The USAF Academy Assessment Catalog has many
purposes. As a catalog of all course and program
assessment efforts, the document (1) allows for cross-flow
of assessment ideas between and among departments and
agencies; (2) identifies internal and external sources of
assessment data; (3) tracks the currency and frequency of
use of assessment methods; (4) identifies key decisions
based on assessment data; (5) provides judgments about the
utility of the assessment methods (low, moderate, or high)
by the users of the data; (6) links assessment tools to the
seven USAFA Educational Outcomes; and (7) identifies
knowledgeable points of contact within the departments and
agencies. The assessment tools in the catalog are
grouped by academic departments (the primary users of
assessment data for decision-making) and several service
agencies (both providers and users of assessment data).
Name for assessment technique or tool designated by the
department or agency submitting the entry.
Short description of the assessment technique or tool.
Hyperlinks provide sample instruments or additional
information on the technique or tool.
Categorizes data source as either internal or external to
the Air Force Academy. The internal or external data
source is further specified. Internal sources include
cadets, faculty, and visiting faculty. External
sources include alumni, Air Force members outside of the
Academy, and other.
Type of Instrument:
Categorizes and codes the type of assessment technique or
tool as listed below.
AA: Accrediting Agency Evaluation or
AR: Archived Records
BO: Behavioral Observation
CS: Commercial Survey or Questionnaire
CT: Commercial Test
ER: Evaluation or Review (other than AA)
GI: Group Interview
II: Individual Interview
LT: Local Test
LS: Local Survey or Questionnaire
Documents the most recent use of the technique or tool along
with the frequency of administration.
Summarizes how the assessment technique or tool is linked to
the decision-making process.
and agency chairs provide a utility rating of “low,”
“moderate,” or “high.”
refer to the seven “Educational Outcomes” listed below.
The “Outcomes” field links the assessment technique or tool
to the associated Educational Outcome(s).
Officers who possess breadth of integrated, fundamental
knowledge in the basic sciences, engineering, the
humanities, and social sciences, and depth of knowledge
in an area of concentration of their choice
Officers who are intellectually curious
3. Officers who can communicate effectively
4. Officers who can frame and
resolve ill-defined problems
5. Officers who can work effectively with others
6. Officers who are independent learners
7. Officers who can apply their knowledge and skills to
the unique tasks of the military profession