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Assessment in Graduate Programs

Read “Measurement of ‘Learning Outcomes’ Comes to Graduate School.

Examples of Learning Outcomes

From BYU (Searchable by field of study):

From Kansas State University:

From the University of Georgia: An actual SACS report. Scroll down to Table 2 for links to specific programs.


From the University of Delaware:

From the University of Kentucky: Scroll down to Graduate Program Forms for examples of rubrics.

From Purdue (found at Univ. Idaho):


Portfolio. National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. Available at:

General Resources*

Banta, T. W., Jones, E. A., & Black, K. E. (2009). Designing effective assessment. Principles and profiles of good practice. San Francisco: John Willey & Sons.

Chapter 13 reviews the use of reflective portfolios, dissertation rubrics, capstone projects, and professionalism rating scales.

Funk, K., & Klomparens, K. L. (2006). Using the assessment process to improve doctoral programs. In P. L. Maki & N. A. Borkowski (Eds.), The assessment of doctoral education. Emerging criteria and new models for improving outcomes. (pp. 145-162). Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Describes how to use program goals to design measurable learning outcomes. Includes examples of direct and indirect assessment methods and suggestions for using assessment results to enhance learning in the program.

Maki, P. L., & Borkowski, N. A. (Eds.). (2006). The assessment of doctoral education: Emerging criteria and new models for improving outcomes. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Focuses on formation assessment.

Reforming ethics and humanities teaching in medical education: Fulfilling our future accreditation goals on professionalism. (2012). Papers presented at The Project to Rebalance & Integrate Medical Education Conference. University of Lousiville, KY. Available at

A series of presentations, available on i-tunes, related to assessment and evaluation in medical education.

*Available at the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center

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