Survey of Assessment Culture

The Survey of Assessment Culture is meant to spark dialogue into the state of assessment culture in America and to provide an empirical foundation on factors influencing assessment culture with the eventual goal of increasing institutional capacities to develop, maintain, or augment their culture of assessment. The Survey of Assessment Culture serves as a framework for initiating a dialogue into what a culture of assessment looks like, why it exists, and how it changes.  The Survey also highlights similarities and uniqueness between higher education faculty and administrators' perspectives on assessment.  Visit our Research page to see works published or presented using these data.

2016 Administrators Survey of Assessment Culture is Now Open!

A random sample of the U.S. directors of institutional research and assessment were invited to participate in the nation-wide study which will remain open until April 22, 2016.  Participants in this study will also have an opportunty to invite faculty to participate in the Faculty Survey of Assessment Culture, coming in 2016.  For more information, check back soon or click here.

New Student Affairs Survey of Assessment Culture Available!

Student Affairs experts from across the United States have contrinuted to pilot programs and development of a new instrument to examine cultures of assessment in student affairs.  More information, including a draft of the survey instrument, is available online or contact


Check out the latest research on Cultures of Assessment:

Fuller, M. B., Skidmore, S. T., Bustamante, R. M., Holzweiss, P. (2016). Empirically exploring cultures of assessment in higher education: Results from the Administrators’ Survey of Assessment Culture, Review of Higher Education, 39, 395-42.

Survey of Assessment Culture featured in Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education blog.