Educational Tools

In order to provide student affairs professionals within the division of student affairs with opportunities to gain additional assessment skills, the ACPA ASK Standards will be used as a framework to gauge and design professional development needs and opportunities. Developed by the ACPA Commission for Assessment for Student Development, the ASK standards seek to articulate the areas of content knowledge and skills student affairs professionals need in order to assess the degree to which their programs and services are meeting their intended program and student learning outcomes. Simply put, the content standards answer the question, “What do student affairs professionals need to know in order to do assessment?”

It is suggested that all student affairs staff download and review the following documents:

ACPA-NASPA Professional Competency Area
ACPA-NASPA Professional Competency Areas (Short Version
ACPA-NASPA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Rubric


CAS Standards    Handbook for Program Reviews (Erin to provide)

Web Resources

Assessment Commons
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
Student Affairs Assessment Leaders
Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education

Lending Library Stuff (Boston College Stuff)


Assessment in Student Affairs: A Guide for Practitioners (1996)
Authors: M. Lee Upcraft and John H. Schuh
Assessment Practice in Student Affairs: An Applications Manual (2001)
Authors: John H. Schuh and M. Lee Upcraft
Assessment Clear and Simple: A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments, and General Education (2010)
Author: Barbara E. Walvoord
Assessment Reconsidered: Institutional Effectiveness for Student Success (2008)
Authors: Richard P. Keeling, Andrew F. Wall, Ric Underhile, and Gwendolyn J. Dungy
Assessing Student Learning and Development (2004)
Authors: Marilee J. Bresciani, Ph. D, Carrie L. Zelna, Ph. D, and James A. Anderson, Ph. D
Assessing Student Learning and Development: A Guide to the Principles, Goals, and Methods of Determining College Outcomes (1991)
Author: T. Dary Erwin
Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide (2009)
Author: Linda Suskie
Assessment Essentials: Planning, Implementing, Improving Assessment in Higher Education (1999)
Authors: Catherine A. Paloma and Trudy W. Banta
Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and Tools for Using Rubrics (2010)
Editor: Terrel L. Rhodes