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Hart, Laura C.; Robinson, Christine – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
Today, higher education faces increased accountability to assess and measure student learning. However, traditional metrics (like standardized tests and graduation rates) fail to provide a comprehensive understanding of exactly what students learn in a contextualized program of study. To address this gap, the researchers piloted a charrette model…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, College Students, Stakeholders, College Faculty
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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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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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Lending, Diane; Fulcher, Keston; Ezell, Jeremy D.; May, Jeffrey L.; Dillon, Thomas W. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
Few examples of demonstrable program learning improvement projects exist. To provide guidance for those seeking to report program learning improvement, we offer a real example of an implemented learning improvement project for a Computer Information Systems major curriculum. The example follows a six-criteria model and the subsequent standards for…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Program Implementation, Computer Science Education, Information Systems
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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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Gansemer-Topf, Ann M.; Downey, Jillian; Genschel, Ulrike – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Effective assessment practice requires clearly defining and operationalizing terminology. We illustrate the importance of this practice by focusing on academic "undermatching"--when students enroll in colleges that are less academically selective than those for which they are academically prepared. Undermatching has been viewed as a…
Descriptors: Differences, Definitions, Vocabulary, Comparative Analysis
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Roberts, Jeff; Nardone, Carroll F.; Bridges, Bill – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Written communication remains an important learning objective for colleges and universities as more and more students enter the workforce without necessary writing skills and experiences. This importance is increased for public colleges and universities within the state of Texas, as that state has adopted written communication as a core learning…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Gender Differences
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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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Ozaki, C. Casey; Worley, Deborah; Cherry, Emily – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
The increased pressure in higher education to demonstrate evidence of student learning is prompting all sectors to develop clear assessment methods. This national conversation has also sparked the greater recognition and use of assessment as a process for the improvement of teaching and learning. Given the scant literature on assessment in the…
Descriptors: College Students, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Mixed Methods Research
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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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Baker, Ryan S.; Corbett, Albert T. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
Many university leaders and faculty have the goal of promoting learning that connects across domains and prepares students with skills for their whole lives. However, as assessment emerges in higher education, many assessments focus on knowledge and skills that are specific to a single domain. Reworking assessment in higher education to focus on…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Data Collection, Information Retrieval, Learning Processes
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Stevens, Mitchell L. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
The new data sciences of education bring substantial legal, political, and ethical questions about the management of information about learners. This piece provides a synoptic view of recent scholarly discussion in this domain and calls for a proactive approach to the ethics of learning research.
Descriptors: Information Management, Information Science, Ethics, 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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Bowman, Nicholas A. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
Asking college students how much they have learned or grown is a common assessment practice in student affairs and elsewhere. Unfortunately, recent research suggests that these self-reported gains do a very poor job of measuring actual student learning and growth. This paper provides an overview of the psychological process of how students likely…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Development, Student Improvement, Achievement Gains
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