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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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Gansemer-Topf, Ann M.; Downey, Jillian; Genschel, Ulrike – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Effective assessment practice requires clearly defining and operationalizing terminology. We illustrate the importance of this practice by focusing on academic "undermatching"--when students enroll in colleges that are less academically selective than those for which they are academically prepared. Undermatching has been viewed as a…
Descriptors: Differences, Definitions, Vocabulary, Comparative Analysis
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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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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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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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Welch, Adam C.; Karpen, Samuel C.; Cross, L. Brian; LeBlanc, Brandie N. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
The aims of this study were to determine faculty's ability to accurately and reliably categorize exam questions using Bloom's Taxonomy, and if modified versions would improve the accuracy and reliability. Faculty experience and affiliation with a health sciences discipline were also considered. Faculty at one university were asked to categorize 30…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Medical School Faculty, Health Sciences, Test Items
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Myers, Carrie B.; Myers, Scott M. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Previous studies have found that freshmen who enter college with dual enrollment credits earned during high school have higher 6-year graduation rates. Yet, we do not know if institutional graduation rates benefit in the aggregate from their practice of accepting dual enrollment credits among incoming freshman cohorts. In this study, we used…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Graduates, Graduation Rate, Dual Enrollment
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Immekus, Jason C. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2016
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) requires teacher preparation programs in the United States (US) to document their ability to produce teachers who can effectively promote the learning of a diverse P-12 student population (CAEP, 2013). To meet CAEP accreditation standards, leaders of teacher preparation programs are…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Surveys
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Fauria, Renee M.; Fuller, Matthew B. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Researchers evaluated the effects of Educationally Purposeful Activities (EPAs) on transfer and nontransfer students' cumulative GPAs. Hierarchical, linear, and multiple regression models yielded seven statistically significant educationally purposeful items that influenced undergraduate student GPAs. Statistically significant positive EPAs for…
Descriptors: College Students, College Transfer Students, Grade Point Average, Regression (Statistics)
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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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Hoffman, Jaimie – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
The landscape of assessment in higher education in the United States is changing; stakeholders are calling for an increased level of accountability with evidence of the impact on student learning becoming a pervasive expectation. Student affairs professionals are not exempt from this responsibility; they must be prepared to assess and articulate…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Student Personnel Services, Online Surveys, Counselor Attitudes
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Ariovich, Laura; Walker, Sad̩ A. РResearch & 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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Erwin, T. Dary – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2012
Alumni self-ratings of their personal growth were linked to their intellectual development during college four to seven years earlier. Graduates that were satisfied with their personal growth in the arts, creative thinking, making logical inferences, learning independently, exercising initiative, and tolerating other points of view had higher…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Alumni, Self Evaluation (Groups), Individual Development
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Sledge, Sally; Pringle, Pam – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2010
This paper describes an ongoing study at a small public university to assess student, faculty and alumni perceptions of academic integrity and business ethics. The phases of the research are detailed for application or replication by other institutions of higher education. The study involves anonymous surveys and academic integrity-based…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Colleges, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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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