Institutional Research, Planning & Data Analytics

Assessment Toolkit





American Accounting Association


American Anthropological Association


Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)


American Chemical Society

Dietetics, Foods and Nutrition

American Dietetic Association


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)


National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE)

Health National Commission for Health Education Credentialing


American Historical Association


American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)


The Mathematical Association of America (MAA)


College Music Society


American Philosophical Society


American Physical Society (APS)

Political Science

The American Political Science Association (APSA)


American Psychological Association (APA)

Recreation Education

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (CTRS)

Social Work

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)


American Sociological Association (ASA)

Speech and Hearing Sciences

American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)



American Association for Higher Education and AccreditationGo to website image icon
Formerly AAHE, it is the oldest association in the United States dedicated to the advancement of higher education. 

Assessment Network of New York (ANNY) Go to website image icon
Network of  higher education professionals founded in 2010 to advance assessment.

Association for Institutional ResearchGo to website image icon
Organization dedicated to the profession of institutional research. AIR also publishes assessment materials and has an assessment track at their annual forum.

Association of American Colleges and UniversitiesGo to website image icon
AACU is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Their website contains an entire section on assessment.

Council for Higher Education AccreditationGo to website image icon
CHEA is the largest higher education membership organization the United States. CHEA is the primary national voice for voluntary accreditation and quality assurance to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Education.

Award for Institutional Progress in Student Learning OutcomesGo to website image icon
Each year the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) awards colleges and universities that have made Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes.

Education SectorGo to website image icon
Education Sector is an independent think tank whose mission is to promote changes in policy and practice that lead to improved student opportunities and outcomes.

Lumina Foundation for EducationGo to website image icon
The nation's largest foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing students' access to and success in postsecondary education.

Middle States Commission on Higher EducationGo to website image icon
A regional accreditor in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Middle States web site has numerous publications available for free download. A particularly useful publication is Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources (2nd Edition, 2007)

National Institute of Learning Outcomes AssessmentGo to website image icon
Founded in 2008, NILOA assists institutions and others in discovering and adopting promising practices in the assessment of college student learning outcomes.

New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and AccountabilityGo to website image icon
A coalition of associations, organizations, and individuals formed in 2009 to promote collective efforts to gather, report on, and use evidence of student learning in American undergraduate education.


National Tests

Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Go to website image icon – a standardized testing program used by colleges and universities throughout the nation. It is often used to help assess general education competencies.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Go to website image icon – a standardized test measuring verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and analytical writing skills. GRE subject tests in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology are designed to measure undergraduate achievement in these subject areas.

ETS Major Field TestsGo to website image iconcomprehensive undergraduate and MBA outcomes assessments offered by the Educational Testing Service designed to measure the critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in a major field of study. Students in undergraduate and MBA programs may take the Major Field Tests. The Major Field Tests cover the following fields of study: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Literature in English, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

ETS Proficiency Profile Go to website image icon – formerly the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP), the Proficiency Profile is a comprehensive test most often used to gauge general education competencies.