City Tech AIR Director Publishes Book on Enhancing Assessment in Higher Education

City Tech congratulates Dr. Tammie Cumming, director of the College’s Office of Assessment and Institutional Research, on the publication of her book, Enhancing Assessment in Higher Education​: Putting Psychometrics to Work, (Stylus Publishing), co-published with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), co-edited with M. David Miller, and Foreword by Michael J. Kolen.

Assessment and accountability are now inescapable features of the landscape of higher education, and ensuring that these assessments are psychometrically sound has become a high priority for accrediting agencies and, therefore, also for higher education institutions.

“My work with assessment of learning at City Tech has been inspired by the faculty commitment to quality assessments. They have worked hard to ensure the assessment process considers the important concepts of reliability, validity and fairness. It is very exciting—and rewarding—to have the opportunity to work with such talented faculty devoted to utilizing the data to improve student outcomes and help City Tech students reach their educational goals,” said Cumming.

Enhancing Assessment in Higher Education​ is guided by the core purpose of assessment—to provide faculty, administrators, and student affairs professionals with the information they need to increase student learning by making changes in policies, curricula, and other programs. It provides valuable tools and approaches for assessing student learning outcomes in higher education. The book is divided into three sections: overview, assessment in higher education, and case studies, and includes a glossary of key terms in the field.

Enhancing Assessment in Higher Education has already earned the endorsement of leaders in the assessment field:
“Good decision making at every level – classroom, program, institution – is advantaged by high quality, actionable data. The stellar cast of contributors to this timely volume offer a treasure trove of measurement principles, practices and applications that both assessment experts and those new to documenting student learning will find instructive and useful,” said George D. Kuh,
Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education Emeritus, Indiana University.

Enhancing Assessment in Higher Education is a unique collection that marries contextually situated treatments of higher education assessment with in-depth examinations of reliability and validity. Cumming and Miller have assembled a valuable resource for both assessment practice and graduate training,” said Alexander C. McCormick, Director, National Survey of Student Engagement, and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Enhancing Assessment in Higher Education is a valuable addition to assessment practitioners’ bookshelves, especially for those who want a deeper understanding of the vocabulary and methods for evaluating the validity and reliability of their assessments of student learning,” 
said Linda Suskie, Assessment and Accreditation Consultant.

Dr. Tammie Cumming is a leading international figure in educational assessment and has recently served as a U.S. delegate for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes task force. In addition, she holds an adjunct appointment at The City University of New York Graduate Center in Educational Psychology and at Hunter College in Educational Foundations and Counseling. Dr. Cumming earned her PhD in Applied Statistics and Psychometrics from The University of Iowa.

About AAC&U: AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, the organization now comprises nearly 1,400 member institutions – including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size. For more information, visit