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Pope, Andrea M.; Finney, Sara J.; Bare, Aaren K. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
Despite persistent calls by professional organizations and leaders in the field for theory-based programs, it is often difficult for student affairs professionals to articulate why and how their programs should work (i.e., program theory). This lack of program theory influences professionals' ability to use assessment results for program…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Student Personnel Workers, Program Improvement, Outcomes of Education
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Blumberg, Phyllis – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
Planning the intended use of data and identification of bottlenecks are two best practices that faculty and administrators can use when they conduct assessments for the combined purposes of accountability and improvement. Prior to data collection, they need to have a clear plan of how the results should offer worthwhile insights. Upon…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Improvement, Accountability, Academic Achievement
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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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Reder, Michael; Crimmins, Cynthia – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
At institutions of higher education, assessment findings should inform decisions about where to target curricular improvements, course (re)design, academic support resources, and effective teaching practices. In order for the data gathered by many assessment offices or institutional researchers to have an impact on student learning, faculty…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Evidence
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Stitt-Bergh, Monica; Kinzie, Jillian; Fulcher, Keston – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
Assessment of student learning is typically undertaken with at least two goals in mind, accountability and improvement. This dichotomy of purpose has dogged assessment from the outset (Ewell, 2009) and contributed to conflicted or incomplete ends. As Banta and Palomba (2015) concluded, assessment undertaken primarily to comply with accountability…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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Hawthorne, Katrice A.; Bol, Linda; Pribesh, Shana; Suh, Yonghee – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Increased demands for accountability have placed an emphasis on assessment of student learning outcomes. At the post-secondary level, many of the assessments are considered low-stakes, as student performance is linked to few, if any, individual consequences. Given the prevalence of low-stakes assessment of student learning, research that…
Descriptors: Motivation, Motivation Techniques, Standardized Tests, Cues
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Fauria, Renee M.; Fuller, Matthew B. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Researchers evaluated the effects of Educationally Purposeful Activities (EPAs) on transfer and nontransfer students' cumulative GPAs. Hierarchical, linear, and multiple regression models yielded seven statistically significant educationally purposeful items that influenced undergraduate student GPAs. Statistically significant positive EPAs for…
Descriptors: College Students, College Transfer Students, Grade Point Average, Regression (Statistics)
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Macfadyen, Leah P.; Dawson, Shane; Pardo, Abelardo; Gaševic, Dragan – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
In the new era of big educational data, learning analytics (LA) offer the possibility of implementing real-time assessment and feedback systems and processes at scale that are focused on improvement of learning, development of self-regulated learning skills, and student success. However, to realize this promise, the necessary shifts in the…
Descriptors: Network Analysis, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Assessment
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Milliron, Mark David; Malcolm, Laura; Kil, David – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
Civitas Learning was conceived as a community of practice, bringing together forward-thinking leaders from diverse higher education institutions to leverage insight and action analytics in their ongoing efforts to help students learn well and finish strong. We define insight and action analytics as drawing, federating, and analyzing data from…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Data Analysis, Higher Education
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Blaney, Jennifer; Filer, Kimberly; Lyon, Julie – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
Critical reflection allows students to synthesize their learning and deepen their understanding of an experience (Ash & Clayton, 2009). A recommended reflection method is for students to write essays about their experiences. However, on a large scale, such reflection essays become difficult to analyze in a meaningful way. At Roanoke College,…
Descriptors: College Students, Computer Software, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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Jonson, Jessica L.; Guetterman, Tim; Thompson, Robert J., Jr. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
A fundamental goal of student learning outcomes assessment in higher education is to use student learning evidence in decision making to improve educational programs. Such use of assessment findings, however, is atypical. This article argues that a narrow conception of use contributes to this conclusion and an accurate appraisal of the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Evaluation Utilization, Evidence, Academic Achievement
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Breslow, Lori; Pritchard, David E.; DeBoer, Jennifer; Stump, Glenda S.; Ho, Andrew D.; Seaton, Daniel T. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
"Circuits and Electronics" (6.002x), which began in March 2012, was the first MOOC developed by edX, the consortium led by MIT and Harvard. Over 155,000 students initially registered for 6.002x, which was composed of video lectures, interactive problems, online laboratories, and a discussion forum. As the course ended in June 2012,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronics, Video Technology, Lecture Method
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Fulcher, Keston H.; Orem, Chris D. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2010
Higher education experts tout learning outcomes assessment as a vehicle for program improvement. To this end the authors share a rubric designed explicitly to evaluate the quality of assessment and how it leads to program improvement. The rubric contains six general assessment areas, which are further broken down into 14 elements. Embedded within…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Scoring Rubrics, Educational Quality, Program Improvement
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Pieper, Suzanne L.; Fulcher, Keston H.; Sundre, Donna L.; Erwin, T. Dary – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2008
Most colleges and universities have implemented an assessment program of some kind in an effort to respond to calls for accountability from stakeholders as well as to continuously improve student learning on their campuses. While institutions administer assessment instruments to students and receive reports, many campuses do not reap the maximum…
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Accountability, Educational Research, Student Educational Objectives