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Assessment Basics

Designing and conducting an assessment project can seem overwhelming when you are first beginning the project. This page provides links to helpful information that can make designing your project less intimidating, including information on common Assessment Tools. If you have questions that aren't answered below, we encourage you to contact Eric Resnis.

Effective Assessment
In this section, read about the characteristics of an effective assessment as well as the issues that arise when conducting assessment (including Miami Plan assessment).

Introduction to Assessment (PDF)
Download a PowerPoint slideshow presentation introducing assessment at Miami, and focusing on learning outcomes and assessment plans for courses and programs.

Student Learning Outcomes
This page provides detailed tips and suggestions for designing well-written outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answers to frequently asked assessment questions are provided in this section.

Guidelines for Evaluating Assessment Plans
This page provides guidelines for evaluating assessment plans by divisional curriculum committees.

Learning Systems Design Model
The Learning Systems Design model is a useful context for thinking about assessment. The model connects instructional planning, implementation and assessment for purposes of improving student learning. Resources for each step of the model are provided.

Assessment and Accreditation


A rubric is a guide that describes the criteria that will be used to score or grade an assignment. Sample rubrics for your use are provided in this section.

Surveys, when designed and used appropriately, can provide valuable information about student learning and development. The Surveys section includes information on designing and using surveys for assessment purposes, sample surveys, and descriptions of the existing survey data that are available to Miami faculty and staff.

Measuring Quality in Higher Education: An Inventory of Instruments, Tools and Resources
This web site provides an inventory of resources for higher education faculty and staff in assessing academic and support programs. There are four categories of items: instruments (examinations, surveys, questionnaires, etc.); software tools and platforms; benchmarking systems and data resources; projects, initiatives and services.

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