These resources are available as .pdf documents or in the Assessment Library (located in the office of Student Development and Assessment):

Assessment in Student Affairs

Bresciani, M. J. (2011, August). Making Assessment Meaningful: What New Student Affairs Professionals and Those New to Assessment Need to Know. (NILOA Assessment Brief: Student Affairs). Urbana, IL: University for Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

Bresciani, M.J.; Zelna, C.L.; Anderson, J.A. (2004). Assessing student learning and development: A handbook for practitioners. Washington, DC: NASPA.

Bresciani, M. J. (2006). Outcomes-based academic and co-curricular program review: A compilation of institutional good practices. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Schuh, J.H. and Gansemer-Topf, A.M. (December 2010). The role of student affairs in student learning assessment. National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. Occasional Paper #7.

Schuh, J.H. and Upcraft, M.L. (2001). Assessment practice in student affairs: An applications manual. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Dean, L.A. (Ed.). (2009). CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education (7th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Council for the Advancement of standards in higher education.

Upcraft, M.L., and Schuh, J.H. (1996). Assessment in student affairs: A guide for practitioners. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

General Assessment

AAHE Assessment Forum. (1997). Learning through assessment: A resource guide for higher education. Edited by Lion F. Gardiner, Caitlin Anderson, and Barbara L. Cambridge. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education.

Gates, S.M., Augustine, C.H., Benjamin, R., Bikson, T.K., Kaganoff, T., Levy, D.G., Moini, J.S., and  Zimmer, R.W. (2002). Ensuring quality and productivity in higher education: An analysis of assessment practices. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Hatry, H., van Houten, T., Plantz, M.C., and Greenway, M.T. (1996). Measuring program outcomes: A practical approach. United Way of America.

Huba, M.E. and Freed, J.E. (2000). Learner-centered assessment on college campuses: Shifting the focus from teaching to learning. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Keeling, R.P. (Ed.), Bonfiglio, R., Borrego, S.E., Dungy, G.J., Forrest, C.S., Fried, J., Hanson, G.S., Komives, S., Mullendore, R., Roberts, G., Schoper, S., Skinner, J.D., and Steffes, J. (2006). Learning reconsidered 2: A practical guide to implementing a campus-wide focus on the student experience. Washington, D.C.: American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), Association of College Unions International (ACUI), National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).

Keeling, R.P. (Ed.), Dungy, G.J., Evans, N., Fried, J., Komives, S., McDonald, W., and Salvador, S. (2004). Learning reconsidered: A campus-wide focus on the student experience. Washington, D.C.: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Keeling, R.P., Wall, A.F., Underhile, R., and Dungy, G.J. (2008). Assessment reconsidered: Institutional effectiveness for student success. International center for student success and institutional accountability.

Kuh, G.D., Kinzie, J., Schuh, J.H., and Whitt, E.J. (2005). Assessing conditions to enhance educational effectiveness. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Maki, P.L. (2004). Assessing for learning: Building a sustainable commitment across the institution. Sterling: Stylus Publishing LLC.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (2003). Student learning assessment: Options and resources. Philadelphia: Middle states commission on higher education.

Walvoord, B.E. (2004). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions, departments and general education. San Fransico: Jossey-Bass.


Billson, J.M. (2001). The power of focus groups: A training manual for social and policy research. Barrington: Skywood Press.

Cambridge, B.L., Kahn, S., Tompkins, D.P., and Yancey, K.B.  (Eds.). (2001). Electronic portfolios: Emerging practices in student, faculty and institutional learning. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education.

Chen, H.L., and Light, T.P. (2010). Electronic portfolios and student success: Effectiveness, efficiency, and learning. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Creswell, J.W. (2003). Research design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Method Approaches (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications Inc.

Creswell, J.W. (1998). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five traditions. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications Inc.

Schroeder, L.D., Sjoquist, D.L., and Stephan, P.E. (1986). Understanding regression analysis: An introductory guide (Sage University Paper series on quantitative applications in the social sciences, series no. 07-057). Newbury Park: Sage Publications.

Williams, F. and Monge, P. (2001). Reasoning with statistics: How to read quantitative research (5th ed.). Harcourt College Publishers.

Special Topics

Dalton, J.C., Russell, T.R., Kline, S. (Eds.). (2004). Assessing character outcomes in college. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Swing, R.L. (Ed.). (2001). Proving and improving: Strategies for assessing the first college year (Monograph No.33). Columbia: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Volkwein, J.F., Serban, A.M., Luan, J. (Eds.). (2002). Knowledge management: Building a competitive advantage in higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.