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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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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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Rincón, Blanca; Castillo-Montoya, Milagros – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
This qualitative study examines how service-learning pedagogy can facilitate graduate students' learning of assessment. Interviews with 14 students enrolled in a student affairs graduate program suggest that (a) direct application of content knowledge through a service-learning course enhanced students' learning of assessment, (b) exposing…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Graduate Students, Student Personnel Services, Educational Assessment
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Blumberg, Phyllis – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
Planning the intended use of data and identification of bottlenecks are two best practices that faculty and administrators can use when they conduct assessments for the combined purposes of accountability and improvement. Prior to data collection, they need to have a clear plan of how the results should offer worthwhile insights. Upon…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Improvement, 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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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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Stitt-Bergh, Monica; Kinzie, Jillian; Fulcher, Keston – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
Assessment of student learning is typically undertaken with at least two goals in mind, accountability and improvement. This dichotomy of purpose has dogged assessment from the outset (Ewell, 2009) and contributed to conflicted or incomplete ends. As Banta and Palomba (2015) concluded, assessment undertaken primarily to comply with accountability…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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Keflezighi, Fnann; Sebahari, Levi; Wood, J. Luke – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2016
It is difficult to assess the effectiveness of community college initiatives serving men of color when there is a lack of understanding of the nature of the programming taking place. The purpose of this study was to understand the funding streams, interventions, and objectives of programs serving men of color in the community college. This study…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Programs, African American Students, Males
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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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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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Herndon, Craig – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2006
Virginia's assessment of student learning outcomes has been lauded by national organizations for its respect of institutional autonomy while providing meaningful information on student learning outcomes. Virginia recently implemented a process by which each institution's plan to assess student learning outcomes are evaluated by peer institutions.…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Educational Assessment, Institutional Autonomy, Peer Evaluation