Books on Assessment in Higher Education

This list was compiled by Gettysburg College Office of Institutional Analysis.


Astin, A. W. (1996). Assessment for excellence: The philosophy and practice of assessment and evaluation in higher education. Portland: Oryx and American Council on Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Banta, T. W. (Ed.). Assessment Update. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. (This is a periodical)

Banta, T. W., & Associates. (2002). Building a scholarship of assessment. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Banta, T. W., & Associates. (1995). Assessment in practice: Putting principles to work on college campuses. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Banta, T. W. (2004). The hallmarks of effective outcome assessment: Assessment Update Collections.

Banta, T. W., Jones, E. A., & Black, K. E. (2009). Desining effective assessment: Principles and profiles of good practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Boulmetis, J., & Dutwin, P. (2005). The ABCs of evaluation: Timeless techniques for program and project managers (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Brown, S. A., & Glasner, A. (Eds.). (1999). Assessment matters in higher education: Choosing and using diverse approaches. New York: Taylor & Francis.

Burke, J. (2004). Achieving accountability in higher education: Balancing public, academic, and market demands. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Council for the Advancement of Standards for Higher Education. (2003). The Book of Professional Standards for Higher Education. Association of College Unions International.

Erwin, T. D. (1991). Assessing student learning and development: A guide to the principles, goals, and methods of determining college outcomes. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Herman, J., Aschbacher, P., & Winters, L. (1992). A practical guide to alternative assessment. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Hernon, P., & Dugan, R. (2004). Outcomes assessment in higher education: Views and perspectives. Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited.

Middaugh. M. (2010). Planning and assessment in higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Miller, B. A. (2006). Assessing organizational performance in higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Maki, P. L. (2004). Assessing for learning: Building a sustainable commitment across the institution. Virginia: Stylus Publishing.

McMillan, J. (Ed.). (1988). Assessing students' learning. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, No.34. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Palomba, A., & Banta, T. W. (1999). Assessment essentials: Planning, implementing, and improving assessment in higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Pascarella, E. T., & Terenzini, P. T. (2005). How college affects students: A third decade of research. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Patton, M. Q. (1997). Utilization-focused evaluation: The new century text. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Schuh, J. H., & Upcraft, M. L. (2000). Assessment in practice: An application manual. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Sedlacek, W. E. (2004). Beyond the big test: Noncognitive assessment in higher education. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Suskie, L. (2009). Assessing student learning: A common sense guide. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Terenzini, P. T. (1989). Assessment with open eyes: Pitfalls in studying student outcomes. Journal of Higher Education, 60, 644-664.

Walvoord, B. E. (2004). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions, departments, and general education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Weber, E. (1999). Student assessment that works. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Classroom Assessment

Angelo, T. A., & Cross, K. P. (1993). Classroom assessment techniques: A handbook for college teachers (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Bresciani, M. J. (Ed.) (2007). Assessing student learning in general education: A compilation of good practice case studies. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Brookhart, S. M. (2000). The art and science of classroom assessment: The missing part of pedagogy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Cross, K. P., & Steadman, M. H. (1996). Classroom research: Implementing the scholarship of teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Huba, M. E., & Freed, J. E. (2000). Learner-centered assessment on college campuses: Shifting the focus from teaching to learning. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Walvoord, B. E. (2004). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions, departments, and general education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Walvoord, B. E., & Anderson, V. J. (2009). Effective grading: A tool for learning and assessment (2nd ed.) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Assessment in Student Affairs

Kuh, G. D., & Associates. (1994). Student learning outside the classroom. Washington, DC: ASHE.

Upcraft, M. L., & Schuh, J. H. (1996). Assessment in student affairs: A guide for practitioners. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Upcraft, M. L., & Schuh, J. H. (2001). Assessment in student affairs: An applications manual. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Assessing Campus Environments

Strange, C. C., & Banning, J. H. (2001). Education by design: Creating campus learning environments that work. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Designing and Conducting Surveys

Alreck, P.L., & Settle, R. B. (2004). The survey research handbook (3rd ed.). Boston: Mcgraw-Hill.

Bradburn, N. M., Sudman, S., & Wansink, B. (2006). Asking questions: The definitive guide to questionnaire design--For market research, political polls, and social and health questionnaires. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Rea, L. M., & Parker, R. A. (2005). Designing and conducting survey research (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Salant, P., & Dillman D. A. (1994). How to conduct your own survey. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley.

Sudman, S., Bradburn, N. M., & Schwarz, N. (2006). Thinking about answers: The application of cognitive processes to survey methodology. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Research Designs

Charles, C. M., & Mertler, C. A. (2002). Introduction to Educational Research (4th Ed.) Allyn & Bacon.

Creswell, J. W. (1994). Research design: Qualitative and quantitative approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Qualitative Assessment

Lawrence-Lightfoot, S., & Davis, J. H. (2002). The art and science of portraiture. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Patton, M. Q. (2002). Qualitative research and evaluation methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.