Assessment Resources

Use these tools and resources to assess civic learning.

The pressure to demonstrate authentic evidence of learning is growing at the institutional level and within accrediting agencies. Many disciplines have clearly articulated how civic learning relates to their discipline (e.g., social responsibility, altruism) while others are developing this evidence and these messages.

Either way, CSL staff are prepared to help you clearly articulate what it means for a graduate to be a civic-minded professional within your discipline; what knowledge, skills, and attitudes are necessary; and most important, how to assess student development of these capacities.

We will design a process that will meet the needs of your faculty or a team of faculty. Whether you need assistance at the beginning stages where we ask challenging questions and facilitate a conversation with faculty/staff, or you need help using the information you have to inform program design, or anywhere in between, we can help.

Our goal is to help you better understand how your program challenges students to think about how their education influences societal issues and their role within the democratic process.

Institutional Data

In addition to developing a customized assessment for students in your programs, the Office of Information Management and Institutional Research (IMIR) routinely surveys students on campus and includes items related to community engagement. You can see data and reports from these instruments, which include:

  • Entering Student Survey (draft), conducted periodically (e.g., every five years)
  • Continuing Student Satisfaction and Priorities Survey, conducted every two years, alternating with the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
  • Alumni Survey, conducted annually one year after graduation

Institutional Instruments

Additional instruments used to assess community engagement are available through other organizations: