Assessment of Student Learning

Academic Assessment Plans

  • 2015-2017 Libraries’ Instruction Program Assessment Plan

Academic Assessment Reports

  • 2015-2016 Libraries’ Instruction Program Assessment Report

Examples of Assessment Activities
The Educational Initiatives Department is engaged in a number of assessment activities that are designed to support student learning in general education courses and to inform our instruction program. We partner with teaching faculty, administrators, and liaison librarians to design and implement assessment projects at the class session, course, and program levels; this most typically takes the form of examining student artifacts such as research papers, posters, presentations, portfolios, and classroom activities in order to identify and evaluate the research, inquiry, and critical thinking skills of our students. Faculty interested in collaborating on information literacy assessment projects should contact Melissa Bowles-Terry, Head of Educational Initiatives.

ENG 102 Annotated Bibliographies: Every summer, our department evaluates a random sample of annotated bibliographies produced by students enrolled in ENG 102 during the previous fall and spring semesters. This evaluation informs the learning outcomes and teaching activities of our ENG 102 library instruction program, which is a particular area of emphasis for our department. The rubric we use to evaluate student work was collaboratively developed with an ENG 102 graduate teaching assistant, and can be found here.

Evaluation of First Year Student Research Topics: We partnered with an ENG 102 graduate teaching assistant to develop a mixed-method study of first-year students’ research topics: a rubric to evaluate the scope and feasibility of student topics and a textual analysis to examine the types of subjects students most typically select for an argument-based research paper. The results of our study were published in College and Research Libraries:

Rinto, E., Bowles-Terry, M., & Santos, A. (2017). Assessing the Scope and Feasibility of First-Year Students’ Research Paper Topics. College & Research Libraries, 77(6). doi:

Assessment of Student Work from Milestone and Culminating Experiences: Assessment activities have also examined student work from upper division general education courses. Faculty participating in our Faculty Institute series submit samples of student work that are then collaboratively evaluated with rubrics in order to identify developmentally-appropriate information literacy, research, and inquiry skills in students beyond the first year. A full report of our methodology and findings from our assessment of Milestone experience student work can be found here.

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