WCU Assessment Wiki

On this site you will find resources to help you plan your assessment activities, whether for in the classroom to help your students learn (formative) or for your course or program to report progress as it relates to your course or program learning outcome goals (summative).

Shelfari Bookshelf - Books we have available for you to borrow


Many resources for Assessment can be found on North Carolina State University's Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment site.

A great resource from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment for new faculty is the article by Pat Hutchings entitled What New Faculty Need To Know About Assessment (see below).

Great video introduction to the assessment cycle can be found at James Madison University (http://www.jmu.edu/assessment/AssessmentProcess2.html).

Learning Outcomes

Websites/Downloadable resources

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
Established in 2008, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) assists institutions and others in discovering and adopting promising practices in the assessment of college student learning outcomes. Documenting what students learn, know and can do is of growing interest to colleges and universities, accrediting groups, higher education associations, foundations and others beyond campus, including students, their families, employers, and policy makers. (from website)


Hutchings, P. (2011, April). What new faculty need to know about assessment. (NILOA Assessment Brief: Faculty). Urbana, IL: University for Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.


Websites/Downloadable resources

Opened Practices - Resources for Teaching & Learning (select Resource Types=Rubric)

Stanford University - Rubrics (PDF)

Winona State University - Sample rubrics on a variety of topics, including particular programs or project types

Waubonsee Community College - Developing Outcomes Rubrics (PDF)


Green, K. H., & Emerson, A. (2007). A new framework for grading. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 32(4), 495-511. Routledge. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602930600896571

Program Review

Periodic review of our Academic and Administrative Programs

Download file "Program Review Calendar 2011-2012.pdf" (PDF) (2011-11-01)

WCU Academic Program Reviews (Login Required)

Download file "Academic Program Review - Guidelines.pdf"
Download file "External Reviewers Handbook"

WCU Administrative Program Reviews (Login Required)

Download file "Administrative Program Review - Guidelines.pdf" Download file "Administrative Program Review - External Reviewers Handbook.pdf"

If you have any questions concerning what you find on this site, please contact David Onder, Director of Assessment, at 828-227-2580 or via email at dmonder@wcu.edu.