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College & University Associations

There are a number of associations that colleges and universities can join that are involved in various assessment activities. Below are descriptions of the associations with links to their websites.

AAC&U: Association of American Colleges and Universities
AASCU: American Association of State Colleges and Universities
ACPA: American College Personnel Association
APLU: Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
CAS: Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
CIC: Council of Independent Colleges
NAICU: National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education


Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

AAC&U Assessment Resources: Information provided on AAC&U initiatives, AAC&U publications, AAC&U meetings and institutes, as well as additional links on Assessment.

AAC&U VALUE: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education: Provides an overview of this initiative that seeks to drive assessment towards having multiple expert judgments of a students work over a period of time.

Trends in Learning Outcomes, General Education, and Assessment : Report on the survey findings of AAC&U members.


American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

AASCU Accountability Related Publications: Information on AASCU accountability related publications including the Voluntary System of Accountability and information on Value-Added Assessment.


American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

ACPA Assessment Planning Tool: Includes the Ten-Step Matrix in Student Affairs Assessment and the Ten-Step Matrix in Student Outcomes Assessment

ACPA Commission for Assessment and Evaluation: Provides information on assessment activities and development in this organization.


Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)

APLU College Portrait: Voluntary System of Accountability: Information about the history and concept of the VSA Initiative.


Council for the advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)

CAS: Information about the history and resources of the CAS.


Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)

CIC Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Consortium: Information on the Consortium including participating institutions and a publication highlighting these institutions' experiences.


National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)

NAICU University & College Accountability Network (U-CAN) : Provides students and their families information about colleges and universities in a common format that is "consumer-friendly."


Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)

NASPA Student Affairs Assessment, Evaluation and Research (SAAER) Knowledge Community: Resource for practitioners of student affairs-related assessment.

NASPA Assessment Education Framework Webinar Series: Educational tools for practitioners who are using assessment.



“NILOA can be the connective tissue that links together and advances the work of various groups and organizations interested in using student learning outcomes to improve higher education.”


George L. Mehaffy
Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)