All manuscripts submitted to Research & Practice in Assessment should be related to various higher education assessment themes, and adopt either an assessment measurement or an assessment policy/foundations framework:

Assessment Measurement: a) instrument design, b) validity and reliability, c) advanced quantitative design, d) advanced qualitative design

Assessment Policy/Foundations: a) accreditation, b) best practices, c) social and cultural context, d) historical and philosophical context, e) political and economic context

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Studying Learning in the Worldwide Classroom: Research into edX’s First MOOC

Lori Breslow, David E. Pritchard, Jennifer DeBoer, Glenda S. Stump, Andrew D. Ho and Daniel T. Seaton

An Integrated Model of Influence: Use of Assessment Data in Higher Education

Jessica L. Jonson, Tim Guetterman, and Robert J. Thompson Jr.

Understanding and Addressing the Challenges of Assessing College Student Growth in Student Affairs

Nicholas A. Bowman

Assessment for Whom: Repositioning Higher Education Assessment as an Ethical and Value-Focused Social Practice

Andrew F. Wall, David Hursh, and Joseph W. Rodgers III





The goal of Research & Practice in Assessment is to serve the assessment community as an online journal focusing on higher education assessment.  It is dedicated to the advancement of scholarly discussion amongst researchers and practitioners in this evolving field.  The journal originated from the Board of the Virginia Assessment Group, one of the oldest continuing professional higher education assessment organizations in the United States.  Research & Practice in Assessment is a peer-reviewed publication that uses a double-blind review process.  Approximately forty percent of submissions are accepted for issues that are published twice annually.


  • Summer 2015 Issue Available

    The contributions presented in the Summer 2015 issue of Research & Practice in Assessment demonstrate an array of vantage points used to examine student learning and development. Each feature demonstrates a different approach, but all are focused on what students … Continue reading

  • New Members of Editorial Staff and Review Board

    RPA welcomes three new members to the Editorial Staff and Review Board, each serving a three year term ending November 2017. We thank these persons in advance for their service to the broader profession of higher education assessment. Seth Matthew Fishman (Review Board) … Continue reading