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Banta, Trudy W., Ed. – Assessment Update, 2013
This issue of "Assessment Update" presents the following articles: (1) "Just Right" Outcomes Assessment: A Fable for Higher Education (Catherine M. Wehlburg); (2) Editor's Notes: Helping Faculty Members Learn (Linda Suskie); (3) Focus on the Bottom-Line: Assessing Business Writing (Michael Cherry and George Klemic); (4)…
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Student Evaluation, Benchmarking, Technical Writing
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Gustafson, Marianne; Bochner, Joseph – Assessment Update, 2009
The purpose of this article is to describe a procedure that has been used successfully to evaluate the critical thinking (CT) abilities of a population of undergraduates having limited proficiency in the English language. The results of this study demonstrate that it is possible to obtain reliable evaluations of CT skills in undergraduates who…
Descriptors: Technical Institutes, Holistic Evaluation, Language of Instruction, Deafness
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Orzoff, Jordan H.; Peinovich, Paula E.; Riedel, Eric – Assessment Update, 2008
Graduate education is an increasingly diverse segment of higher education. The master's degree is replacing the baccalaureate as the new standard for adult learners, and professional doctorates all signal an expanding domain. Graduate programs are not exempt from requirements for assessment of outcomes, yet standards and best practices for…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Doctoral Degrees, Higher Education
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McCullough, Christopher A. – Assessment Update, 2008
Over the past few years, the author had the good fortune to engage many faculty and administrators in conversations about student outcomes assessment. The author has discovered that many faculty and administrators associate course valuations with student outcomes assessment measures. He also found that no items about student learning outcomes are…
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Course Evaluation, Outcomes of Education, College Faculty
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Albone, Kenneth R. – Assessment Update, 2008
The standard approach to advisement in most departments at Rowan University is to assign students to faculty members. Some departments may have one person with release time to do all the advising. Properly examining the courses and programs in which undergraduate students are progressing is an appropriate topic of concern. One way to handle such…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Undergraduate Students, Program Effectiveness, College Faculty
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Terkla, Dawn Geronimo; O'Leary, Lisa S.; Wilson, Nancy E.; Diaz, Ande – Assessment Update, 2007
Recently, higher education has witnessed a renewed commitment to the mission of preparing students for lives of active citizenship. Under the leadership of President Lawrence S. Bacow, Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts) has articulated an institutional mission that embraces three areas of focus: active citizenship, internationalism, and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Citizenship, Self Efficacy, Political Attitudes
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Hunt-Bull, Nicholas; Packey, Helen M. – Assessment Update, 2007
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private institution with some 1,800 undergraduate students and approximately 117 faculty, 34 of whom teach in the School of Liberal Arts. In October 2005, the vice president for academic affairs asked these authors to attend the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis. As full-time faculty, it was their…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Liberal Arts, Measurement Techniques, 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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Rowles, Connie J.; Koch, Daphene Cyr; Hundley, Stephen P.; Hamilton, Sharon J. – Assessment Update, 2004
Capstone experiences in higher education are not a new phenomenon. Indeed, for several decades, graduating seniors in a variety of disciplines from a wide range of institutions have participated in a course, program, or activity designed to facilitate their transition to the real world beyond the academy. It has been found that capstones provide…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Curriculum, Guidelines, Learning Experience
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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