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Ten Suggestions for More Successful Assessment

  1. Start with important questions.
  2. Focus on things you can improve.
  3. Plan, but be flexible and willing to adapt as you learn.
  4. Start small.
  5. Build in success from the start.
  6. Get students, faculty, and others actively involved.
  7. Set limits on time and effort you’ll invest.
  8. Collaborate with others who share your concerns.
  9. Remember that assessment may be new to many of your students and colleagues.
  10. Enjoy experimentation and risk-taking, not just success.

From: Assessing Assessment: Successes, Failures, and the Future Dr. Peter Ewell National Center for Higher Education 2010 Assessment Institute Presentation