Campus Models and Case Studies

Students in the all-women undergraduate program at Bay Path University often talk about the “sisterhood” and the supportive environment fostered by their instructors, administrators, and each other.

Bay Path, a private university in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, has a long history of... Read More

Hamline University

In the summer of 2014, representatives from ten Minnesota institutions came together with a singular purpose: to build and strengthen a culture of assessment on their campuses.

These campuses formed the Minnesota Collaborative as an offshoot of the... Read More

St. Cloud State University

At many colleges and universities, the introduction of a new assessment project is met with something less than enthusiasm by faculty. At St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, however, university involvement in the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC)—a... Read More

Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusetts Community College

A positive trend in recent years has been the move by many colleges and universities toward integrated curricula through which students forge connections between general education and the major and develop crucial, cross-cutting capacities progressively from the first to final year of college... Read More

Santa Clara University
The new Pathways requirement at SCU extends general education into the junior and senior years and asks students to think reflectively about their education.

When Santa Clara University (SCU) began revising its core curriculum in 2005, it identified integrative learning as a crucial element of the university’s identity and mission. It’s not an uncommon learning goal, and many of the requirements SCU has implemented to engage students in integrative... Read More

Charles and Stella Guttman Community College
Students at the 2013 Summer Bridge Program wear color-coded shirts matched to their "houses"--the learning communities to which they belong throughout their first year at the college.

Building a college from scratch presents a lot of challenges, but it's also "fantastically freeing to be able to start fresh," says Scott Evenbeck, president of Charles and Stella Guttman Community College. Guttman is the newest community college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system... Read More

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College
IUPUI-Ivy Tech Office of Coordinated Programs

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is less than three miles from the Central Indiana campus of Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana's statewide community college system. The two institutions would seem to be natural partners for transfer, but until 1990 IUPUI did not... Read More

Salt Lake Community College
SLCC, a large community college with more than a dozen instructional sites, developed collegewide learning outcomes and asks students to demonstrate their mastery of these outcomes in their electronic portfolios.

In David Hubert's political science class at Salt Lake Community College, students analyze campaign finance data and write papers about recent elections in Utah. In Kati Lewis's composition class, students write papers in different genres—such as a position paper, a review, and a memoir—all on... Read More

Texas A&M University
At Texas A&M, faculty members who have had success with assessment help encourage their colleagues. (Photo courtesy Texas A&M)

Texas A&M University has a pretty simple philosophy when it comes to assessment: Make it useful, make it flexible, and "play with the people who want to play," says Ryan McLawhon, Texas A&M's assistant director of institutional assessment. While this laid-back approach might seem like... Read More

University of Cincinnati
UC students must complete a senior capstone project, which is assessed using rubrics, to graduate with a baccalaureate degree.

Richard Robles uses an analogy to illustrate the differences between standardized tests and rubric-based assessments, two important tools currently used to measure student learning outcomes. "Rubric assessments are like thermometers, whereas standardized tests are like litmus tests," Robles... Read More

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