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Assessment Bibliography

Assessment Bibliography 

The Office of Assessment has compiled a list of books, articles, and websites dedicated to assessment. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned practitioner, browse through this list, organized by topic, to learn more about assessment. Scroll through the list or click on the topic that most interests you!

Many of the links below are provided through the Hunter College Library. For Hunter faculty, staff, and students, you can log on with your Net ID and password in order to access the library's subscription. For those from other institutions, check with your local library. 

Assessment Basics - Capstones - Closing the Loop - Course Assessment and Design - Focus Groups - Formative Assessment - General Assessment - Integrative Assessment - Learning Outcomes - Miscellaneous - Online Assessment - Portfolios - Program Assessment - Rubrics - Self and Peer Assessment - Student Affairs Assessment 


Assessment Basics

Chickering, A.W. & Gamson, Z. F. (1987). Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate EducationAAHE Bulletin.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (2007). Student Learning Assessment Handbook: Options and Resources. 

William, D. (2011). What is assessment for learning?Studies in Educational Evaluation, 37(1), 3-14.


Berheide, C. W. (2007). Doing less work, collecting better data: Using capstone courses to assess learning. Peer Review9(2), 27–30. 

Sum, P. E. & Light, S. A. (2010). Assessing student learning outcomes and documenting success through a capstone coursePS: Political Science and Politics, 43(3), 523-531.

Closing the Loop

Banta, T. W., & Blaich, C. (2011). Closing the assessment loopChange: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 43(1), 22-27.

Course Assessment and Design

Diamond, R. M. (2008). Designing and Assessing Courses and Curricula: A Practical Guide (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Available at the Hunter College Library.

Fink, L. D. (2003). Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Available in the Hunter College Library.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst. (2001). Course-Based Review and Assessment: Methods for Understanding Student Learning.

Wehlburg, C. M. (2006). Meaningful Course Revision: Enhancing Academic Engagement Using Student Learning Data. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Available in the Hunter College Library.

Focus Groups

Lederman, L. C. (1990). Assessing educational effectiveness: The focus group interview as a technique for data collection?Communication Education, 39(2), 117.

Formative Assessment

Angelo, T. A., & Cross, K. P. (1993). Classroom Assessment Techniques (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Available at the Hunter College Library.

Barkely, E. K., Cross, P., & Major, C. H. (2004). Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Available online through the Hunter College Library.

Cauley, K. M., & McMillan, J. H. (2010). Formative assessment techniques to support student motivation and achievement. The Clearing House, 83(1), 1-6. 

Gareis, C. R., & Grant, L. W. (2015). Teacher-Made Assessments: How to Connect Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Learning (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge. Available in the Hunter College Library.

General Assessment

Astin, A. W. (1993). Assessment for Excellence: The Philosophy and Practice of Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. Phoenix: Oryx Press. Available at the Hunter College Library.

Banta, T. W. (2002). Building a Scholarship of Assessment. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Available in the Hunter College Library.

Banta, T. W., Lund, P. P., Black K. E., & Oblander, F. W. (1996). Assessment in Practice: Putting Principles to Work on College Campuses. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Available in the Hunter College Library.

Bloxham, S., & Boyd, P. (2007). Developing Effective Assessment in Higher Education. New York: McGraw Hill/Open University Press. Available in the Hunter College Library.

Palomba, C. A., & Banta, T. W. (Eds.). (2001). Assessing Student Competence in Accredited Disciplines. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing. Available in the Hunter College Library.

Well, A. F., Hursh, D., & Rodgers, J. W. (2014). Assessment for whom? Repositioning higher education assessment as an ethical and value-focused social practice. Research & Practice in Assessment. 9, 5-17.

Integrative Assessment

Crisp, G. T. (2010). Integrative Assessment: Reframing assessment practice for current and future learningAssessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 37(1), 33-43. 

Fink, L. D. (2003). Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Available in the Hunter College Library.

Learning Outcomes

Texas Tech University. Writing and assessing course-level student learning outcomes


Assessment Organizations

American Association for Higher Education and Accreditation - One of the oldest associations in the United States dedicated to the enhancement of higher education.

Assessment Commons - Extremely comprehensive list of assessment resources, grouped by topic.

Assessment Network of New York (ANNY) - Network dedicated to advancing the quality assessment of institutional effectiveness in New York State.

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) - Leading national association committed to extending quality liberal education. Through their LEAP initiative, the AAC&U have created 16 Value Rubrics on learning outcomes such as critical thinking, problem solving, information literacy, and ethical reasoning.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) - Accredits degree-granting colleges and universities while defining, maintaining, and promoting educational excellence across institutions.

National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) - Assists institutions in discovering and adopting promising practices in the assessment of college student learning outcomes.

Blogs, journals, websites we recommend following or subscribing to

Assessment Update - Bimonthly newsletter covering the latest developments in areas of higher education assessment.

Faculty Focus - Free e-newsletter and website publishing articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom.

iRubric - Free online rubric development and sharing tool.

Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation - Online journal providing access to articles on assessment, research, evaluation, and teaching.

Research & Practice in Assessment - Online journal focusing on higher education assessment.

Online Assessment

Palloff, M. R., & Pratt, K. (2009). Assessing the Online Learner: Resources and Strategies for Faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Available in the Hunter College Library.


Cambridge, D. (2010). E-Portfolios for Lifelong Learning and Assessment. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Available online through the Hunter College Library.

Larkin, M., & Robertson, R. (2013). Complex Moving Parts: Assessment Systems and Electronic Portfolios. International Journal of ePortfolio, 2(1), 21–37.

McDonald, B. (2012). Portfolio assessment: Direct from the classroomAssessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 37(3). 335-347.

Rickards, W., Diez, M., Ehley, L., Guilbault, L., Loacker, G., Hart, J., & Smith, P. (2008). Learning, Reflection, and Electronic Portfolios: Stepping Toward an Assessment Practice. The Journal of General Education, 57(1), 31-50. 

Suskie, L. (2008). Considering a portfolio to assess student learning in your program? Questions to ask yourself before you decide. Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Yu, T. (2011). E-portfolio, a valuable job search tool for college studentsCampus-Wide Information Systems, 29(1), 70–76.

Program Assessment

Higher Education Council of Ontario. Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Practitioner’s Handbook. 

Texas Tech University. (2013). Assessing Student Learning in Degree Programs

University of Massachusetts Amherst. (2001). Program-based review and assessment: Tools and techniques for program improvement.


Tierny, R. & Simon, M. (2004). What’s still wrong with rubrics: Focusing on the consistency of performance criteria across scale levels.Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 9(20).

Self and Peer Assessment

Dochy, F., Segers, M., & Sluijsmans. (1998). The use of self-, peer and co-assessment in higher education: A reviewStudies in Higher Education, 24(3), 331-350.

Ross, J. A. (2006). The reliability, validity, and utility of self-assessmentPractical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 11(10).

Student Affairs Assessment

Bresciani, M. J., Gardner, M. M., & Hickmott, J. (2010). Demonstrating student success: A Practical Guide to Outcomes-Based Assessment of Learning and Development in Student Affairs. VA: Stylus. Available online through the Hunter College Library

Brookhart, S.M. (2008). How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Available in the Hunter College Library. 


Are you interested in a specific topic that is not covered in the list above? Have you recently read an article or stumbled upon a book that you found to be particularly useful and informative? Contact the office at Let's keep adding to this list, together! 

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