Additional Resources

The following resources provide more general information and links to additional resources related to higher education accountability and improvement.


Education Commission of the States: Postsecondary Accountability (ECS)
State-level accountability issues, focusing on performance funding models, indicators, and measurement

National Center for Public Policy and Higher Ed (NCPPHE)
Provides action-oriented analyses of pressing policy issues facing the states and the nation regarding opportunity and achievement in higher education-including two- and four-year, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit institutions.

State Higher Education Executive Officers: Accountability & Assessment (SHEEO)
Reports, projects and recommened readings related to higher education accountability and assessment

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education: Accountability (WICHE)
Provides publications, papers, and reports along with policy and data resources on accountability initiatives.The resources tab contains many additional links to higher education organizations.


American Association of University Professors: Resources on Accreditation (AAUP)
Provides views on accreditation processes, in particular the role that faculty play as well as links to other accreditation resources.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
Provides links to the higher education accreditating agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

U.S. Department of Education: Accreditation in the United States
Describes the structure of U.S. higher education accreditation and lists the agencies recognized by the federal government for national, regional and specialized accreditation


Alverno College: Learning Outcomes Studies
Focuses on conductiong research aimed at linking the outcomes of college to the curriculum, establishing the validity of assessment techniques and the assessment process, and demonstrating the link between college-learned abilities and alumnae performance in the world of work, personal life, service, and citizenship.

Association of American Colleges & Universities: Assessment
Initiatives, publications, meetings and institutes, and other assessment resources developed or maintained by AAC&U

American Council on Education - Accountability and Higher Education Outcomes (ACE)
Profiles major accountability and learning outcome initiatives occurring in the United States and abroad.

Educational Evaluation, Testing and Measurement

American Evaluation Association (AEA)
International professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation.

FairTest: University Testing
Provides information on standardized testing in higher education and includes resources focused on assessing student learning outcomes.

National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)
NCME encourages scholarly effort to advance the science of measurement in education and improve applications and practice

Higher Education Benchmarking Data

Data Quality Campaign (DQC)
Contains information on using and creating data systems, resources for policy-makers, and the resource library allows for searches by constituent or by area.

Southern Regional Education Board: Education Data (SREB)
Helping states stay up to date on the latest interstate comparisons and trends in education is a core service of SREB. The Education Data program collects, analyzes and shares demographic, economic, pre-K-12 and higher education data among SREB states.

Search Engines and Resource Compendia

Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Web Based Institutional Research Resources

ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation (ERIC)
Information resource on educational assessment, evaluation, and research methodology.

Search Engines and Resource Compendia (NC)
North Carolina State University-University Planning and Assessment Outcomes
Provides a comprehensive list of Internet resources for higher education outcomes assessment-sorts by various types and topics.

State Higher Education Executive Officers: Online Access to Resources (SHEEO)
Provides access to quality data and policy sources. Through a series of sourcebooks, it organizes and describes diverse resource materials, provides hotlinks to original materials, and allows users to search in different ways.