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Weiner, Charles S.; McMillan, Douglas N. – Assessment Update, 2005
In November 2003, Southeastern Oklahoma State University underwent a comprehensive reaccreditation visit conducted by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Throughout the visit, Southeastern was commended for the assessment culture that had been created on campus. The team concluded that…
Descriptors: Accountability, Accreditation (Institutions), Organizational Culture, Participative Decision Making
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Farmer, Yvette – Assessment Update, 2005
One of the author's first assessment experiences at California State University, Sacramento, began when she was assigned to teach a graduate-level program evaluation research course in the Division of Criminal Justice. The chair of the assessment committee and the division chair approached her with the idea of conducting an assessment of the…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Evaluation Research, Program Evaluation, Research Projects
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Ewell, Peter T. – Assessment Update, 2005
By late last November, the 2004-2005 academic year had become known informally among higher education policy wonks as "the year of accountability." Probably because of anticipated debates about the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (which were supposed to have begun in January but fizzled), no fewer than four major reports on…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Accountability, Educational Policy, Outcomes of Education
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Anderson, Robin D.; Sundre, Donna L. – Assessment Update, 2005
Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) and James Madison University (JMU) in Virginia are longtime transfer partners. Almost 85 percent of BRCC's transfer students transfer to JMU. An articulation agreement between the two institutions guarantees admission to JMU with junior status to BRCC Associate in Arts and Sciences graduates who have a grade…
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Grade Point Average, Associate Degrees, Higher Education
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Marshall, David B.; Beck, Stephen L.; Coghlan, Laura K.; Kimbro, Ernestine – Assessment Update, 2005
The Evergreen State College is a public liberal arts college in Washington that has been named the "number one learning community" in the nation by "U.S. News & World Report." There are no grades at Evergreen; instead, faculty provide a narrative evaluation of students' performance in their courses. There are also no majors…
Descriptors: General Education, Citizenship Education, Graduation, Graduation Requirements
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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
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Martin, Rosalind Perry – Assessment Update, 2005
Employing a graduate assistant in the assessment process can be rewarding for both the student and the academic department. This article describes the skills, challenges, and rewards of the author's work on program assessment in the Interdisciplinary Technology Department at Eastern Michigan University. The author hopes to provide some insights…
Descriptors: Research Assistants, Program Effectiveness, College Outcomes Assessment, Graduate Students
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Bennion, Donald H.; Harris, Michael – Assessment Update, 2005
Fostering a culture of assessment is extremely challenging work. In this article, the authors show how Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has approached this challenge and how the authors' experience can help others who are struggling with the same issue. An effective and self-reinforcing assessment culture cannot be established overnight but…
Descriptors: Accountability, Evaluation Methods, Universities, Institutional Evaluation
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Weeks, Linda Ann – Assessment Update, 2004
In this article, the author shares how she used a video on animals to teach her graduate classes about subjectivity in assessment. For this video assessment, she made her students evaluate the video based on five categories: content, structure, sensitivity to audience, audio, and visual. As a teacher, she knows how impossible it is to be totally…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Videotape Recordings, Animals, Graduate Students
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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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Forest, James J. F.; Keith, Bruce – Assessment Update, 2004
The United States Military Academy (USMA) provides cadets with a liberal education designed to develop versatile and critical thinkers who can adapt to the professional and ethical challenges they will confront. Cadets' moral development is integrated throughout their West Point experience, to the point of being included as one of the USMA's…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Moral Issues, Program Effectiveness, Data Analysis
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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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Farmer, Lesley S. J. – Assessment Update, 2004
Increasingly, colleges and universities are offering online courses using commercial course packaging. One of the most popular courseware programs is Blackboard. This article describes research that employed a two-pronged approach to investigate how education faculty used Blackboard courseware to facilitate student competence in using technology.…
Descriptors: Learning Modalities, Online Courses, Higher Education, Courseware
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