Core curriculum – A general education program that usually has a focus on interdisciplinary coursework.
Course certification – A process for approving courses for the general education program.
Course diary – A record of the syllabus, assignments, exams, topics, handouts, and student performance in a specific course.
Course-level assessment – Conducting assessment within a specific course to monitor and improve learning in this course.
Course recertification – A process for renewing approval of course for the general education program.
Criterion-referenced interpretation – Interpreting results by asking if each student satisfies the stated criterion (e.g., Is each student a competent writer?).
Curriculum map – See Alignment matrix.
Deep learning – Conceptual learning which makes knowledge personal and relevant to real-world applications.
DEEP project – The Documenting Effective Educational Practice (DEEP) project is focused on characteristics of campuses with higher than expected retention and student engagement.
Demographic characteristics – Individual characteristics, such as age and sex.
Depth of processing – Degree of command of what is learned, ranging from knowledge of facts to the ability to use information to solve problems, create new ideas, and evaluate relative merit.
Developmental assessment – Repeated assessment information on individual students is used to track, verify, and support student development.
Developmental portfolio – A portfolio designed to show student progress by comparing products from early and late stages of the student’s academic career.
Differences between ratings – An indicator of inter-rater reliability.
Digital portfolio – See Webfolio
Direct measure – Students demonstrate that they have achieved a learning outcome.
Distributed general education program – The general education program consists of a wide variety of options for each requirement.
Embedded assessment – Assessment activities occur in courses. Students generally are graded on this work, and some or all of it is also used to assess program learning outcomes.
Engagement – Active, rather than passive involvement.