blooms taxonomy and technology.pngAssessment Basics

All CSULB faculty are required to provide student learning outcomes and appropriate assessments of those outcomes for the courses they teach. The links provided below are intended to assist you with assessment basics.

What is the difference between formative and summative assessment
What is the difference between Learning Objectives vs. Learning Outcomes
How do I write MEASURABLE student learning outcomes?
How do I select measures for my student learning outcomes?
How do I know that my teaching strategies and assessments are aligned?
How can I use student assessment to demonstrate my teaching effectiveness?

CSULB Assessment Resources

There are three offices at CSULB designed to support faculty and the university assessment efforts. A description and link to each office website is provided below:

CSULB Institutional Research and Assessment Office
The mission of IR&A is to enhance University effectiveness with information and research to support academic planning, student success initiatives, program reviews and accreditation, and student perception of teaching. IR&A is also responsible for University compliance with mandated data requests from the California State University Office of the Chancellor, State and Federal governments. Numerous university data reports can be found at this site.

CSULB Program Review and Assessment Office
helps departments and academic programs ensure students graduate with highly valued degrees by:
  • Supporting the scholarship of learning on campus;
  • Assisting individuals working on learning objectives at the course level;
  • Providing feedback to departments and programs about methods for assessing student learning at the program level and ensuring alignment with GE and institutional-level outcomes as well as WSCUC Core Competencies;
  • Working with departments and programs to develop viable assessment plans;
  • Working with the offices of Student Assessment and Institutional Research to assist the university in its core commitment to assess student success;
  • Providing information about assessment activities such as conferences, websites, and e-learning opportunities.

CSULB Student Affairs Assessment Office
CSULB collects many different types of data about our students and use these findings to improve our practices. On the pages of this website, you will see highlights of what we consider to be important characteristics and learning outcomes of our student body. The diversity of our programming is great, but we work for common purposes: to enhance the learning and development of our students, and help them succeed in accomplishing their goals.