The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

artistically drawn notes on chalkboard about Self-Agency

During the Transforming Learning for the Third Century (TLTC) Initiative, the Provost's Office and CRLT worked with stakeholders across campus to identify five Engaged Learning Goals and related Assessment Tools. For each learning goal, there is also a White Paper that discusses context, strategies, and the benefits and drawbacks of each assessment tool. 

Below, we highlight the free assessment tools for each learning goal that are particularly well-suited for community-engaged initiatives. Each goal links to the complete list of related assessment tools.  We offer additional tools and resources for assessing student learning here.

We would be glad to work with you to incorporate any of these resources into your community-engaged efforts.


Students must develop an understanding of creative processes and understand their own capacity to create new works and ideas. They must understand that creativity is not a rare gift to the few, but a fundamental human trait that can be developed and expanded. 

Intercultural Engagement

Students must understand the role of values and culture in driving decisions. They must develop flexibility in working with others who have different values and experiences. 

Social/Civic Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning

Students should develop an understanding of the human, social, and environmental impacts of actions and develop ethical reasoning to make sustainable and responsible decisions for their community; they must develop the ability to recognize and accomodate the perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

Communication, Collaboration, and Teamwork

Students must have the ability to communicate with many audiences and to utilize varied formats and styles that will most effectively convey their messages. They must appreciate and leverage diverse contributions to a task and know how to cooperate with others towards common purposes.

Self-agency, and the Ability to Innovate and Take Risks

Students must know how to observe the opportunities and capacities of human communities, understand where new or existing ideas or systems could bring value within those communitiesc, and be able to act effectively in order to drive sustainable and positive change.

The following tools are relevant for all five goals: