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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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Flateby, Teresa – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2009
This article chronicles the evolution of a large research extensive institution's General Education writing assessment efforts from an initial summative focus to a formative, improvement focus. The methods of assessment, which changed as the assessment purpose evolved, are described. As more data were collected, the measurement tool was…
Descriptors: General Education, Research Universities, Writing Evaluation, Summative Evaluation
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Barry, Carol L.; Finney, Sara J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2009
The effects of gathering test scores under low-stakes conditions has been a prominent domain of research in the assessment and testing literature. One important area within this larger domain concerns the implications of a test being low-stakes on test evaluation and development. The current study examined one variable, the testing context, that…
Descriptors: Testing, Context Effect, Comparative Analysis, Test Validity
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Bresciani, Marilee J.; Griffiths, Jane H.; Rust, Jon P. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2009
Effectively introducing change in job responsibilities, particularly when dealing with tenured faculty, can be challenging. More often, additions or changes to work tasks, such as integrating assessment procedures into existing work tasks, requires employees to apply new and/or more complex knowledge, skill, and ability. When compared to…
Descriptors: State Universities, College Faculty, Tenure, Resistance to Change
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Thelk, Amy – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2008
Differential Item Functioning (DIF) occurs when there is a greater probability of solving an item based on group membership after controlling for ability. Following administration of a 50-item scientific and quantitative reasoning exam to 286 two-year and 1174 four-year students, items were evaluated for DIF. Two-year students performed…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Probability, Test Items, Student Evaluation
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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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Pieper, Suzanne L.; Fulcher, Keston H.; Sundre, Donna L.; Erwin, T. Dary – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2008
Most colleges and universities have implemented an assessment program of some kind in an effort to respond to calls for accountability from stakeholders as well as to continuously improve student learning on their campuses. While institutions administer assessment instruments to students and receive reports, many campuses do not reap the maximum…
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Accountability, Educational Research, Student Educational Objectives
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Ackermann, Eric – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2007
Although academic libraries have a long tradition of program assessment, in the past the results have been more meaningful internally than externally. Recent changes in the conceptualization of libraries' role in higher education and advances in measurement tools will likely provide answers to different questions, particularly the relationship of…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Program Evaluation, Educational Practices, Organizational Culture
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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
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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
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Carter, Rufus Lynn – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2006
Many times in both educational and social science research it is impossible to collect data that is complete. When administering a survey, for example, people may answer some questions and not others. This missing data causes a problem for researchers using structural equation modeling (SEM) techniques for data analyses. Because SEM and…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Error of Measurement, Data, Change Strategies
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Ridley, Dennis R.; Smith, Edward D. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2006
Seniors' writing skills were assessed in 1998 at a medium-sized public university. Blind scoring, a standard scoring guide, and trained graders were used. Curricular writing emphasis was assessed through a syllabus study, yielding a Curricular Emphasis Score. Controlling for entry-level skill in writing, Writing Score and Curricular Emphasis were…
Descriptors: Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Skills, College Seniors, Scoring Formulas
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Springer, Robert – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2006
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) provides participating schools an Institutional Report that includes (among many documents) mean comparisons, frequency distributions, and student respondent data as part of its standard reporting package. Sifting through all this data can leave even experienced researchers wondering where to start…
Descriptors: Effect Size, National Surveys, Learner Engagement, Student Participation
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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
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