Outcomes Assessment and Northeastern University's Master of Sports Leadership Program
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Articles About Accreditation/Student Learning Outcomes
"Outcomes: Getting to the Core of Programmatic Education and Accreditation" (ASPA, Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors, June 2016)
"SLO Assessment: Where the Buck Stops (And Starts)" (WASC Senior College and University Commission)
A Board Member's Guide to Accreditation. (CHEA, 2016)
"Aligning Assessments for COSMA Accreditation" (Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, September 2015)
"The Current State of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment in U.S. Colleges and Universities" (NILOA, January 2014).
"Rethinking the Bottom Line for Internationalization: What are Students Learning?" (The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 11, 2013).
"The Little Assignment with the Big Impact: Reading, Writing, Critical Reflection, and Meaningful Discussion." (Faculty Focus, May 6, 2013).
"What are Institutions Spending on Assessment? Is it Worth the Cost?" (National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, August 2013).
Writing Student Learning Outcomes Handout
Addressing Assessment Fatigue: Or, C.A.V.E.: Colleagues Against Virtually Everything.
Association of American Colleges and Universities page on assessment:
Websites for Rubric Development:
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
http://www.schedulestar.com/ - used in management courses
Examples of measurement tools used by COSMA members (not an exhaustive list):
Academic work products – papers, presentations
Internship supervisor evaluation
Reflections on experiences (e.g., internship)
Learning Outcomes are statements that describe significant and essential learning that learners have achieved, and can reliably demonstrate at the end of the program. Learning Outcomes identify what the learner will know and be able to do – the essential and enduring knowledge, abilities (skills) and attitudes (values, dispositions) that constitute the integrated learning needed for employment or further education. The outcomes assessment approach to education means basing program and curriculum design, content, delivery and assessment on an analysis of the integrated knowledge, skills and values needed by both students and society. In this outcomes-based approach, the ability to demonstrate learning is the key point. Outcomes are achieved results or consequences of what was learned; i.e., evidence that learning took place. Learning outcomes are student-centered and describe what it is that the learner should learn.
An effective set of learning outcomes statements informs and guides both the instructor and the students:
For faculty, it informs: