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Hoole, Emily R. – Assessment Update, 2005
The field of education has been shaken by announcements from prominent foundations (Annenberg Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, and Atlantic Philanthropies) that higher education will no longer be a high-priority funding area, due, in part, to a lack of measurable results (Marcy, 2003). Similarly, the nonprofit sector has been taken aback by an…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Program Effectiveness, Nonprofit Organizations, Accountability
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Smith, Joshua S. – Assessment Update, 2005
Academic research, statewide reports, and regional report cards describing K-12 student achievement on standardized tests have become commonplace throughout the US. Incorporating outcomes assessment in higher education is proceeding more slowly. Faculty and staff at colleges and universities have not embraced the assessment movement, and many…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Higher Education, Student Evaluation, Accreditation (Institutions)
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Sutton, Rosemary E. – Assessment Update, 2005
Because assessment of student learning is mandated by accrediting bodies, many faculty and administrators feel coerced and so resist or even undermine assessment activities on campuses. In this article, the author describes how a prominent motivation theory called "self-determination theory" can be helpful in understanding the attitudes and…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Motivation, Self Determination, Locus of Control
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Grackin, Janice A. – Assessment Update, 2005
Building a campuswide culture of assessment is a complex, long-term goal, and the process for achieving such a lofty goal must be thoughtfully planned, persistently and sensitively implemented, and, above all, inclusive of the various campus constituencies that form the backbone of the academic community. Often as campus assessment initiatives…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Study Habits, Research Universities, Institutional Evaluation
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Boorstein, Margaret F.; Knapp, Loretta – Assessment Update, 2005
Values and realities may have difficulty coexisting on a college campus. What is expressed in an institution's mission and what actually occurs may be far apart. In some instances, the academic values incorporated within a mission and the realities of implementation operate in completely separate channels and rarely interact. In other cases, the…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Conflict, Higher Education, Liberal Arts
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Jones, Peter R.; Laufgraben, Jodi Levine; Morris, Nancy – Assessment Update, 2005
Learning communities have been in operation at Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) since 1993. The goals of the program focus primarily on the creation of stronger social bonds among students as well as enhanced interaction within the classroom. The learning community approach attempts to foster an intellectual environment within which…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Learning Experience, College Environment
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Anderson, Robin D.; Thelk, Amy D. – Assessment Update, 2005
When a college or university needs an assessment instrument, it has two choices: select an existing instrument or develop a new one. Since the cost of instrument development in both time and human resources is often prohibitive, many assessment programs rely on existing instruments. The challenge then becomes choosing one that provides the best…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Content Validity, Item Analysis, College Faculty
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Wright, Barbara D. – Assessment Update, 2005
Assessment gatherings have multiplied exponentially over the past 15 years, and the amount of guidance now available through conferences, workshops, and other kinds of events is truly impressive. From the national organizations to accrediting agencies and statewide consortia to campus meetings and on-line resources, there are rich opportunities…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disciplines, Educational Assessment, Accreditation (Institutions), College Faculty
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Kramer, Philip I. – Assessment Update, 2005
In 1998, the Utah State Board of Regents ordered a sample administration of American College Testing's Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP), a test of general knowledge, for Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) students. The pilot test was administered to 3,148 Utah college students who were completing their sophomore year at one…
Descriptors: General Education, Public Colleges, Program Effectiveness, Governing Boards
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Belcher, Alan R. – Assessment Update, 2005
In 1998, the University of Charleston implemented an academic transformation, moving to an outcomes-based learning environment in which the university awards academic credit based on competences mastered rather than courses completed. That fall, for the first time, students no longer took introductory courses in composition, speech, and computing.…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Introductory Courses, Writing (Composition), Evaluation Methods
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Popovich, Paulette M.; Vierheller, Tim R. – Assessment Update, 2005
Faculty at The University of Akron Wayne College, the two-year regional branch campus of the University of Akron, developed and implemented a plan to assess student learning in 1997. The plan was based on an embedded outcomes model, linking course-level student learning outcomes to program outcomes for each of six technical associate degree…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Student Evaluation, Outcomes of Education, Associate Degrees
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McKitrick, Sean A. – Assessment Update, 2005
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredits more than half of the colleges of education in the United States. Several of its standards require teacher preparation programs to emphasize diversity in their curricula and to demonstrate that they are developing a professional environment wherein acceptance of varying…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Schools of Education, National Surveys, Accreditation (Institutions)
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Ewell, Peter T. – Assessment Update, 2005
Last fall, the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education published the results of a five-state demonstration project aimed at developing common state-level benchmarks for student learning for its fifty-state report card, "Measuring Up." One of the instruments used in this Pew-funded project was the Collegiate Learning…
Descriptors: Report Cards, Higher Education, Demonstration Programs, Program Effectiveness
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Pike, Gary R. – Assessment Update, 2005
The popularity of first-year experience programs, freshman interest groups, and freshman seminars is evidence of a growing interest on the part of administrators and faculty in what happens to students during the first year of college. Theory and research indicate that students' experiences during the first year can set the tone for the remainder…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Interest Inventories, Program Effectiveness, Profiles
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Goldschmidt, Nancy P. – Assessment Update, 2005
In 1997, the Oregon legislature directed the Oregon University System (OUS) to develop and implement performance measures and indicators with respect to broad policy goals of access, quality, employability, and cost-effectiveness. An advisory committee of representatives of the state's public colleges and universities was formed to shape the…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Advisory Committees, State Universities, Public Colleges
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