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Hundley, Stephen P., Ed. – Assessment Update, 2018
This issue of "Assessment Update" presents the following articles: (1) Asking the Right Questions: Reflective Preparation for a Program Review (Corinne Renguette, Charles Feldhaus, and Elizabeth Wager; (2) The Neuroscience of Learning and Development: What Does That Mean for Assessment and Evaluation? (Marilee Bresciani Ludvik); (3)…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Assessment, Feedback (Response), Outcomes of Education
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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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Klemic, George G.; Lovero, Eveann – Assessment Update, 2011
The authors are members of the Department of Business Administration, one of seven undergraduate departments in the College of Business (COB) at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. As part of both the COB's assessment plan and the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of their regional accreditor, the authors assessed student learning…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Models, Higher Education, Evaluation
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Ebersole, Tara Eisenhauer – Assessment Update, 2009
It is critical to a successful assessment process that faculty play an active role in the development and administration of assessment programs. That process requires a good deal of consensus among faculty members. Once outcomes and an instrument have been decided on and data collected, the faculty must also agree on a course of action to improve…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Time Management, Program Effectiveness, Faculty
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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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Greville, Elizabeth C. – Assessment Update, 2009
Any assessment primer cautions that course grades are not ordinarily considered outcomes assessments. The rationale for excluding grades as an assessment mechanism uses the following logic: because grades measure a variety of learning outcomes and probably take into account factors like attendance that have nothing to do with evidence of learning,…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Grades (Scholastic), Grading, College Faculty
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Smith, Don Noel – Assessment Update, 2009
The assessment movement in higher education is now into its fourth decade. Although real and worthy progress is certainly evident to those who have been in the teaching profession at least that long, the changes remain largely superficial. Well-intentioned mandates have received respectful accommodation. At the institutional level, teachers have…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teaching (Occupation), Student Evaluation, Academic Freedom
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Mills, Shala; Bennett, Bryan; Crawford, C. B.; Gould, Lawrence – Assessment Update, 2009
A call to engagement at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) led to significant curricular and assessment changes in the university's Department of Political Science. The university unveiled the Year of the Department (YOTD) as "an ongoing strategic initiative for orchestrating change and aligning people, systems and culture at the basic unit…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Political Science, Methods, Teaching Methods
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Lewis, Kristi L.; Swerdzewski, Peter J. – Assessment Update, 2009
Many universities rely on a committee approach to assessment in which a group of faculty, staff, and administrators is tapped to provide guidance for assessment projects on behalf of various university programs or departments or the entire university. However, other organizational approaches to achieving strong programs of assessment are…
Descriptors: Guidance, Consultants, Models, Higher Education
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Bowers, Pam – Assessment Update, 2009
At Oklahoma State University (OSU), faculty have defined expectations for students' learning of knowledge, skills, and attitudes about diversity, and have implemented a process to assess students' achievement of the diversity learning goal. As was done for other general education learning goals such as written communication ability and critical…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Assignments, Student Evaluation, Thinking Skills
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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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Lencho, Mark W.; Longrie, Michael J.; Friedman, Stephen J. – Assessment Update, 2009
The current general education program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which was initiated in the mid-1990s, represents a much more prescriptive curriculum than the one prior to that time, when students were allowed to choose from a wide variety of courses. In 1999, three faculty members from the Department of Languages and Literatures…
Descriptors: General Education, Faculty, Higher Education, Evaluation
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Weinstein, Daniel A.; Schneller, Beverly – Assessment Update, 2009
The degree specification project is a simple, yet pragmatic process of crystallizing the "identity" of the degrees offered in each discipline. In other words, what should students expect to have in the way of skills, knowledge, and abilities once they complete a degree in a specific discipline? Faculty first articulate three to five…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, English Departments, Intellectual Disciplines, College Outcomes Assessment
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Haney, Richard; McClellan, Debralee – Assessment Update, 2009
Frederick Community College's assessment of student learning within student affairs has evolved as a result of the confluence of three transformative initiatives: (1) the institution's decision to shape itself into a learning college; (2) the revision of accreditation standards, placing increased emphasis on institutional assessment and assessment…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Community Colleges, Academic Advising, Evaluation
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Choban, Michael E.; Choban, Gary M.; Choban, David – Assessment Update, 2008
Why is the implementation of learning outcomes assessment in higher education proceeding so grudgingly? When assessment results are obtained, why are they so rarely integrated into the strategic planning process? These questions remain prominent in spite of over a decade of intensive effort on the part of educational accrediting agencies to…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Higher Education, Research Methodology, Standardized Tests
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