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AAC&U Greater Expectation Institute

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Snowbird, UT

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Assessment is a vital component of any program or initiative in terms of monitoring and strengthening its impact. Assessment involves establishing outcomes (programmatic, learning, etc.), verifying that efforts are aligned with those outcomes, assessing impact, and “closing the loop” by using what is learned to make improvements. This presentation focused on characteristics of quality assessment, such as the need for it to be valid, reliable, actionable, and efficient. AAC&U’s cluster of intellectual and practical skills for a liberal education include inquiry and analysis; critical and creative thinking; written and oral communication; quantitative literacy; and teamwork and problem solving. Information literacy relates to and incorporates many of these learning outcomes and was used as an example to illustrate how collaboration among campus professionals and robust assessment can lead to effective student engagement and learning.


Education; Higher – Evaluation; Universities and colleges — Curricula – Evaluation


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Education Policy | Library and Information Science


Plenary session presented at: AAC&U Greater Expectation Institute, Snowbird, Utah, June 2008.

Consists of: 43 PowerPoint slides

A substantially expanded version of this presentation, delivered in February 2009 can be found here: