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The Association of American Universities Data Exchange

The Association of American Universities Data Exchange also known as AAUDE or the AAU Data Exchange was organized in January 1974 by the institutional research officers of a handful of public AAU universities with the support of their presidents. AAUDE is comprised of AAU institutions that want to participate in the exchange of data/information to support decision-making at their respective institutions. As of May 2007, all 62 AAU schools are full members of AAUDE. The primary purpose of AAUDE is the annual exchange of data/information agreed upon by institutional representatives. Additional purposes include: (a) sharing of results of special studies and inquiries conducted by representatives of member institutions on an optional and mutual interest basis; (b) continually enhancing efficiency in exchanging data and in communication among representatives.

California Association for Institutional Research

The California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) is dedicated to the fostering of unity and cooperation among persons having interests and activities related to institutional research and/or planning in California institutions of postsecondary education. CAIR provides a forum for the dissemination of information and interchange of ideas on problems of common interest in the field of institutional research.

Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State

The Pennsylvania State University’s Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) is one of the nation’s first research centers established specifically to study postsecondary education policy issues. For over 30 years, research teams composed of nationally recognized faculty, top graduate students, and effective professional staff has been devoted to examining the critical issues that influence the policies and practices of postsecondary institutions.

Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education

Founded in 1979, The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) is the pre-eminent force for promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs. CAS continues to create and deliver a dynamic and credible Book of Professional Standards and Guidelines and Self-Assessment Guides that are designed to lead to a host of quality-controlled programs and services. The ultimate purpose of CAS is to foster and enhance student learning, development, and achievement, and to promote good citizenship.

Educational Benchmarking Inc.

This commercial site provides assessments for colleges and universities in different areas such as housing, college unions, and First Year Experience. The site also has articles and other resources.

Higher Education Resource Hub

This page lists several resources, including websites for other institution’s assessment resources, books and articles, related to assessment efforts.

National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Established in 2008, the mission of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) is to discover and disseminate ways that academic programs and institutions can productively use assessment data internally to inform and strengthen undergraduate education, and externally to communicate with policy makers, families and other stakeholders.

NILOA assists institutions and others in discovering and adopting promising practices in the assessment of college student learning outcomes. Documenting what students learn, know and can do is of growing interest to colleges and universities, accrediting groups, higher education associations, foundations and others beyond campus, including students, their families, employers, and policy makers.

National Survey of Student Engagement

Through its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.