Assessment Tools & Methods

The main assessment tools for Homewood Student Affairs use the Campus Labs platform. Currently, we use the Baseline platform and the Engage platform (Hopkins Groups) extensively, and are gently rolling out the Outcomes platform to track co-curricular student learning. For access to Baseline, contact Assessment and Analysis. For access to Hopkins Groups, contact Student Leadership and Involvement.

Campus Labs Baseline

Baseline is the module for conducting surveys, creating rubrics, and conducting live quizzes. Baseline also provides assessment advice, training webinars, and other resources to help you design assessment projects for your program or department.


  • Administer surveys
  • Rubrics: A rubric is a scoring guide with criteria for evaluating students’ work in direct relation to one or more learning outcomes and a rating scale indicating differing levels of performance.
  • Student Response system: The Student Response System is a formative assessment tool that allows you to embed quick, direct measures of learning into lectures, workshops, trainings, and other learning experiences. With the Student Response System, you can create a short quiz that students respond to on their mobile device, tablet, or laptop. Results are viewable instantly, allowing you to get a climate reading on how well students are learning, make adjustments to the content or teaching style of your lesson right away, provide students with feedback on their understanding, and offer an engaging opening for conversation.

Focus Groups

Focus groups are an assessment method in which a small group of individuals is assembled together to gain feedback and insight into a particular product, program, service, concept, etc. In a focus group, questions are asked in an interactive setting in which participants are free to talk with other group members.

When to Use Focus Groups

Focus groups are best used when group discussion or interaction among people would bring out insights that would not be ascertained through individual interviews or survey items. Additionally, focus groups are useful when rich data is needed and there aren’t sufficient resources available to conduct individual interviews.