Books, Articles, Links

On this page:

  1. UH sites/documents
  2. Academic program assessment online resources
  3. Co-curricular program assessment online resources
  4. Articles & newsletter
  5. Books available at the Assessment Office
  6. University academic assessment and institutional research web sites

UH sites/documents

UHM HANDBOOKS/GUIDES produced by Mānoa faculty
Handbook on Departmental Assessment of Undergraduate Education (Mānoa Faculty Senate CAPP, 2000)
Assessors Anonymous Handbook: College of Education (2008)

Roles and Responsibilities for Evaluation in Foreign Language Programs (J. M. Norris & Y. Watanabe, 2007)

Graduate Program Assessment Policy (Graduate Division)
Institutional Learning Objectives (Mānoa Assessment Committee, General Education Committee, Committee on Academic Planning and Policy, Assessment Office; approved by Faculty Senate, May 2, 2012)
Statement on Faculty Governance of Program Assessment (Mānoa Assessment Committee; approved by Faculty Senate, Dec. 8, 2010)
Preamble to All Assessment of the University of Hawai`i's General Education Program Assessment (Mānoa General Education Committee and its Boards, 2008)
Envisioning Useful Academic Assessment at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa (Mānoa Faculty Senate Task Force on Assessment, January 12, 2007)
Resolution on Assessment (Mānoa Faculty Senate CAPP, 2000-01)

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (web site)

Mānoa Institutional Research (web site)

Office of Student Affairs policies and procedures (web site)

Office of Faculty Development & Academic Support: Course evaluation, faculty development, technology in the classroom (web site)

UH System Office of Institutional Research (web site)
UH System Vice President for Planning and Policy (web site)
UH System Executive Policy E5.210: Institutional Accountability and Performance


Academic Program Assessment Online Resources

Program-Based Review and Assessment: Tools and Techniques for Program Improvement. Office of Academic Planning and Assessment. University of Massachusetts Amherst. (2001)

  • Getting Started: What is Program-Based Assessment?
  • Defining Goals and Objectives
  • Designing the Assessment Program
  • Assessment Strategies and Methods
  • Analyzing, Reporting, and Using Results

University of Massachusetts Amherst also has a handbook on course-level assessment.

Tools and Techniques for Program Improvement: Handbook for Program Review & Assessment of Student Learning. Office of Institutional Assessment, Research, and Testing. Western Washington University. (2006)

  • Focus on Learning
  • Assessment for Learning
  • What is Program Assessment?
  • Defining Mission and Goals
  • Defining Program Learning Objectives
  • Outcomes Design and Measurement
  • Assessment Strategies and Methods
  • Analyzing, Reporting, and Using Results

Western Washington University also has a handbook on course improvement.

Higher Ed Assessment Resources (maintained by North Carolina State University): Comprehensive, meta-list of internet resources

  • General resources
  • Assessment "handbooks"
  • Assessment of specific skills or content
  • Individual institutions' assessment-related pages
  • Accrediting bodies
  • Student assessment of courses and faculty
Easy Outcomes: 10 steps to better outcomes; step-by-step approach that includes a logic model

The 2002 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation (Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication; Natural Science Foundation)

  • Section I: Evaluation and Types of Evaluation
  • Section II: The Steps in Doing an Evaluation
  • Section III: An Overview of Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection Methods
  • Section IV: Strategies That Address Culturally Responsive Evaluation
Creating an Effective Assessment Plan for the Sociology Major (ASA Task Force on Assessing the Undergraduate Sociology Major)

Evidence Guide: A Guide to Using Evidence in the Accreditation Process: A Resource to Support Institutions and Evaluation Teams. Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC). (January 2002)

  • Introduction
  • The Nature and Use of Evidence (Why is WASC Concerned About Assessment? What is Evidence? What Constitutes Good Evidence?)
  • Evidence and the WASC Accreditation Standards
  • Assembling and Presenting Evidence in the Course of Review (Where Does Good Evidence Come From? How Should Evidence Be Presented?)

Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning. American Association for Higher Education Assessment Forum (1992)


Full document (PDF, 4 pages)

  • 9 principles to help examine current assessment practice and develop campus assessment policies

A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education
A report of the commission appointment by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings (2006).

Excerpts from this report related to the assessment of and reporting of student learning:

  • "There are also disturbing signs that many students who do earn degrees have not actually mastered the reading, writing, and thinking skills we expect of college graduates." (p. x)
  • There is a "remarkable absence of accountability mechanisms to ensure that colleges succeed in educating students." (p. x)
  • "Employers report repeatedly that many new graduates they hire are not prepared to work, lacking the critical thinking, writing and problem-solving skills needed in today's workplaces." (p. 3)
  • "Student achievement, which is inextricably connected to institutional success, must be measured by institutions on a 'value-added' basis that takes into account students' academic baseline when assessing their results." (p. 4)
  • "There is inadequate transparency and accountability for measuring institutional performance, which is more and more necessary to maintaining public trust in higher education." (p. 14)
  • "Higher education must change from a system primarily based on reputation to one based on performance. We urge the creation of a robust culture of accountability and transparency throughout higher education." (p. 21)
  • "Post secondary education institutions should measure and report meaningful student learning outcomes." (p. 24)
  • "We recommend that America's colleges and universities embrace a culture of continuous innovation and quality improvement by developing new pedagogies, curricula, and technologies to improve learning, particularly in the area of science and mathematical literacy." (p. 25)


Co-curricular Program Assessment Online Resources
The Administrative Unit Assessment Handbook: Guidelines for Planning and Implementing. Measuring Student Support Services and Administrative Outcomes. University of Central Florida.
Assessment: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Effective Outcomes Assessment. Academic Support and Administrative Units at AUC. American University in Cairo


Articles & Newsletters
Bibliography of articles about program assessment that include results
Assessment Update [bimonthly newsletter published by Wiley]. Available online via Hamilton Library's electronic resources.


Books at the Assessment Office

Stop by and borrow a book today!

List of books available at the Assessment Office -- searchable library


University Academic Assessment and Institutional Research Web Sites

Mānoa's peer, benchmark, and comparison institutions

Colorado State University-Fort Collins -Institutional Research
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Grand Valley State University -Assessment Home
Illinois State University -University Assessment Office
Indiana University-Bloomington -University Reporting & Research
-Instructional Support Services
Iowa State University -Assessment of Academic Programs
-Institutional Research
Kansas State University -Office of Assessment
-Office of Planning and Analysis
Louisiana State University -Planning and Review
Michigan State University -Office of Planning and Budgets
-Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (accreditation study)
-Student Outcomes Assessment for Academic Program Resources
Oklahoma State University-Stillwater -Assessment
Oregon State University -Office of Academic Planning and Assessment
State University of New York-Buffalo -Accreditation and Assessment Office
-Academic Program Assessment
University of Alabama -Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
University of Arizona -Assessment
-University Analytics & Institutional Research
University of California-Davis -Budget & Institutional Analysis Division
-Educational Effectiveness Self-Study, WASC Accreditation (2003)
University of California-Los Angeles -Office of Academic Planning & Budget
-Higher Education Research Institute
University of Colorado-Boulder -Data Analytics Office
-Academic Performance Indicators
-Assessment and Improvement
University of Florida -Office of Institutional Planning and Research
University of Georgia -Office of Institutional Effectiveness
-Office of Institutional Research
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign -Center for Teaching Excellence: Student Outcomes Assessment
-Center for Teaching Excellence Home
-University Office for Planning and Budget
University of Iowa -Office of Assessment
University of Kentucky -Office of Assessment
-Office of Institutional Research & Advanced Analytics
-Office of Institutional Effectiveness
University of Louisville -Office of Academic Planning and Accountability
University of Maine

-Office of Assessment
-Office of Institutional Studies

University of Maryland-College Park -Institutional Research Planning and Assessment
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor -Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (Curricular Assessment and Evaluation)
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities -Undergraduate Education Assessment
-Office of Institutional Research
University of Missouri-Columbia -Program Assessment
-Institutional Research
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill -Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
University of North Carolina-Charlotte -Office of Assessment and Accreditation
-Office of Institutional Research
University of Oregon -Curriculum and Program Assessment
-Office of Institutional Research
University of Rhode Island -Office of Student Learning, Outcomes Assessment, and Accreditation
-Office of Institutional Research
University of South Carolina-Columbia -Office of Institutional Assessment and Compliance
University of Tennessee-Knoxville -Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
University of Utah -Assessment of Undergraduate Studies Programs & Offices
-Office of Budget and Institutional Analysis
University of Virginia-Charlottesville -Institutional Assessment and Studies
University of Washington -Office of Educational Assessment
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire -University Assessment
-Institutional Research
University of Wisconsin-Madison -Assessment of Academic Programs and Student Outcomes
-Academic Planning and Analysis

updated 11/22/2017