This page contains resources for understanding assessment, best practices in survey design and sampling,and a list of helpful articles.


  • Outcomes Assessment: Assessment is the systematic and ongoing collection, review, and use of information about educational programs, academic support services, and administrative operations. The assessment results are utilized by the faculty, staff, and administrators for continuous quality improvement of student learning and development, programs and services.
  • Learning Outcome Development Tool: Use the interactive "Objectives Builder" from Arizona State University to assist you in creating learning/program outcomes for your courses, programs, or events.


  • Request Help With A Survey: The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) is available to assist academic and administrative offices with all aspects of survey design, sample creation, survey administration, analysis of results, and creation of reports.
  • University Survey Calendar:  Before selecting a date to launch a survey, consult the University Survey Calendar to determine if any other surveys are already scheduled to be administered to the target population. Preventing overlap will help mitigate survey fatigue and will ensure the highest possible response rates across all surveys each semester.
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB): Some surveys require approval through the Institutional Review Board/Human Subjects Research Office. Please be sure to review the IRB requirements to determine if your survey needs IRB approval prior to launch.


The following articles are accessible to UofL faculty and staff for Copyright restrictions. Please click on the link to the articles below, and after the page loads click on the "PDF Full Text" link on the left navigation pane (where necessary).

General Assessment

Outcomes Assessment