Examples of Indirect Evidence of Student Learning

  • Course grades and grade distributions
  • Assignment grades, if not accompanied by a rubric or scoring criteria
  • Retention and graduation rates
  • For four-year programs, admission rates into graduate programs and graduation rates from those programs
  • For two-year programs, admission rates into four-year colleges and graduation rates from those programs
  • Scores on tests required for further study (such as Graduate Record Examinations) that evaluate skills learned over a lifetime
  • Quality and reputation of graduate and four-year programs into which alumni are accepted
  • Placement rates of graduates into appropriate career positions and starting salaries
  • Alumni perceptions of their career responsibilities and satisfaction
  • Student ratings of their knowledge and skills and reflections on what they have learned over the course of the program
  • Questions on end-of-course student evaluation forms that ask about the course rather than the instructor
  • Student, alumni, and employer satisfaction with learning, collected through surveys, exit interviews, or focus groups
  • Voluntary gifts from alumni and employers
  • Student participation rates in faculty research, publications, and conference presentations
  • Honors, awards, and scholarships earned by students and alumni

(Excerpted from Suskie, Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide (2nd edition; 2009). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.)