administrator

This brainstorming session will provide a forum in which facilitators, as well as session participants, can share ideas for using existing graduate level requirements (such as comprehensive exams, thesis/dissertation defenses, etc.) as methods for collecting assessment data.  Add-on assessments, such as portfolios, will also be discussed.

Monday, May 14, 3:30-4:30 (Farber 150)

Thursday, May 17, 11:30-12:30 (Jacobs 110)




Using Course Assignments and Exams for Assessment: Feasible Methods for Collecting and Managing Assessment Data

Jeffrey Errington - University at Buffalo

Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

This formal presentation will provide information related to incorporating the collection of data for assessment into the framework of existing course activities, such as written assignments and exams.

Tuesday, May 15, 2:00-4:00 (Farber 144)

Wednesday, May 16, 10:00-12:00 (Jacobs 110)