SHRM Assurance of Learning Assessment


The Assessment

The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Assurance of Learning® Assessment for graduating HR students is the universal benchmark for students who are completing a bachelor’s or master’s HR or HR-related degree and who have little to no work experience in HR.   As part of SHRM’s broader academic initiative, the Assessment represents an important step along an HR professional’s career development path. It complements both formal classroom knowledge acquired through a degree program and experiential learning gained through internships. SHRM Assurance of Learning Assessment® Policies and Privacy Notice.


In 2006, SHRM created its Academic Initiative—an effort to set the agenda for the future of HR education, based on a multi-year, multi-method research study to define minimum standards for HR education at the undergraduate and graduate level. Part of the long-range strategy for the Academic Initiative was to develop an assurance of learning assessment for graduating HR students. SHRM commissioned the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in November 2009 to conduct a series of studies to inform the potential development of a new assessment for graduating HR students.

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What benefit do I get from the Assessment?

STUDENT BENEFITS: Shows employers the student has acquired the basic/essential knowledge required to be a successful HR professional.

UNIVERSITY BENEFITS: Helps universities meet the accrediting body’s assurance of learning requirements, by showing that the HR degree program teaches what it states it will teach. (Free Technical Manual available.)

EMPLOYER BENEFITS: Employers know that student applicants have taken an additional step to ensure that their degree adequately prepares them for their career in HR. (Free Employers Guide available).

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