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Resources for Developing Degree or Certificate Assessment Plans

Guidelines, templates and examples can be found in your college or campus BOX folder.

LOA Graduate Degree Assessment Rubric Library

To support graduate degree assessment, the LOA has posted a library of sample rubrics for the assessment of research papers, oral presentations, candidacy exams, or dissertations. Faculty can find the library in their college or campus BOX folders. (Rubrics are coherent set of criteria for students’ work that includes descriptions of levels of performance quality for each performance element.)

Rubric examples in the LOA Rubric Library:

  • Masters Proposal and Project Rubrics
  • Qualifying Exam
  • Oral/Written Candidacy Exam Rubric
  • Comprehensive Exam Rubric
  • Research Paper
  • Proposal and Comprehensive Exam Rubric
  • Thesis Defense Rubric
  • Dissertation Defense Rubric
  • Teaching Evaluation Rubric

LOA Undergraduate Degree Assessment Rubric Library

To support undergraduate degree assessment, the LOA has posted a library of sample rubrics for the assessment of research papers, oral presentations, candidacy exams, or dissertations. Faculty can find the library in their college or campus BOX folders. (Rubrics are coherent set of criteria for students’ work that includes descriptions of levels of performance quality for each performance element.)

Rubric examples in the LOA Rubric Library:

  • VALUE Rubrics: critical thinking, inquiry and analysis, written and oral communication, teamwork
  • Liberal Arts research paper rubrics for Anthropology, Philosophy, History
  • Science experimental analysis of data
  • Science evaluation of models, equations, solutions and claims
  • Science design and conduct an experiment
  • Science multiple representations of information
  • Oral presentation rubric

General Rubrics

VALUE rubrics created by the American Association of Colleges and Universities

Organizations

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education

Recommended Publications

Gronlund, N.E. & Brookhart, S. (2009). Gronlund’s writing instructional objectives, 8th Edition. New York, New York: Pearson

Lovitts, B.E. & Wert, E.L. (2009). Developing quality dissertations in the humanities: A graduate student’s guide to achieving excellence. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus

Lovitts, B.E. & Wert, E.L. (2009). Developing quality dissertations in the sciences: A graduate student’s guide to achieving excellence. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus

Lovitts, B.E. & Wert, E.L. (2009). Developing quality dissertations in the social sciences: A graduate student’s guide to achieving excellence. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus

Suskie, L. (2009). Assessing student learning: A commonsense guide, 2nd Edition. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass

Walvoord, B.E. (2004). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions, departments, and general education. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass

Walvoord, B.E. & Anderson, V.J. (1998). Effective grading: A tool for learning and assessment in college. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass

Wiggins, G. & McTighe (2005). Understanding by design, 2nd Edition. Alexandria, Virginia: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.