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Aloi, Susan L.; Green, Adam S.; Jones, Elizabeth A. – Assessment Update, 2007
In Autumn 2004, the Student Affairs Division of West Virginia University (WVU) began an intentional process of integrating assessment across units within the division. The vice president for student affairs initiated this direction in order to encourage the university's student affairs professionals to embrace their roles as educators who care…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education
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Pomerantz, Andrew M.; Santanello, Cathy R.; Kirn, Kim L. – Assessment Update, 2006
The primary goal of classroom assessment is the improvement of student learning rather than the evaluation of teaching through observation. Many formative assessment techniques, including the group instructional feedback technique (GIFT), electronic mail feedback, and small group instructional diagnosis, carry an implicit or explicit promise of…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Confidentiality, Psychotherapy, Electronic Mail
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Francis, Patricia L.; Salins, Peter D.; Huot, Anne E. – Assessment Update, 2006
The State University of New York (SUNY) assessment initiative is an ambitious project that seeks to establish a comprehensive assessment program across the largest public education system in the United States, with over 413,000 total students. This article focuses on the principles that have guided the assessment of general education across SUNY…
Descriptors: State Universities, Multicampus Colleges, General Education, College Outcomes Assessment
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Tutt, Betty R.; McCarthy, Sherry – Assessment Update, 2006
In "The Other Curriculum: Out-of-Class Experiences Associated with Student Learning and Personal Development," George Kuh (1995) cites numerous benefits associated with a college education, including gains in knowledge, autonomy, social maturation, and personal acceptance; modest gains in verbal and quantitative skills, cognitive…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Liberal Arts, Individual Development, Higher Education
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Musun, Linda; Baker, Aaron D.; Fulmer, Jim – Assessment Update, 2006
While assessment of student learning outcomes has become standard operating procedure on virtually every campus, the driving forces for pursuing assessment remain primarily external. For that to change, campuses must evolve toward a culture of assessment based on the shared values and expectations that arise out of a community. The first step in…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Program Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, 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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Garcia, Paula – Assessment Update, 2006
Involving graduate teaching assistants (GAs) in the development and implementation of rubrics has many benefits. GA involvement increases their sense of ownership of the rubrics and makes it more likely that they will regard the rubrics in a positive light. GAs have insights about the students whose work will be evaluated by the rubrics; and, as…
Descriptors: Freshman Composition, Writing (Composition), Beginning Teachers, Teaching Assistants
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McCambridge, James A.; Thornhill, Kathy L. – Assessment Update, 2005
The purpose of this article is to provide a snapshot of assessment practices for distance MBA programs in order to help readers gain a better understanding of this landscape. The authors present the findings of a study that they designed which consisted of a nineteen-item on-line questionnaire that surveyed distance MBA providers in regard to…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Distance Education, Masters Programs
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Stenzel, Eileen J. – Assessment Update, 2005
Counselor educators and students share an ethical accountability for the quality of service that these students will one day provide to their client populations. In this article, the author discusses how assessment can be understood as part of the contract educators make not only with their students, but also with the individuals they will…
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Counseling, Counselor Educators, Undergraduate Study
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Mable, Phyllis – Assessment Update, 2005
This article discusses the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) which celebrated twenty-five years of service, stewardship, and spirit in 2004. CAS is a consortium of thirty-five higher education associations whose directors achieve consensus on the nature and application of standards that guide the work of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Learning Experience, Organizations (Groups), Standards
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D'Allegro, Mary Lou – Assessment Update, 2005
Most publications on outcomes assessment take a holistic approach: they focus more on the whole of assessment than on its components. They describe entire academic assessment programs and their cumulative impact on institutional effectiveness. Some evaluation articles characterize assessment components such as instruments, findings, and use of…
Descriptors: Institutional Evaluation, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Planning, Higher Education
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Kuh, George D. – Assessment Update, 2005
Student engagement measures make valuable contributions to an institution's assessment program. Combined with other relevant information, such data help to tie together what students and institutions do, student outcomes, and other indicators of institutional performance. The results can be used in a variety of ways, from comparing student…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Time on Task, Learning Processes, Student Experience
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Pike, Gary R. – Assessment Update, 2005
For many colleges and universities, surveys constitute an important component of efforts to assess institutional effectiveness. Although the use of surveys in assessment is widespread, the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement (NCPI) report notes that examples of the use of survey results in academic decision making are relatively rare.…
Descriptors: Institutional Evaluation, College Outcomes Assessment, Student Evaluation, Higher Education
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Aloi, Susan L. – Assessment Update, 2005
In autumn 2003, the author conducted a study of the best practices in linking assessment and strategic planning in higher education by visiting three institutions that represent models in integrating these processes. Information was gathered by interviewing faculty, staff, and administrators involved in the institutions' strategic planning or…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Data Analysis, Educational Planning, Higher Education
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Whittlesey, Valerie – Assessment Update, 2005
Higher education is influenced significantly by regional and disciplinary accrediting organizations. Regional accrediting organizations accredit entire institutions, while disciplinary accreditors approve programs within those institutions. All accrediting organizations require institutions and programs to examine their educational effectiveness…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Program Improvement, Program Effectiveness
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