Assessment Resources

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Institutional Research, Northwestern University

The mission of the Office of Institutional Research is to collect, integrate, and analyze institutional and external data to support institutional decision-making, planning, and policy development. The annual Northwestern University Data Book, a summary of official statistical information, is available on their website.

Office of the Provost, Northwestern University - Assessment of Student Learning

The Office of the Provost is leading a University-wide initiative to facilitate assessment of student learning outcomes. Among our main goals is to make available a broad set of tools, best practices, and methodologies related to student learning assessment for faculty and staff to readily utilize.

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.

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

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.

AAC&U Leap Essential Learning Outcomes and 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.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)

NILOA aims 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.

Tableau Server

View your Assessment Reports from this dynamic online interface


University-wide survey software tool available to all Northwestern staff, faculty and students.

NOTE: please consult with the SA Assessment & Planning Team on sending out any survey related to Student Affairs departments

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Many of our research studies must have IRB approval prior to the data collection process. This website provides more information: 

Please consult with the SA Assessment & Planning Team for more details