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ACE Assessment Digest

ACE Assessment Digest (formerly ATL Assessment Digest) is a bite-sized monthly email intended to communicate news and resources to help undergraduate academic programs implement good assessment practices and leverage available resources.

ANNOUNCEMENT: In line with President Schulz’ 8/27/20 message, the ACE Assessment Digest will be on hold for AY 2020-21 to help reduce the number of emails received by faculty and leadership. In the meantime, we will continue to post assessment-related updates at

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Office of Assessment of Teaching & Learning
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February 2020
NSSE Resources for WSU Academic Programs
Disaggregated NSSE reports have been distributed to programs in which 10 or more certified senior majors responded to the 2019 National Survey of Student Engagement.

ATL, in collaboration with Institutional Research, works to disaggregate results by major for undergraduate academic degree programs and colleges, focusing on responses from seniors, to provide information about the student perspective to help continually improve the learning experience for students.

ATL's NSSE Toolkit includes resources that may be useful for interpreting and using NSSE as an indirect measure for program-level assessment, such as:
  • Guiding Questions for Interpreting NSSE
  • Using the NSSE Report Builder to Examine Discipline Specific Peer Comparisons
  • NSSE to Inform Program Decisions

  • As you examine your 2019 NSSE results, ATL is available to answer questions, and help programs interpret and use NSSE results.


    Get NSSE Results Used
    Because NSSE asks questions about specific experiences rather than satisfaction, results are often "actionable." Put NSSE results to good use with these tips from Linda Suskie.

    FYI: [CAPS] Assessment for UCORE
    Each semester, [CAPS] instructors submit a short [CAPS] Course Assessment Report for UCORE. For more information, see UCORE's [CAPS] Course Assessment page.
    ATL Assessment Digest is a bite-sized monthly email relating timely information about undergraduate assessment at WSU. To send feedback, tips, or to opt out, email

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    February 2020NSSE Toolkit, CAPS Assessment for UCORE
    January 2020Assessment in Activity Insight, NSSE for Academic Programs, Assessment Mini-grants
    November 20192019 Celebration of Assessment Excellence, WSU-wide Summary, Examples of Use
    October 2019Assessment Planning Resources, Making Assessment Worthwhile
    September 2019ATL's Assessment Reporting Process, Warm Syllabi
    April 2019Annual Report Drop-in Sessions, Warm Syllabus Workshop
    March 2019WSU Featured as Example of Assessment Practice, Setting Benchmarks & Standards
    February 2019NSSE and the Student Experience, WSU Qualtrics Summit
    January 2019Reporting Assessment in Faculty Annual Review, Improvement Culture, Sampling
    December 2018Course Evaluation Tips, Data Analysis Toolkit, Rubrics for Research Papers
    November 2018NWCCU Reaffirmation, Assignment Design Resources, Grading Tips
    April 20182018 Undergraduate Program Assessment Reporting
    March 2018Assignment Design Workshop, On-site Visit for WSU Accreditation
    February 2018Assessment Plan Resources