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Soland, James – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Research shows college readiness can be predicted using a variety of measures, including test scores, grades, course-taking patterns, noncognitive instruments, and surveys of how well students understand the college admissions process. However, few studies provide guidance on how educators can prioritize predictors of college readiness across…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Predictor Variables, Data Analysis, Measures (Individuals)
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Fuller, Matther B.; Lane, Forrest C. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Student affairs, like all arms of academe, has taken up the mantle of assessing college student learning and development in their unique programs and experiences. Yet, cultures of assessment in student affairs organizations are rarely examined empirically. This study provides results from an exploratory factor analysis of data gathered using the…
Descriptors: Models, Student Personnel Services, Factor Analysis, Program Development
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Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Olga; Pant, Hans Anand; Kuhn, Christiane; Toepper, Miriam; Lautenbach, Corinna – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2016
The ever-increasing internationalization of study programs and global mobility of students call for greater transparency of and valid information on the knowledge and skills students acquire over the course of their studies. Several theoretical and methodological challenges arise from the immense diversity of degree courses, study programs, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Practices, Minimum Competency Testing
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Ryder, Andrew J.; Kimball, Ezekiel W. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Assessment to improve student learning and program effectiveness is an essential skill for student affairs practitioners. Empirical findings from a content analysis of the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners (ACPA & NASPA, 2010) shed important light on reflexivity as a foundational aspect of assessment. Based on…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Program Effectiveness
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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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Gustafson, Jacqueline N.; Daniels, Jessica R.; Smulski, Rachel J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
Program assessment has been a topic of significance in higher education over the last decade. Initially, program assessment was implemented in response to concerns over the quality of college graduates' education and increasing competiveness in the job market for American college graduates. Recently, higher education institutions have been…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Small Colleges, Private Colleges, Mixed Methods Research
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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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Puncochar, Judith; Klett, Mitchell – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
The goals of a Liberal Studies education are designed to prepare citizens to live responsible, productive, and creative lives in a changing world. Ideally, a liberal education fosters well-grounded intellectuals with dispositions toward learning and an acceptance of responsibility regarding their ideas and actions. To measure the efficacy of a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Models, Science Achievement, Inquiry
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Massy, William F.; Sullivan, Teresa A.; Mackie, Christopher D. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2012
William Massy is an emeritus professor and former Vice President for Business and Finance at Stanford University, Teresa Sullivan is President of the University of Virginia, and Christopher Mackie is a Study Director with the National Academies' Committee on National Statistics. This article summarizes the authors' recent National Research Council…
Descriptors: Productivity, Higher Education, Educational Principles, Barriers
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Pastor, Dena A.; Kaliski, Pamela K.; Weiss, Brandi A. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2007
Do students change as a result of completing their general education requirement? This question was examined by using a pretest/posttest design with five different cohorts of students required to complete a general education program in American history and politics. Differences among various groups in Cohen's d (the standardized difference between…
Descriptors: College Students, General Education, Pretests Posttests, United States History