Linda Suskie

 A Common Sense Appr​oach to Assessment in Higher Education

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If you're not teaching it, there's not much point in assessing it

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Curriculum maps—those charts that list a program’s key learning outcomes on one side and the program’s courses across the top—are everywhere these days. Why? One reason is that, if you’re teaching something, you’re probably grading students on it. And if you’re grading students on it, you’ve probably got assessment information already in hand, making the assessment job easier.


Another reason is that, if your students arenR...

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A response to Bob Shireman on "inane" SLOs

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 8:55 AM

You may have seen Bob Shireman's essay "SLO Madness" in the April 7 issue of Inside Higher Ed or his report, "The Real Value of What Students Do in College." I sent him the following response today:

I first ...

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Why are we doing curriculum maps?

Posted on February 23, 2019 at 5:55 AM

Curriculum maps have become trendy in the last few years. They’ve built into some commercial assessment management systems. But to some faculty they’re simply one more pointless chore to be completed. Why bother creating a curriculum map?

First, what is a curriculum map? It’s a simple chart identifying the key learning goals addressed in each of the curriculum’s key elements or learning activities. A curriculum map for an academic program identifies t...

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Who is your audience?

Posted on August 7, 2019 at 6:30 AM

In my July 9, 2019, blog post I encouraged using summertime to reflect on your assessment practices, starting with the question, “Why are we assessing?”

Here are the next questions on which I suggest you reflect:

  • Who are our audiences for the products we’re generating through our assessment processes?
  • What decisions are they making?
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