Assessment Resources

This page contains links to resources to aid in assessment of Student Learning Outcomes at the post secondary level.

Curriculum Change Review Submission Workshop

Action Words for Bloom’s Taxonomy

Adelman (2015) and Stanny (2016) provide collections of verbs that help writers create learning outcomes that describe measurable skills. The progression of thinking skills described in Bloom’s taxonomy creates a useful framework that can help faculty write student learning outcomes for assignments, courses, and programs that capture the level expertise we expect students to attain when they complete undergraduate courses/programs compared to graduate courses/programs. However, the level of expertise described in an SLO depends on both the level of Bloom’s taxonomy associated with the verb selected and the intellectual demands posed by the disciplinary content described.

Action Words for Blooms Taxonomy

A one-page handout based on Table 1 from Stanny, C. J. (2016). Revaluating Bloom’s Taxonomy: What Measurable Verbs Can and Cannot Say about Student Learning, Education Sciences, 6 (4), 37. Used under CC-BY. Link to HTML version of article on publisher’s web site:

Blooms Taxonomy pyramid revised
Bloom's Taxonomy (revised)

Writing and Assessing Student Learning Using Bloom's Taxonomy

Assessment Processes

Example of a 7-year Assessment Plan

Each undergraduate program, graduate program, certificate program, and stand-alone minor should create a plan to ensure that every program-level student learning outcome is examined through a full multi-year cycle of assessment at least once during the time period covered by a 7-year program review.

A full cycle of assessment includes the following elements.
(1) Collect assessment data based on direct measures (initial observations).
(2) Reflect on findings, document decisions made (to modify assessment process, redesign courses or curriculum, or adopt new teaching and learning strategies).
(3) Implement actions based on these decisions.
(4) Collect follow-up assessment to document the impact of changes implemented or the stability of previous assessment findings.

Steps 1 and 2 are often conducted in the same year.

Assessment plans should be updated yearly to reflect year-by-year modifications. For example, assessment work on an SLO might require more time than expected. Alternatively, unexpected activities might delay the start of a cycle of assessment on an SLO. All modifications should ensure that all SLOs undergo a full assessment cycle within the 7-year planning period.

The following sample assessment plan for a hypothetical program describes full cycles of assessment for a program with 5 SLOs (one in each domain required for an undergraduate or graduate program).

Curriculum Map Guidelines

Assessment Resources in Higher Education

Professional Organizations for Assessment

Updated: 05/24/16  gb