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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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Hoffman, John L.; Bresciani, Marilee J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2012
This mixed method study explored the professional competencies that administrators expect from entry-, mid-, and senior-level professionals as reflected in 1,759 job openings posted in 2008. Knowledge, skill, and dispositional competencies were identified during the qualitative phase of the study. Statistical analysis of the prevalence of…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Occupational Information, Competence, Mixed Methods Research
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Zilberberg, Anna; Anderson, Robin D.; Swerdzewski, Peter J.; Finney, Sara J.; Marsh, Kimberly R. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2012
Despite the extensive testing for federal accountability mandates, college students' understanding of federal accountability testing (e.g., No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Spellings) has not been examined, resulting in a lack of knowledge regarding how such understanding (or lack thereof) impacts college students' behavior on accountability…
Descriptors: Accountability, Testing Programs, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation
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Hathcoat, John D.; Penn, Jeremy D. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2012
Critics of standardized testing have recommended replacing standardized tests with more authentic assessment measures, such as classroom assignments, projects, or portfolios rated by a panel of raters using common rubrics. Little research has examined the consistency of scores across multiple authentic assignments or the implications of this…
Descriptors: Generalizability Theory, Performance Based Assessment, Writing Across the Curriculum, Standardized Tests
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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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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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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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Michaels, Hillary R.; Hawthorne, Katrice; Cuevas, Nuria M.; Mateev, Alexei G. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2011
The large number of underprepared students entering the nation's two-and four-year colleges and universities has created what Levin and Calcagno (2008) consider a "remediation crisis" (p.181). Despite the recent attainment of high school diplomas, many incoming students are academically unprepared for college-level coursework in reading,…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Higher Education
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Weiner, Lauren; Bresciani, Marilee J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2011
The researchers explored whether implementation of a systematic outcomes-based assessment process is necessary for demonstrating quality in service learning programs at a two-year and a four-year institution. The findings revealed that Western Community College and the University of the Coast maintained quality service-learning programs, which met…
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Service Learning, Educational Quality, Case Studies
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Heinecke, Walter F. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2011
Institutional researchers (IR) and assessment professionals in higher education are living in interesting and challenging times, one might say in times of crisis. As federal and state coffers have shrunk in a time of rising costs of higher education, university budgets are tightening while at the same time calls for accountability are increasing…
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Retrenchment, Accountability, Educational Quality
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Linn, Marcia C.; Chiu, Jennifer – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2011
High-stakes tests take time away from valuable learning activities, narrow the focus of instruction, and imply that science involves memorizing details rather than understanding the natural world. Current tests lead precollege instructors to postpone science inquiry activities until after the last standardized test is completed--often during the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Lecture Method, Student Evaluation, Concept Mapping
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Barnes, Susan K.; Burchard, Melinda S. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2011
Response to Intervention (RTI) is an educational approach that integrates ongoing assessment of individual student progress with targeted instruction. Administrators and teachers in P-12 schools expressed a need for colleagues in higher education to provide training to general education pre-service and in-service teachers in selecting appropriate…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Self Concept Measures, Response to Intervention, Teacher Effectiveness
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Smiley, Whitney; Anderson, Robin – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2011
Motivational theory is often used to develop strategies for boosting student effort on assessments, particularly in low stakes situations. Increasing students' cognitive engagement on such assessments may also impact student effort. However, before such interventions can be evaluated, a sound measure of cognitive engagement must be identified.…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Learner Engagement, Student Motivation, Measures (Individuals)
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Blaylock, Reginald S.; Bresciani, Marilee J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2011
The state's educational systems must collaborate together to enable transfer students to gain the necessary skills that support degree completion strategies. Given the current economic state, an investment in California community college transfer students in order to provide the best possible university transition would seem wise and fiscally…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Transfer Students, Transfer Programs
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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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