Assessment is Up, Standardized Tests are Down

A new study from the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that 87% of colleges and universities are assessing student learning across the curriculum.  11% plan to do so.  The remaining 2%, well, may be in hot water with their accreditors.  85% reported having a common set of learning outcomes across all undergraduate programs, up from 78% in 2008.

An AAC&U official, Debra Humphreys, gave credit to the accreditors for this increase.

 If they had not been pushing, these numbers would not be like this.

On the other hand, fewer institutions are using standardized testing to assess learning in general education (down to 38% from 49% in 2008).  Instead, they are using rubrics to a greater extent (up from 77% to 91%), a recognition that faculty prefer to use assessments that they develop themselves.

More about the AAC&U study from this story on Inside Higher Ed.