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Banta, Trudy W., Ed. – Assessment Update, 2013
This issue of "Assessment Update" presents the following articles: (1) Student Interpretation of Selected Degree Qualifications Profile Outcomes; (2) Editor's Notes: Ingenuity: A New Super Skill, a New Assessment Challenge, a New National Conversation; (3) Applying Qualitative Techniques to Assessment in Student Affairs; (4) Developing…
Descriptors: Profiles, Qualifications, Academic Degrees, Outcomes of Education
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Pike, Gary R. – Assessment Update, 2009
Civic engagement has become an important element in the mission of many colleges and universities. O'Meara (2005) found that almost two-thirds of the chief academic officers responding to a survey reported that their institution had updated its mission or strategic planning documents to include statements about civic engagement. However, only…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Service Learning, National Surveys, Higher Education
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Doherty, Kathryn – Assessment Update, 2007
Towson University (TU) is in a period of growth in both students and facilities. To guide this growth, TU relies on its strategic plan, Towson 2010, to focus its strategic decisions through 2010. Release of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) data for 2005 coincided with a call for academic excellence and accelerated growth at Towson…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, College Students, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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Eck, Jim C.; Edge, Hoyt; Stephenson, Katherine – Assessment Update, 2007
Higher education research consistently finds that student attrition is caused by a lack of academic and social engagement. Many colleges and universities are now experimenting with living-learning communities in one form or another in order to enhance student-college fit. Rollins College, a selective comprehensive institution with a successful…
Descriptors: College Students, Social Integration, Data Analysis, Student Attrition
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Manning, Terri M. – Assessment Update, 2007
In the current climate of emphasis on outcomes assessment, colleges and universities are working diligently to create assessment processes for student learning outcomes, competence in general education, student satisfaction with services, and electronic tracking media to document evidence of competence in graduates. Benchmarking has become a…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Accreditation (Institutions), Benchmarking, General Education
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Dolinsky, Beverly; Matthews, Roberta S.; Greenfield, Gerald M.; Curtis-Tweed, Phyllis; Evenbeck, Scott E. – Assessment Update, 2007
Creating a climate of assessment is critical for fostering institutional change. This article discusses the authors' work in the Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year project, which has confirmed (across very different campuses) the centrality of assessment in the development and implementation of successful programs to strengthen…
Descriptors: Campuses, Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Higher Education
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Tutt, Betty R.; McCarthy, Sherry – Assessment Update, 2006
In "The Other Curriculum: Out-of-Class Experiences Associated with Student Learning and Personal Development," George Kuh (1995) cites numerous benefits associated with a college education, including gains in knowledge, autonomy, social maturation, and personal acceptance; modest gains in verbal and quantitative skills, cognitive…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Liberal Arts, Individual Development, Higher Education
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Pastors, Charles R. – Assessment Update, 2006
American higher education is being asked to do more with less at a time when more students with different backgrounds, experiences, and expectations are seeking the support they need to improve their personal, professional, and civic lives. Learning communities (LCs) support the success of diverse learners, and learning community literature argues…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement, Community Programs, Student Surveys
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McKitrick, Sean A. – Assessment Update, 2005
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredits more than half of the colleges of education in the United States. Several of its standards require teacher preparation programs to emphasize diversity in their curricula and to demonstrate that they are developing a professional environment wherein acceptance of varying…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Schools of Education, National Surveys, Accreditation (Institutions)
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Ouimet, Judith A.; Smallwood, Robert A. – Assessment Update, 2005
In an attempt to understand what was going on at the classroom level, the College Student Report was augmented to focus on specific classes. The survey draws on items from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) instrument and specific content items for courses were added. This article describes CLASSE, a two-component tool that compares…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Styles, Teacher Characteristics, Educational Practices