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McGury, Susan; Shallenberger, David; Tolliver, Derise E. – Assessment Update, 2008
Assessment is about measuring the outcomes of learning. How do students get from learning catalyst to product? How do educators assist them in getting there? And how can it be determined that the student is moving toward appropriate learning goals? These are particularly important questions for educators who are engaged in the development of…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Scoring Rubrics, Global Approach, Cultural Differences
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Testa, Alec M. – Assessment Update, 2008
Western Governors University (WGU) was founded by the governors of sixteen western states to help meet the challenges presented by escalating enrollments and rising costs of higher education in their states. WGU promises to help their students "achieve their dreams for a degree and career success by providing a personal, flexible, and affordable…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Achievement, Competence, Experiential Learning
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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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Case, Randall E. – Assessment Update, 2008
As an online competency-based university, Western Governors University (WGU) requires that students demonstrate competence in given content areas through a series of assessments. WGU employs a number of assessment techniques, including objective assessments, performance assessments, portfolios, capstones, and observations. Unlike most academic…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Evaluation Methods, Achievement Tests, Competency Based Education
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Johnson, Diane L. – Assessment Update, 2008
Western Governors University (WGU) is an online university in which students demonstrate what they know and can do through a series of rigorous assessments. WGU currently uses more than 250 performance-based assessments comprising more than 1,700 individual tasks. WGU students currently attempt nearly 30,000 performance-based assessments each…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Competency Based Education, Cooperation, Test Construction
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Nicastro, Gerilee; Moreton, Kyle M. – Assessment Update, 2008
Western Governors University (WGU) is an online competency-based university in which students demonstrate content competence through a series of assessments. Assessments most often are performance-based or objective assessments that are developed in accordance with specific content objectives. Objective assessments generally assess lower-level…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Performance Based Assessment, Interrater Reliability, Educational Objectives
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Schmidt, Philip A. – Assessment Update, 2008
This article focuses on the assessment system at Western Governors University from the perspective of candidate assessment and performance and on the way in which this system is presented to the Board of Examiners of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Central to a successful review by the NCATE Board of Examiners…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Program Effectiveness, Examiners
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Fulcher, Keston H. – Assessment Update, 2008
Scores of colleges and universities have pledged to promote lifelong learning in their most central document, the mission statement. Moreover, "A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of Higher Education," the report from the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education (2006), stresses the importance of lifelong…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Higher Education, Test Validity, Lifelong Learning
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Shermis, Mark D. – Assessment Update, 2008
This article describes the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), a postsecondary assessment tool designed to evaluate the "value-added" component of institutional contributions to student learning outcomes. Developed by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE), the instrument ostensibly focuses on the contributions of general education coursework…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Exit Examinations, Majors (Students), Student Evaluation
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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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Loughman, Thomas P.; Hickson, Joyce; Sheeks, Gina L.; Hortman, J. William – Assessment Update, 2008
During the past two decades, colleges and universities have used best practices from corporate management such as total quality management, strategic planning, management by objectives, benchmarking, data warehousing, and performance indicators. Many institutions of higher learning now have adopted comprehensive and multifaceted approaches to…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Institutional Evaluation, Performance Based Assessment, Total Quality Management
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Harris, Michael; Cullen, Roxanne – Assessment Update, 2008
In considering the issue of transforming higher education, people tend to think of the university in the abstract: the idea of providing education and what that means in these changing times. The authors suggest that the physical university should also be considered. At Ferris State University, educators have made a comprehensive effort to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Professional Development, Educational Facilities Improvement, School Space
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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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Claesgens, Jennifer; Scalise, Kathleen; Wilson, Mark; Stacy, Angelica – Assessment Update, 2008
When the final report of Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling's Commission on the Future of Higher Education was released in September 2006, the call for higher education to focus on measuring and reporting "meaningful student learning outcomes" was a major charge. The report's suggestion that some standardized tests might be used to collect…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Evaluation, Standardized Tests, Chemistry
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Jorgensen, Marcus – Assessment Update, 2008
In the author's position as director of institutional effectiveness and currently as a department assessment chair, he relates that he has found it useful to use an analogy between flossing one's teeth and instituting assessment. There are more similarities between flossing and assessment than one might imagine. In this article, the author…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Institutional Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Logical Thinking
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