Linda Suskie

 A Common Sense Appr​oach to Assessment in Higher Education

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Assessing high impact practices

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 8:20 AM

“High impact practices"—one of those buzzwords getting a lot of attention these days. What exactly are high impact practices (HIPs), and how should they be assessed?


HIPs are educational experiences that make a significant difference in student learning, persistence, and success. Research by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and the 

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Challenging students to do their best work

Posted on December 7, 2015 at 9:50 AM

I always look forward to the annual report of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), and this year is no different. While the report packs plenty of information into a few pages, I was especially intrigued by the section on motivating students to do their best work. NSSE has found that only 54% of first-year students and 61% of seniors were “highly challenged” to do their best.


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Why set targets for assessment results?

Posted on February 28, 2016 at 7:30 AM

In a recent ASSESS listserv, Jocelyn Shadforth asked for opinions on the value of setting targets for collective performance. She sees the value of clearly defining what constitutes acceptable performance and reporting the percentage of students who achieve that performance level. But she wondered about the merit of setting a target for what that proportion should be.


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What can an article on gun control tell us about creating good assessment reports?

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 10:05 AM

I was struck by Nicholas Kristof’s November 6 New York Times article, How to Reduce Shootings. No, I’m not talking here about the politics of the issue, and I’m not writing ...

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Getting NSSE (and other assessment) results used

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 10:55 AM

One of my treats this time of year is getting the latest annual report from the National Survey of Student Engagement. I’m an enormous fan of this survey. One reason is that it’s research-based: the questions are all about practices that research has shown help students learn and succeed. Another is that, because the questions mostly ask about specific experiences rather than satisfaction, the results are “actionable”: they make clear what institutions need to do to im...

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