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Q. What assessment method should we use in our program?

A. There is no single "best" assessment method that will work for all programs and all learning outcomes. Programs should seek out direct assessment methods (methods that ask students to demonstrate achievement like a capstone project) instead of indirect methods (methods, like a survey, that ask students what they think they learned). It is our experience that direct assessment methods provide better evidence for implementing program improvements than indirect methods. Many programs have been successful using capstone projects (presentations, performances, theses, research papers, etc.), portfolios, course-embedded assessments (research papers, projects, etc.), internship or practicum evaluations, or use of professional jurors or evaluators.