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Assessment Literature Archive

Here you will find links to past assessment articles as well as the American Association of Higher Education Principles written in 1992 with a letter written by Pat Hutchings, Peter Ewell and Trudy Banta providing an overview of the development of AAHE's Principles and their continuing relevance today.

Warren, J. (1984). The blind alley of value added. AAHE Bulletin, 37(1), pp. 10-13.

Banta, T. & Pike, G. (2007). Revisiting the blind alley of value added. Assessment Update, (19)1.

Hammock, J. (1960). Criterion measures: Instruction vs. selection resarch. Unpublished manuscript.

US Department of Education. (1988, July 1). Secretary’s procedures and criteria for recognition of accrediting agencies , 53 Fed. Reg. 25088-25099 (proposed July 1, 1988) (to be codified at 34 CFR § 602-603).

Hutchings, P., Ewell, P., and Banta, T. (2012) AAHE principles of good practice: Aging nicely.

Other Principles of Assessment Resources

Banta, T. W., Jones, E. A., & Black, K. E. (2009) - Designing effective assessment: Principles and profiles of good practice.

New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability - Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education.

Braskamp, L.A, & Engberg, M.E. (2014). Guidelines for judging the effectiveness of assessing student learning. Loyola University Chicago: Chicago, IL.

Kinzie, J., Jankowski, N., & Provezis, S. (2014). Do good assessment practices measure up to the principles of assessment? Assessment Update, 26(3).

Petrisko, M.E. (2016). SLO assessment: Where the buck stops (and starts). WASC Senior College and University Commission.


Bassis, Michael. (2015, July). A primer on the transformation of higher education in America.

Measuring Quality in Higher Education

To advance the scholarship of assessment, the work must be sustained over time. NILOA will begin to build a foundation for assessment scholarship that can enable the field to mature and flourish in the years to come.”

Trudy Banta

Trudy W. Banta

Professor and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor
Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis