New Paper Asks: What Should Assessment Cost?

Valuing Assessment: Cost-benefit Considerations, a new paper published by the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment with funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York, examines the “what should assessment cost” question. The authors systematically unpack what needs to be taken into account when allocating resources to the assessment of student learning outcomes.

Nearly every U.S. accredited college and university allocates resources to support assessment of student learning outcomes, satisfaction, and other measures of institutional effectiveness. But with only limited data about best practices in budgeting for assessment, colleges are left guessing how much they should spend on assessment to achieve the best return on their investment. So how can a campus know when enough spending is really enough?  Read the paper.