Assessment Resources

The following is a list of resources created to assist UWM faculty and staff with designing and implementing effective assessment plans for their programs.  If you have questions, or suggestions for resources that should be added to this list, please contact Adam Andrews at

Assessment Guides

A Guide to Program Assessment: Best Practices for Designing Effective Assessment Plans
A comprehensive handbook for both undergraduate and graduate program assessment at UWM.

QuickGuide: Undergraduate Assessment
A short overview of the most essential concepts for undergraduate program assessment.

QuickGuide:Graduate Assessment
A short overview of the most essential concepts for graduate program assessment.

Assessment in Canvas

Canvas has tools that can help departments streamline how they do assessment. Departments can set up program-level outcomes and rubrics that can be imported into individual courses.  Resulting data can be centrally downloaded from participating courses by a department administrator.

Canvas: Creating Outcomes at the Account Level for Program Assessment

Canvas: Using Department or Program level Rubrics in My Course

Using the OWC-B Rubric in Canvas


These examples of direct and indirect assessment tools and strategies are shared, with permission, from departments and programs at UWM.  They are accessible through Sharepoint, and require that users be logged in to view.


English Graduate Program Rubrics

Sustainable Peacebuilding Rubrics

Art History Capstone Rubric

Embedded Assessment Strategies

Industrial Engineering Assessment Report

Qualitative Assessment Strategies

Qualitative Assessment Strategies

Indirect Assessment Tools

English Department Exit Survey

School of Education Exit Survey

Art History Exit Survey

Templates, Handouts, and other Useful Documents

Undergraduate Assessment Plan Template

Graduate Assessment Plan Template

Action Plan Template

Tips for Using Weave

UWM Assessment Survey

UWM Assessment Survey Results 2019