Assessment Resources

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There are a number of resources available online and through the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), College Student Educators International (ACPA), Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and other higher education institutions that are useful for staff involved in assessment projects. Some of these resources are listed below.

Assessment Resource Documents

Helpful Documents

  • ACPA Assessment Skills and Knowledge (ASK)
    Developed by ACPA (College Student Educators International), the ASK standards seek to articulate the areas of content knowledge, skill and dispositions that student affairs professionals need in order to perform as practitioner-scholars to assess the degree to which students are mastering the learning and development.

    ACPA Assessment Skills and Knowledge (ASK) - pdf
    College Student Educators International (ACPA website)
  • NASPA Assessment Education Framework
    In 2009, the NASPA Assessment, Evaluation and Research Knowledge Community developed the Assessment Education Framework to “provide structure for those interested in learning more about assessment.”

    NASPA Assessment Education Framework - pdf
    Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA website)
  • CAS Learning and Development Outcomes
    The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) has outlined 43 functional area standards and related learning outcomes for the use by student affairs professionals. These standards guide the quality of student learning and development.

    CAS learning and Development Outcomes - pdf
    Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS website)
  • AAC&U Value Rubrics
    The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has developed a set of 15 rubrics through which institutions can evaluate cross-cutting capacities students develop across courses and programs. Known as VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education), these rubrics are helpful in institutional assessment efforts.

    Association of American Colleges and Universities – Assessment (website)
    Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U website)

Campus Labs Webinars

Campus Labs offers free webinars on a variety of assessment topics including basic statistics, conducting focus groups, writing assessment reports, and developing rubrics. For more information about these webinars and to register for a class visit the following website:

Campus Labs - Assessment Series

Student Affairs Assessment

Student Affairs staff can also check out books related to assessment from Student Affairs Assessment. The office is located in 110 Parkes Hall.

Email: sa-assessment@northwestern.edu to request an appointment.