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Priniski, Stacy J.; Winterrowd, Erin – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Academic outcomes assessment in student affairs is integral for both service improvement and demonstrating the unit's value to the university's academic mission. However, identifying the right measures is challenging. We implemented three common measures (pre-post self-reported academic functioning, retrospective perceptions of service impact, and…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, College Outcomes Assessment, Pretests Posttests, Measurement Techniques
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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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Dumford, Amber D.; Miller, Angie L. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Student surveys are often important elements of assessment in higher education, but alumni surveys can play a substantial role as well. However, little is known about how responses from these two groups compare to one another. Combining data from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) and the National Survey of Student Engagement…
Descriptors: College Seniors, Alumni, Student Surveys, Comparative Analysis
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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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Weiner, Lauren; Bresciani, Marilee J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2011
The researchers explored whether implementation of a systematic outcomes-based assessment process is necessary for demonstrating quality in service learning programs at a two-year and a four-year institution. The findings revealed that Western Community College and the University of the Coast maintained quality service-learning programs, which met…
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Service Learning, Educational Quality, Case Studies
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Barry, Carol L.; Finney, Sara J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2009
The effects of gathering test scores under low-stakes conditions has been a prominent domain of research in the assessment and testing literature. One important area within this larger domain concerns the implications of a test being low-stakes on test evaluation and development. The current study examined one variable, the testing context, that…
Descriptors: Testing, Context Effect, Comparative Analysis, Test Validity
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Carter, Rufus Lynn – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2006
Many times in both educational and social science research it is impossible to collect data that is complete. When administering a survey, for example, people may answer some questions and not others. This missing data causes a problem for researchers using structural equation modeling (SEM) techniques for data analyses. Because SEM and…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Error of Measurement, Data, Change Strategies
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Springer, Robert – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2006
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) provides participating schools an Institutional Report that includes (among many documents) mean comparisons, frequency distributions, and student respondent data as part of its standard reporting package. Sifting through all this data can leave even experienced researchers wondering where to start…
Descriptors: Effect Size, National Surveys, Learner Engagement, Student Participation