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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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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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Gabbin, Alexander L. – Assessment Update, 2009
A common theme among faculty at many universities is that student motivation to learn is lacking in the classroom. The primary concern of today's students is to obtain A and B grades regardless of demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter. Concern about students' motivation to learn is evident at the accounting educator's conference known as…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Group Testing, Learning Motivation, Accounting
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Axelson, Rick D.; Flick, Arend – Assessment Update, 2009
At a recent assessment workshop, one of the authors' colleagues, Andrew Stuart Bergerson, offered a novel metaphor for building their university's assessment program. "We need to spread the assessment virus on campus," Drew remarked, half seriously. Although they had a good laugh over this image at the time, it encapsulates the faculty-driven…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Negative Attitudes, Program 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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Kramer, Philip I. – Assessment Update, 2009
Many college faculty react to student outcomes assessment the way most people react when they see a rattlesnake within striking distance. Common faculty reactions to the perceived threat of assessment include metaphorically running away and throwing rocks or sticks at it. Like a hiker in the desert doing her best to avoid being struck when she…
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, College Faculty, Higher Education, Accountability
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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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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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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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