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Groover, Cynthia D.; McBrayer, Juliann Sergi; Cleveland, Richard; Riggs, Amy Jo – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
Many institutions implement assessment teams as resources to develop faculty and staff knowledge of and confidence in programmatic assessment processes. Additional resources may include rubrics or peer review and feedback, but effectiveness of these resources is rarely evaluated. Programmatic assessment allows institutions to examine the impact of…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Administrator Surveys, Scoring Rubrics
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Lending, Diane; Fulcher, Keston; Ezell, Jeremy D.; May, Jeffrey L.; Dillon, Thomas W. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
Few examples of demonstrable program learning improvement projects exist. To provide guidance for those seeking to report program learning improvement, we offer a real example of an implemented learning improvement project for a Computer Information Systems major curriculum. The example follows a six-criteria model and the subsequent standards for…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Program Implementation, Computer Science Education, Information Systems
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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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Gray, Julie S.; Brown, Melissa A.; Connolly, John P. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Data-driven decision making is increasingly viewed as essential in a globally competitive society. Initiatives to augment standardized testing with performance-based assessment have increased as educators progressively respond to mandates for authentic measurement of student attainment. To meet this challenge, multidisciplinary rubrics were…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Construct Validity, Scoring Rubrics, Numeracy
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Roberts, Jeff; Nardone, Carroll F.; Bridges, Bill – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Written communication remains an important learning objective for colleges and universities as more and more students enter the workforce without necessary writing skills and experiences. This importance is increased for public colleges and universities within the state of Texas, as that state has adopted written communication as a core learning…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Gender Differences
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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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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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Khan, Rana; Khalsa, Datta Kaur; Klose, Kathryn; Cooksey, Yan Zhang – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2012
Since 2001, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Graduate School has been conducting outcomes assessment of student learning. The current 3-3-3 Model of assessment has been used at the program and school levels providing results that assist refinement of programs and courses. Though effective, this model employs multiple rubrics to…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Evaluation, Assignments, Scoring Rubrics
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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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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