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Assessment Clear and Simple: A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments, and General Education

The first edition of Assessment Clear and Simple quickly became the essential go-to guide for anyone who participates in the assessment process in higher education. With the increased pressure to perform assessment to demonstrate accountability, Assessment Clear and Simple is needed more than ever. This second edition of the classic resource offers a concise, step by step guide that helps make assessment simple, cost-efficient, and useful to an institution. It contains effective strategies for meeting the requirements of accreditation agencies, legislatures, review boards, and others, whilst emphasizing and showing how to move from data to actions that fortify student learning. This thoroughly revised and up to date edition includes many new or expanded features, including:

  • Illustrative examples drawn from the creator’s experience consulting with more than 350 institutions

  • A basic, no-frills assessment plan for departments and for general education

  • Tips on how to integrate portfolios and e-portfolios into the assessment process

  • Suggestions for the usage of rubrics and alternatives to rubrics, including doing assessment for multidisciplinary work

  • Clear instructions on how to construct a coherent institution-wide assessment system and give an explanation for it to accreditors

  • Ideas for assigning responsibility for general education assessment

  • Strategies for gathering information about departmental assessment whilst keeping the departmental workload manageable

  • Information on how to manage assessment in times of budgetary cutbacks

Praise for the Second Edition of Assessment Clear and Simple

“Walvoord’s approach to assessment is wonderfully straightforward; it is usually effective in facilitating faculty engagement in assessment. We’ve applied a lot of her methods to our campus assessment efforts with success. This book makes assessment both manageable and useful in improving and enhancing student learning.”—Martha L. A. Stassen, director of assessment, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and president, New England Educational Assessment Network (NEEAN)

“Walvoord’s work clearly presents the basics for getting started in assessment of student learning whilst honestly addressing the complexities of assessment when driven by faculty passion for student learning. This book is a valuable resource for the novice in addition to the developing experts who are leading their institutions in academic assessment.”—Bobbi Allen, faculty assessment director, Delta College

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