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Smith, Elizabeth E.; Gordon, Sarah – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
Although faculty are an important part of collecting, analyzing, and using student learning data for improvement, significant barriers often prevent faculty from being involved in assessment work outside the classroom. One potential obstacle to faculty involvement in assessment is the misalignment between the work and faculty rewards structures.…
Descriptors: Rewards, College Faculty, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes
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Blaich, Charles; Wise, Kathleen – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
The Wabash National Study was created by the authors of this article in the early 2000s as a response to increasing pressure for institutions to get serious about assessment. The Wabash National Study was a multimillion dollar, 40-plus-institution, longitudinal research and assessment project that measured liberal learning outcomes and the good…
Descriptors: Information Utilization, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Assessment, Outcomes of Education
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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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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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Myers, Carrie B.; Myers, Scott M. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Previous studies have found that freshmen who enter college with dual enrollment credits earned during high school have higher 6-year graduation rates. Yet, we do not know if institutional graduation rates benefit in the aggregate from their practice of accepting dual enrollment credits among incoming freshman cohorts. In this study, we used…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Graduates, Graduation Rate, Dual Enrollment
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de Laat, Maarten; Prinsen, Fleur R. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
Current trends and challenges in higher education (HE) require a reorientation towards openness, technology use and active student participation. In this article we will introduce Social Learning Analytics (SLA) as instrumental in formative assessment practices, aimed at supporting and strengthening students as active learners in increasingly open…
Descriptors: Socialization, Formative Evaluation, Active Learning, Higher Education
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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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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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Denley, Tristan – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
This article explores the challenges that students face in navigating the curricular structure of post-secondary degree programs, and how predictive analytics and choice architecture can play a role. It examines Degree Compass, a course recommendation system that successfully pairs current students with the courses that best fit their talents and…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Low Income Groups, Minority Group Students, Data Collection
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Thille, Candace; Schneider, Emily; Kizilcec, René F.; Piech, Christopher; Halawa, Sherif A.; Greene, Daniel K. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
The article addresses the question of how the assessment process with large-scale data derived from online learning environments will be different from the assessment process without it. Following an explanation of big data and how it is different from previously available learner data, we describe three notable features that characterize…
Descriptors: Data, Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Case Studies
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Gerstner, Jerusha J.; Finney, Sara J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
Implementation fidelity assessment provides a means of measuring the alignment between the planned program and the implemented program. Unfortunately, the implemented program can differ from the planned program, resulting in ambiguous inferences about the planned program's effectiveness (i.e., it is uncertain if poor results are due to an…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Fidelity, Student Personnel Services, Alignment (Education)
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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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Ackermann, Eric – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2007
Although academic libraries have a long tradition of program assessment, in the past the results have been more meaningful internally than externally. Recent changes in the conceptualization of libraries' role in higher education and advances in measurement tools will likely provide answers to different questions, particularly the relationship of…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Program Evaluation, Educational Practices, Organizational Culture
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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