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Demeter, Elise; Robinson, Christine; Frederick, John G. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
Students at many higher education institutions are expected to acquire effective written communication skills and strong critical thinking skills. Although these student learning outcomes are common, these skills are complex. Assessing students' attainment of these outcomes at an institutional level can be difficult as many approaches to measuring…
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, Critical Thinking, Outcomes of Education, Writing Skills
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Fosnacht, Kevin; Gonyea, Robert M. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
This study utilized generalizability theory to assess the context where the National Survey of Student Engagement's (NSSE) summary measures, the Engagement Indicators, produce dependable group-level means. The dependability of NSSE group means is an important topic for the higher education assessment community given its wide utilization and usage…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Seniors, Learner Engagement, National Surveys
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Rocconi, Louis M.; Gonyea, Robert M. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
The concept of effect size plays a crucial role in assessment, institutional research, and scholarly inquiry, where it is common with large sample sizes to find small relationships that are statistically significant. This study examines the distribution of effect sizes from institutions that participated in the National Survey of Student…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Learner Engagement, College Seniors, National Surveys
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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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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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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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Smiley, Whitney; Anderson, Robin – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2011
Motivational theory is often used to develop strategies for boosting student effort on assessments, particularly in low stakes situations. Increasing students' cognitive engagement on such assessments may also impact student effort. However, before such interventions can be evaluated, a sound measure of cognitive engagement must be identified.…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Learner Engagement, Student Motivation, Measures (Individuals)
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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