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Examples of Good Assessment Practice

To develop a better understanding of what “good work” looks like related to assessment, data-informed improvement, and transparency at the institutional level, we are compiling some short, instructive case studies, or Examples of Good Assessment Practice. The institutions selected were identified using information from the national survey of student learning outcomes assessment, self-nominations by institutions, and suggestions from the NILOA advisory panel. The Examples feature colleges and universities that appear to be using assessment data to effect changes in teaching and learning or reporting their activities and findings in an accessible manner. We welcome additional recommendations for where to look to find exemplary assessment work from which others can benefit. To view each institutions' report, click on the institution name below.


Augustana College
Augustana has been active in the area of assessing student learning and has become a leader in gaining faculty involvement.


Capella University
Capella University's systematic, embedded student learning outcomes assessment process has helped to enhance learner success levels.

Carnegie Mellon University
Its commitment to interdisciplinarity and innovative teaching and learning practices are at the core of assessment at Carnegie Mellon University.



Colorado State University
Colorado State University has expanded its continuous improvement system for managing information sharing to serve the decision-making and reporting needs of various audiences.

Juniata College
Assessment at Juniata College has been underway since the 1980s. Currently, the Center for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning has significantly engaged faculty.

LaGuardia Community College
Using general education and the ePortfolio as the foundation for its assessment practices, LaGuardia has integrated assessment into the core of the institution.


North Carolina A&T State

North Carolina A&T State University
A&T is intentional in its use of including administrators, faculty and students in developing a "culture of inquiry" assessment process.


St. Olaf College
St. Olaf College utilizes a combination of faculty governance and administrative support to foster meaningful, manageable, and mission-driven inquiry in support of student learning.


Texas A&M International University

Since the 1990's, TAMIU has actively worked to integrate its assessment process into its campus' culture.


Measuring Student Learning in the Co-curricular: Developing an Assessment Plan for Student Affairs
Christie Cruise-Harper, PhD

Analysis of Examples of Good Assessment Practice:

Cross Example

To learn more about what colleges and universities are doing to use assessment data productively to inform and strengthen undergraduate education, NILOA conducted nine case studies. This report synthesizes the insights from these individual studies to discern promising practices in using information about student learning. The report concludes with lessons learned and reflective questions to help institutions advance their own assessment efforts within their specific institutional contexts.

To read the report, click here.

Additional Case Study Resources:

Banta, T.W., & Associates. (2002). Building a scholarship of assessment. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Banta, T. W., Lund, J. P., Black, K. E., & Oblander, F. W. (1996). Assessment in practice: Putting principles to work on college campuses. New York, NY: Jossey-Bass.

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

Bresciani, M. B. (2007). Assessing student learning in general education: Good practice case studies. Boston, MA: Anker Publishing.

Bresciani, M. J., Gardner, M. M., & Hickmott, J. (2009). Case studies for implementing assessment in student affairs. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.