...and How to Avoid Them
Misstep 1. Doing assessment just so you can say you're doing assessment rather than doing purposeful and useful assessment to improve practice.
Misstep 2. Failing to connect assessment with practice rather than creating a culture that integrates and uses assessment as part of practice.
Misstep 3. Believing one workshop, paper, or presentation makes you an assessment expert rather than understanding that assessment requires training and expertise.
Misstep 4. Doing assessment by yourself or in isolation versus using the individual or departmental expertise and assistance that may be available to you on your campus.
Misstep 5: Rushing into conducting assessments rather then creating a thorough, well organized, assessment plan.
Misstep 6. Doing assessment that is disconnected from the goals of the program rather than linking assessment activities directly with the goals.
Misstep 7. Choosing the method before the purpose rather than letting the purpose guide the choice of method.
Misstep 8: Collecting "interesting" data versus collecting "useful" data.
Misstep 9: Reporting results ineffectively rather than targeting your information and reports to specific audiences and situations.
Misstep 10: Failing to evaluate an assessment project rather than taking time to assess the assessment and improve the entire process.
Download the NetResults series to learn more about each Misstep
Download Part I: Missteps in Assessment Building Blocks and How to Avoid Them
Download Part II: Missteps in Assessment Planning and How to Avoid Them
Download Part III: Missteps in Assessment Reporting and How to Avoid Them