Assessment and Evaluation

Web Resources

AAC&U Global Learning VALUE Rubric (AAC&U): The Global Learning VALUE Rubric, one of 16 developed by teams of faculty experts representing colleges and universities across the United States, articulates fundamental criteria for global learning, with performance descriptors demonstrating progressively more sophisticated levels of attainment. The rubric is intended for institutional-level use in evaluating and discussing student learning, not for grading.

AIEA Issue Brief: International Education Self-Studies and External Reviews (.pdf) (AIEA): This issue brief provides guidance to Senior International Officers (SIOs) in preparing reviews of internationalization programs through a brief discussion of accreditation in the U.S. and subsequent discussions of self-studies and external reviews.

Assessing Assessment: Important New Research in Education Abroad (NAFSA, 2010):  An analysis of four recent research studies in the field that have gained attention for their insight into student learning transformation as a result of study abroad. Arguing for a “one size does not fit all” approach, the author wonders whether more focused studies might have as much of an impact as larger, multiyear projects.

Course-level Student Learning Assessment Matrix (AAC&U): Under AAC&U’s Shared Futures initiative, Caryn McTighe Musil and Ross Miller developed a matrix for planning and implementing student learning assessments into a course. Sample matrices and ideas to consider are also included with the blank matrix tool.

Four-Phase Global Education Continuum (AAC&U):  A rubric for global learning developed by Ann Kelleher, at Pacific Lutheran University, a participating institution in the Liberal Education and Global Citizenship project.

Global Learning Inventory Framework—A Smart Grid for Global Learning (AAC&U): The grid is designed to help campus leaders answer questions about the different dimensions of global learning and the pervasiveness of an institution’s attempts to integrate global learning as a part of the fundamental fabric of the institution.

IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research brings together the Institute’s in-house research expertise with leading minds from around the world to conduct and disseminate timely and relevant research and policy analysis in the field of international student and faculty mobility.

Internationalization Toolkit (ACE): This site is a collection of resources and good practice gathered from institutions during their internationalization review and strategic planning phases.

Measuring the Impact of Study Abroad (NAFSA, 2012)  Recent studies have begun to measure the learning outcomes and long-term impact of study abroad and other international learning experiences.  This resource lists currently available large scale studies that encompass multiple institutions.

Publications (Free)

Assessing Global Learning: Matching Good Intentions with Good Practice (AAC&U):  Monograph that identifies strategies for evaluating global learning outcomes. (pdf)

Measuring and Assessing Internationalization (NAFSA, 2012) This e-Publication by Madeleine F. Green discusses two distinct but complementary frameworks for evaluating the results of internationalization: the performance of institutions and student learning outcomes, and provides an overview of current frameworks in use in the field.

Publications for Purchase

A Guide to Outcomes Assessment in Education Abroad (Forum on Education Abroad, 2007):  provides  tools for implementing outcomes assessment of education abroad learning, including methodology, design, instruments, funding, and employing results.

Frontiers: The Interdisciplnary Journal of Education Abroad (Forum on Education Abroad): Frontiers publishes thought-provoking research articles, insightful essays, and concise book reviews that provides study abroad professional an intellectual charge, documents some of the best thinking and innovative programming in the field, creates an additional forum for dialogue among colleagues in international education, and ultimately enrich our perspectives and bring greater meaning to the work of education abroad. After one year of publication, all content is available as a free download.

Updated Open Doors CD-ROM: 1948-2008 (Institute of International Education, IIE): This brand-new CD-ROM includes every issue of the Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange published from 1948-2008. Each issue is presented in fully searchable PDF format. Open Doors is a comprehensive statistical portrait of international students and scholars in the United States, U.S. students studying abroad, and intensive English language program activity in the U.S.  IIE has gathered these statistics for over 60 years, and has published the findings as the Open Doors Report since 1954.


AAC&U Annual Meeting (AAC&U): This year was AAC&U’s Centennial Annual Meeting—“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—which will examined the multiple meanings of “global flourishing” for individuals and society. Click on Session Materials, under Resources, to find session PowerPoints, handouts, and other useful resources. AAC&U’s Annual Meeting is held each year in January.

Programs & Institutes

The Forum/BEVI Project (Forum on Education Abroad): A special collaboration between the Forum, the International Beliefs and Values Institute (IBAVI) and the Office of International Programs (OIP) at James Madison University, designed to assess processes and constructs including basic openness; receptivity to different cultures, religions, and social practices; the tendency to (or not to) stereotype in particular ways; self- and emotional awareness; and preferred strategies for making sense of why ‘other’ people and cultures  ‘do what they do.’

SAGE Project (Study Abroad for Global Engagement) (Forum on Education Abroad): is  a research project that will document the long-term impact of the study abroad experience by surveying and interviewing study abroad alumni.