The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on sampling practices used to gather samples of student work for the purpose of ACE assessment.
ACE Governing Documents
Click here to see the sampling guidelines provided in the ACE Governance Documents.
Selecting a Sampling Strategy
The first consideration in selecting a sampling strategy is to choose between random sampling and representational sampling. Random sampling and representational sampling can both be used in all course types and sizes. The selection of a sampling strategy depends primarily upon focuses of the department/program’s assessment process. If a focus is yet to be determined, a random sample might be the best option. Instructors should view the certified ACE course proposal for the course they are teaching to ensure the selected sampling strategy is aligned with the certified proposal, and consult with their department. Generally, the purpose of ACE assessment is to evaluate and improve the ACE Program as a whole.
In order to facilitate the use of assessment data across multiple levels, it is important for an instructor to explain:
- what sampling strategy was used, and
- why that sampling strategy was selected.
In addition, instructors should view the certified ACE Course Proposal for the course they are teaching to ensure the selected sampling strategy is aligned with the certified ACE Course Proposal and consult with their department. This will facilitate the use of assessment data across multiple levels and will enhance the ability to use the data to evaluate and improve the ACE program as a whole.
Click here to see some Example Practices in ACE assessment and explanation of some assessment practices from approved ACE Course Proposals.