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Leaderman, Emilie Clucas; Polychronopoulos, Gina B. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
This paper introduces a conceptual framework for overcoming common assessment challenges and supporting a positive assessment culture in higher education through fostering collaborative relationships with faculty and staff. By using a lens that integrates concepts from person-centered and solution-focused counseling, positive psychology, and…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Professional Identity, College Faculty, Resource Staff
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Horst, S. Jeanne; Ames, Allison J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
In April 2017, a three-day Learning Improvement Summit, held in Washington, DC, brought together a broad array of national and international assessment stakeholders. The purpose of the summit was to empower a diverse group of faculty and assessment leaders to develop, refine, discuss, and address evidence-based learning improvement initiatives…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, International Assessment, Accountability, Academic Achievement
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Smith, Kristen L.; Good, Megan R.; Jankowski, Natasha – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
A long-standing purpose of assessment is to help faculty improve student learning; unfortunately, evidence of improved learning is rare. Learning improvement evidence in its most simple form requires practitioners to assess, intervene, and re-assess a student learning outcome. Of course, achieving evidence of learning improvement is not so simple.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Leaders, Leadership
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Brown, Joshua Travis – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Higher education accountability is a field characterized by complexity. Prior frameworks grounded in psychometrics, economics, and history fall short in explaining the persistence and composition of its complexity. This article employs organizational theory to identify the multiple conflicting approaches of higher education accountability and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Accountability, Organizational Theories, Evaluation
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Fulcher, Keston H.; Smith, Kristen L.; Sanchez, Elizabeth R. H.; Ames, Allison J.; Meixner, Cara – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Higher education has made impressive progress concerning student learning outcomes assessment practices. Yet--despite the assumption that better assessment would lead to better student learning--few examples of demonstrable student learning improvement exist at the academic degree or university levels. In 2014 Fulcher, Good, Coleman, and Smith…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Improvement, Best Practices, Student Evaluation
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Stevenson, John F.; Finan, Elaine; Martel, Michael – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Externally imposed assessment requirements in higher education call for documented attention to using assessment results for program improvement. Although this systematic process promises to lead to better learning outcomes it has also been challenged as ineffective and even harmful. What can make assessment truly meaningful and move beyond the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Outcomes Assessment, Capacity Building, Measurement
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Steinke, Pamela; Fitch, Peggy – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Bias is part of the human condition and becoming aware of how to avoid bias will help to ensure greater accuracy in the work of assessment. In this paper the authors discuss three different theoretical frameworks that can be applied when assessing student work for cognitive skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Each of the…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Cognitive Ability, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Smith, Kristen L.; Finney, Sara J.; Fulcher, Keston H. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Implementation fidelity data indicate to what extent the delivered educational intervention (e.g., pedagogies, curricula) differs from the designed intervention (Gerstner & Finney, 2013; O'Donnell, 2008). Fidelity data help practitioners make more accurate inferences regarding program effectiveness (Dumas, Lynch, Laughlin, Smith, & Prinz,…
Descriptors: Fidelity, Program Implementation, Intervention, Higher Education
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Horst, S. Jeanne; DeMars, Christine E. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2016
The Mapmark standard setting method was adapted to a higher education setting in which faculty leaders were highly involved. Eighteen university faculty members participated in a day-long standard setting for a general education communications test. In Round 1, faculty set initial cut-scores for each of four student learning objectives. In Rounds…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teacher Participation, Standard Setting, Academic Standards
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Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Olga; Pant, Hans Anand; Kuhn, Christiane; Toepper, Miriam; Lautenbach, Corinna – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2016
The ever-increasing internationalization of study programs and global mobility of students call for greater transparency of and valid information on the knowledge and skills students acquire over the course of their studies. Several theoretical and methodological challenges arise from the immense diversity of degree courses, study programs, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Practices, Minimum Competency Testing
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Newhart, Daniel W. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
As we face increasing accountability in higher education, how we measure student learning should exceed the calls for an account of learning that places students at the center. Qualitative approaches to assessment and theoretical underpinnings gleaned from the qualitative research tradition may provide a way that we can support a more holistic…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Learning Experience, Outcome Measures, Student Evaluation
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Heinerichs, Scott; Bernotsky, R. Lorraine; Danner, Loretta Rieser – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Institutions of higher education are faced with challenges when implementing an assessment initiative. These challenges include constraints on time and resources, the demands of specialized accreditation, and faculty motivation to comply. In addition, the communication of the expectations around assessment must be clear to all constituents in…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Educational Principles, Higher Education, Accreditation (Institutions)
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Hoffman, Jaimie – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
The landscape of assessment in higher education in the United States is changing; stakeholders are calling for an increased level of accountability with evidence of the impact on student learning becoming a pervasive expectation. Student affairs professionals are not exempt from this responsibility; they must be prepared to assess and articulate…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Student Personnel Services, Online Surveys, Counselor Attitudes
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Ryder, Andrew J.; Kimball, Ezekiel W. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Assessment to improve student learning and program effectiveness is an essential skill for student affairs practitioners. Empirical findings from a content analysis of the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners (ACPA & NASPA, 2010) shed important light on reflexivity as a foundational aspect of assessment. Based on…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Program Effectiveness
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Smith, Kristen L.; Good, Megan Rodgers; Sanchez, Elizabeth Hawk; Fulcher, Keston H. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Although higher education institutions often engage in assessment practices, use of assessment results to improve student learning is rare (Blaich & Wise, 2011). We surmised that this rarity could be partially explained by unclear communication regarding what "use of results" means. The current study qualitatively investigated how…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Student Improvement, Evaluation Utilization, Communication Problems
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