The Office of Assessment at Lesley University provides leadership and support to academic and non-academic programs/units in assessing their impact on student learning. We accomplish our mission through consultation with individuals and groups, providing technical assistance with the design and implementation of assessment initiatives, and facilitating the sharing of assessment work across the university.
We aim to be systemic, sustainable, and systematic. The primary purpose of assessment is the improvement of programs and services, while simultaneously attending to accountability through the support of program review and accreditation efforts.
These documents provide detail on the history, expectations, and processes of assessment at Lesley University. You can find them on the Assessment Sharepoint site. You'll Lesley credentials are required to access the documents.
Assessment at Lesley – A brief background and definition
Assessment Steps for Academic Programs – Six steps in the assessment process
Assessment Steps for Co-curricular Programs – Six steps adapted for co-curricular programs
Approved Statement on Use of Student Work for Assessment – For use by faculty
Rubric for Rating Progress in Assessment – For use by programs
American Association of Higher Education (AAHE) Principles of Good Practice in Assessing Student Learning
Resources for Learning Outcomes and Rubric Development
These documents provide guidance on developing student learning outcomes and rubrics. You can find them on this Assessment Sharepoint site. Your Lesley credentials are required to access the documents.
Example Verbs for Stating Student Learning Outcomes
Guidelines for Rubric Development and Establishing Inter-rater Reliability
Data Collection Resources
Surveys and focus groups are among the most common means of data collection to support assessment and program review efforts, so the following documentation offers basic support. You can find them on this Assessment Sharepoint site. Your Lesley credentials are required to access the documents.
Questions about Survey Questions
Guidelines for Focus Group Facilitators and Notetaker
Sample Informed Consent for Focus Group
Office of Institutional Research
The Institutional Research Office is responsible for institutional data analysis and reporting. Learn more about Institutional Research and discover selected data.
Periodic Program Review
Ongoing program assessment informs and enriches periodic program review efforts, as outlined in Program Review and Assessment. The Office of the Provost and the Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) agreed upon guidelines for program review, which appear in the Faculty Handbook.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Researchers from the Lesley community conducting research involving human subjects are required to submit an application for review by the IRB.