THE CHRONICLE: Does Assessment Make Colleges Better? Who Knows? “Has anyone looked into whether assessing student-learning outcomes over many years has made American colleges, or students, better in some way? Has anyone tried to compare institutions with different approaches to assessment? I am a historian so I am not familiar with the education research, but as best I can tell from a literature search and from asking people in the field the answer is ‘no.'” Sometimes I feel like I am trying to help jump through hoops instead of actually improve the quality of education. A good article to provoke discussion.