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Stevenson, John F.; Finan, Elaine; Martel, Michael – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Externally imposed assessment requirements in higher education call for documented attention to using assessment results for program improvement. Although this systematic process promises to lead to better learning outcomes it has also been challenged as ineffective and even harmful. What can make assessment truly meaningful and move beyond the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Outcomes Assessment, Capacity Building, Measurement
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Newhart, Daniel W. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
As we face increasing accountability in higher education, how we measure student learning should exceed the calls for an account of learning that places students at the center. Qualitative approaches to assessment and theoretical underpinnings gleaned from the qualitative research tradition may provide a way that we can support a more holistic…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Learning Experience, Outcome Measures, Student Evaluation
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Heinerichs, Scott; Bernotsky, R. Lorraine; Danner, Loretta Rieser – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Institutions of higher education are faced with challenges when implementing an assessment initiative. These challenges include constraints on time and resources, the demands of specialized accreditation, and faculty motivation to comply. In addition, the communication of the expectations around assessment must be clear to all constituents in…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Educational Principles, Higher Education, Accreditation (Institutions)
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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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Ariovich, Laura; Walker, Sadé A. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
Higher education institutions have taken to redesigning high-enrollment, introductory courses to improve student learning outcomes, student success, and degree completion. This paper presents findings from the assessment of course redesign by focusing on the case of developmental math at a large community college. The college adopted…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Remedial Mathematics
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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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MacDonald, Sarah K.; Williams, Laura M.; Lazowski, Rory A.; Horst, S. Jeanne; Barron, Kenneth E. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
As assessment becomes an ever more critical facet of higher education, it is apparent that some faculty do not always value assessment (Crossley & Wang, 2010; Ebersole, 2009). Further, faculty may react with resistance, particularly when they perceive that assessment is being imposed upon them from external sources (Crossley & Wang, 2010;…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Assessment, Teacher Motivation
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Bresciani, Marilee J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2011
The purpose of this grounded theory study was to identify the typical barriers encountered by faculty and administrators when implementing outcomes-based assessment program review. An analysis of interviews with faculty and administrators at nine institutions revealed a theory that faculty and administrators' promotion, tenure (if applicable),…
Descriptors: Barriers, Outcome Based Education, Program Implementation, Grounded Theory
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Bresciani, Marilee J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2008
This phenomenological study explored what principal investigators from the United States and Mexico experienced when engaging in cross-cultural collaborative research projects. Participants were asked to articulate their understanding of collaboration. While the principal investigators did not vary on how they defined quality of research; their…
Descriptors: International Cooperation, Research Projects, Phenomenology, Cultural Differences
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Steinke, Pamela; Fitch, Peggy – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2007
In an effort to increase the quality and quantity of service-learning assessment, this article provides a brief rationale for engaging in service-learning assessment and reviews a selection of available tools for doing so. The paper includes a matrix that lists cognitive outcomes, including critical thinking and problem solving, and the…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Evaluation Methods, Matrices, Critical Thinking