Middle States Commission on Higher Education







Publications

Guidelines for Institutional Improvement

Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness: Understanding Middle States Expectations
This brochure clarifies Middle States expectations regarding Standard 7: Institutional Assessment and Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning in Characteristics of Excellence. It supersedes Chapter 4 in Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources. (2005, 8 pgs).

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Developing Research & Communication Skills: Guidelines for Information Literacy in the Curriculum
(2003, 118 pgs). The handbook is available for download. Print editions are no longer available.

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Developing Research & Communication Skills: Guidelines for Information Literacy in the Curriculum
Executive summary of the handbook (2003, 8 pages).

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Distance Education: Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education (Online Learning)
This 2011 publication replaces the Commission's 2002 document, Distance Learning: Interregional Guidelines for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs. The new Guidelines were developed by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) and have been endorsed by all seven regional accrediting organizations in the U.S.

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Evaluating Institutional Student Learning Assessment Processes
A rubric to help you analyze your institutional processes.

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Examples of Evidence of Student Learning
Helpful guidelines for measuring student learning prepared by former MSCHE Vice President Linda Suskie.

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General Education Competency Grid
This easy to use grid will help you plan an assessment of students' competencies in General Education disciplines.

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Governing Boards: Understanding the Expectations of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
This booklet, first published in 2010, describes the responsibilities of governing boards, the importance of board autonomy, the board's role in institutional governance, what the Commission and its representatives might look for in governing board documentation, and more.

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How to Achieve Deep, Lasting Learning
A summary of research and a brief bibliography prepared by former MSCHE Vice President Linda Suskie.

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Information on Assessment Models and Best Practices
Resources to help you identify effective assessment models, prepared by former MSCHE Vice President Linda Suskie (updated October 2011).

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Online Index of Assessment Resources Throughout the U.S.
This comprehensive website from the North Carolina State University Office of University Planning and Analysis lists and contains hyperlinks to assessment resources throughout the United States, including general resources, assessment handbooks, guidelines on assessment of specific skills or content, individual institutions' assessment-related web pages, and more. View at http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/UPA/assmt/resource.htm.




Regional Accreditation and Student Learning: Principles of Good Practice
Principles for Good Practice, Prepared by the Council for Regional Accrediting Commissions

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Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources (2nd Edition, 2007)
The handbook is available for download. Print editions are no longer available.

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Suggested Readings on Assessing Institutional Effectiveness
A bibliography, prepared by former MSCHE Vice President Linda Suskie.

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Suggested Readings on Assessing Student Learning
A bibliography, prepared by former MSCHE Vice President Linda Suskie.

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Suggested Readings on Assessing Student Learning in General Education Curricula
A bibliography, prepared by former MSCHE Vice President Linda Suskie.

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Suggested Readings on Encouraging Faculty Engagement in Assessment
A bibliography, prepared by former MSCHE Vice President Linda Suskie.

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Suggested Readings on Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning
A bibliography, prepared by former MSCHE Vice President Linda Suskie.

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The Role of Published Tests and Assessments in Higher Education
A brief paper by former MSCHE Vice President Linda Suskie on how to use published tests and assessments to supplement locally developed tests, rubrics, and surveys.

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What is Information Literacy?
Brief definitions.

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