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Hundley, Stephen P., Ed. – Assessment Update, 2017
This issue of "Assessment Update" presents the following articles: (1) Using National Benchmarking Data to Improve Student Learning in Chemistry at Lebanon Valley College (Marc A. Harris); (2) Mutually Dependent Outcomes: Using Assessment to Improve First-Year Retention and Student Learning (Alan Bearman and Elaine Lewis); (3) Emergent…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science
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Banta, Trudy W., Ed. – Assessment Update, 2014
This issue of "Assessment Update" presents the following articles: (1) Effective Leadership Assessment: A 360-Degree Process; (2) Editor's Notes: Accentuating the Positive in Our Work; (3) The Broadcast Education Association's Model Rubrics Project: Building Consensus One Rubric at a Time; (4) Building a Better…
Descriptors: Leadership, Professional Associations, Journalism Education, Scoring Rubrics
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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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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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Pike, Gary R. – Assessment Update, 2005
The popularity of first-year experience programs, freshman interest groups, and freshman seminars is evidence of a growing interest on the part of administrators and faculty in what happens to students during the first year of college. Theory and research indicate that students' experiences during the first year can set the tone for the remainder…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Interest Inventories, Program Effectiveness, Profiles
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Keup, Jennifer R. – Assessment Update, 2004
In order to ease the academic and social transition, to forge a solid foundation for the rest of the academic career, and to increase the likelihood that students will persist through the second year and beyond, curricula and cocurricular programs are designed to meet the needs of first-year students and facilitate learning and development.…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Institutional Research, Research Projects, Program Effectiveness
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Barefoot, Betsy – Assessment Update, 2004
Over the past twenty years, the attention that colleges and universities have paid to students' first year experience has grown exponentially. The reasons for this phenomenon include changes in demographic characteristics of the students themselves, concerns about the high dropout rate that peaks between the first and second year, and recognition…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Dropout Rate, Pilot Projects, Program Effectiveness
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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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Hayek, John; Kuh, George – Assessment Update, 2004
While most institutions know how many of their faculty members have terminal degrees and the number of books in the library, too few have reliable information about the frequency with which first-year students discuss ideas with faculty members outside class, how much time they spend on academic activities, or how often they interact with students…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Participation, Evaluation Methods, Student School Relationship
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Hegler, Kay Loomis – Assessment Update, 2004
College and university personnel have reported that learning communities increase retention and student learning. Maureen Franklin, vice president for academic affairs, realized the value that learning communities could have in academic life at Doane College (Crete, Nebraska), and in April 2003, she provided funds for two faculty members and one…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Community Involvement, Faculty, Academic Achievement
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White, Robert W.; Gronfein, William P. – Assessment Update, 2004
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), located in a large metropolitan area, enrolls more than 29,000 students. Many of these students are the first in their families to go to college, commute to the campus for their classes, and have significant commitments--to work, spouses, children--that may interfere with their studies.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Academic Achievement, Metropolitan Areas, Sociology
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Hopgood, Debra C. – Assessment Update, 2004
In fall 2000, Eastern Illinois University implemented an electronic writing portfolio (EWP) to assess students' writing skills. Students who were freshmen in fall 2000 and transfer students enrolling under the fall 2000 catalogue or subsequent catalogues must submit materials to the EWP. The EWP submissions come from each academic level as…
Descriptors: General Education, Writing Skills, Transfer Students, Faculty
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Pike, Gary R. – Assessment Update, 2004
Mississippi State University is participating in a pilot test of the Beginning College Student Survey (BCSS), the newest addition to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The BCSS is designed to provide information about students' experiences in high school and expectations for college and parallels NSSE's premier survey of college…
Descriptors: College Students, Institutional Research, Student Surveys, Student Experience