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Resource Links

The sub-pages listed at right provide many resources for Swarthmore faculty and staff conducting assessment. The general approach to these resource lists has been to limit the links to a few very good ones, rather than presenting many that the reader would need to sort through. However, it is a work in progress, and suggestions for additional excellent resources are most welcome.

General Assessment Links

Our accreditating agency, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has many excellent publications available in .pdf. Here are a few that faculty and staff conducting assessment might find particularly useful.

Other higher education agencies have also provided helpful materials.

A number of very good, user-friendly books are available at McCabe Library, either physically or through EBL.

  • Suskie, Linda. Assessing Student Learning (Online : EBL)Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide. Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010. 2nd ed. This new edition of an earlier work is written in the style of a manual, and has plenty of explanation and examples without overwhelming the reader.
  • Walvoord, Barbara E. Assessment Clear and Simple (Online : EBL) Assessment Clear and Simple [electronic resource] : A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments, and General Education. Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010. 2nd ed. Chapters 3 and 4 are especially useful for those trying to do assessment.
  • Wiggins, Grant P., 1950 - Understanding by design (Online : ebrary) Understanding by design [electronic resource] / Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. Alexandria, VA : Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, c2005. Expanded 2nd ed. This is a pedogocially focused book that comes recommended by several of our faculty members.