Assessment Resources

NILO Model - Assessment Resources

Assessment resources encompass information or training provided to faculty and staff to help them understand, develop, implement, communicate, and use evidence of student learning.

  • General Education

  • General Education Periodic Review

  • Rubrics

  • Meetings

General Education

General Education Periodic Review

From CGEIP's Review Process Page

Annual Report

A general education course coordinator, with assistance from faculty who teach the course, will document and assess student learning based on the proposed general education plan. Documentation of an assessment/course review will be uploaded on a yearly basis. The annual report can be up to three pages. These annual reports will be useful in preparing the periodic review.  Course coordinators accumulate and review student learning per the course proposal (most courses proposed reporting results to their department at a minimum annually).

The annual report will include the following information:

  1. Time, date, and a list of faculty who participated in the course review
  2. Data (student work, scores, a common question, etc.) discussed; conclusions reached regarding the next steps for the course
  3. Items chosen by the faculty for action
  4. Follow-up plans and action regarding the course
  5. Recommendation for items that need action at higher levels than the department.

Periodic Review

The periodic review will take place every four years; however, course coordinators should follow their course review process as indicated in the original proposal. The Assessment Office has prepared a Periodic Review form for your use to simplify the process.

  1. Reflection on each of the Specific Learning Outcomes (SLOs) the course covers (250 words). The reflection should include the following information:
    1. Level of success meeting SLO
    2. Evidence used to assess
    3. How was the original proposal modified or refined?
    4. What items were chosen for action based on assessment? What actions did you take?
    5. Optional: Upload an assessment tool, assignment, or other material that was used to assess student learning of general goal and SLO.
  2. Summary on how general goals are met, based on the reflection of the SLOs (150 words)
  3. Syllabi for each instructor for the previous academic year (submitted online)
  4. Enrollment data (automatically populated through the Banner system)

Complete a Periodic Review Form


Public Affairs Rubric

The Public Affairs Rubric was designed to gauge student work on a continuum of public affairs understanding and application as it relates to the Missouri State University mission. The continuum is based on Bloom’s taxonomy and the related Depth of Knowledge levels. This rubric was originally designed for the MSU Quality Initiative Project (read more here). Curricular and co-curricular unit goals are aligned with the rubric on the Map of University Standards and Outcomes to Public Affairs Rubric document below.


The Association of American Colleges and Universities grants free access to 16 rubrics developed through the Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) program. These rubrics are categorized into three areas:  intellectual and practical skills, personal and social responsibility, and integrative and applied learning.


Clear, Simple, and USEFUL Assessment

The document below includes a description and agenda that can be used when leading a departmental or program assessment meeting as well as examples of short and effective departmental "Assessment  for Improvement" reports. 

Meetings On Student Learning Assessment

These documents can be used by faculty during meetings about the assessment of student learning within the department.

Five Tips for Writing Effective Learning Outcomes

Click below and use your Missouri State University login information to access resources for writing effective learning outcomes and a 20-minute video presentation by Linda Suskie, author of Assessing Student Learning:  A Commonsense Guide.  

Advising: First Generation Students

Click below to view the April 1, 2014 presentation on advising first generation students by Rachelle Darabi, Don Simpson, and Sarah Gray.

Assessing General Education

Click below to view a video of the October 2013 presentation by Charles Blaich and Kathy Wise from the Center of Inquiry.