Methods & Measures

Evidence Type
Definition Examples
Direct*
Obervable products of student learning
  • Theses
  • Final exam
  • Capstone projects
  • Performances
  • Certification exam pass rates
Indirect
Perceptions/reflections of student learning
  • Exit surveys
  • Alumni surveys
  • Enrollment data
  • Job placement rates
*Accreditation standards require at least 1 direct measure in program-level assessment.

Example

  • Weak: Faculty will review student course evaluations and satisfaction surveys.
  • Stong: Using a representative sample of 20 student theses, a team of faculty will evaluate the quality of student work using common criteria.