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Flick, Arend – Assessment Update, 2009
This article presents the author's critique of R. Stephen RiCharde's argument in his essay on the humanities and interrater reliability in the July-August 2008 issue of "Assessment Update." RiCharde suggests that the humanities' historical commitment to a dialectical pedagogy, a "nonlinear" process that values disagreement and debate, is at odds…
Descriptors: Interrater Reliability, Humanities, Scoring Rubrics, Student Evaluation
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RiCharde, R. Stephen – Assessment Update, 2009
This article presents the author's response to Arend Flick. The author states that Flick is correct that the issue of rubrics is broader than interrater reliability, though it is the assessment practitioner's primary armament against what the author has heard dubbed "refried bean counting" (insinuating that assessment statistics are not just bean…
Descriptors: Interrater Reliability, Scoring Rubrics, Critical Thinking, Student Evaluation
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Griffin, Merilee – Assessment Update, 2009
In this article, the author discusses what rubric really is. A rubric is not a technical specification nor is it a checklist for ailing student performances in need of therapy. It is the finest description of what teachers think is important for their students right now, in the service of their learning. Most important, it is a statement of their…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Program Evaluation, Teaching (Occupation), Values
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Pike, Gary R. – Assessment Update, 2009
Over the last twenty years, colleges and universities have invested considerable effort and resources in programs that are designed to improve undergraduate learning and enhance student success. These programs range from first-year seminars and learning communities to service-learning programs and capstone courses. Given the costs associated with…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Participation, Colleges, Universities
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Hoyt, Jeff E. – Assessment Update, 2009
Griffith, Day, Scott, and Smallwood (1996) state, "Planning cannot survive without a budget, [and] neither planning nor budgeting can survive with integrity without assessment." If the integrity of planning and budgeting processes is affected by assessment, then this author argues that there are effective ways in which assessment can be…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Budgeting, Integrity, Evaluation
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Berdrow, Iris – Assessment Update, 2008
For several years, the author has coordinated the introductory business course for freshmen, GB101: World of Business, at Bentley College. Recently, another faculty member and the author redesigned the course based on assurance of learning principles. The redesign of GB101 did not change the basic description or goals of the course but did not…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Course Content, College Faculty, Business Administration Education
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Jorgensen, Marcus – Assessment Update, 2008
In the author's position as director of institutional effectiveness and currently as a department assessment chair, he relates that he has found it useful to use an analogy between flossing one's teeth and instituting assessment. There are more similarities between flossing and assessment than one might imagine. In this article, the author…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Institutional Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Logical Thinking
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Allen, Jo – Assessment Update, 2007
In this article, the author discusses how educators can set the context of assessment conversations by looking at "well-lighted sites" for valuable, though certainly introductory, explorations that can set the stage for the more probing and more complex assessment work to come. The author suggests that in initial assessment conversations, it may…
Descriptors: Position Papers, Higher Education, Accountability, Outcomes of Education
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Stenzel, Eileen J. – Assessment Update, 2005
Counselor educators and students share an ethical accountability for the quality of service that these students will one day provide to their client populations. In this article, the author discusses how assessment can be understood as part of the contract educators make not only with their students, but also with the individuals they will…
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Counseling, Counselor Educators, Undergraduate Study
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Swing, Randy L. – Assessment Update, 2004
Summative measures of learning collected at the conclusion of an associate or bachelor's degree program are insufficient to help educators and students maximize learning and personal development across the college years. Managing the desired outcomes of college requires an understanding of when learning and growth occur during the educational…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Program Effectiveness, Researchers, Student Evaluation
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Ewell, Peter T. – Assessment Update, 2004
One of the most ambitious and intriguing developments in higher education in the world today is the so-called Bologna process in Europe. An initiative of the European Union, this process began in June 1999 when twenty-nine ministers in charge of higher education met to begin creating a European higher education area within which the comparability…
Descriptors: Credentials, Higher Education, Quality Control, Foreign Countries