ERIC Number: ED205121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Using the College Outcome Measurement Project to Measure College Outcomes. AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
Schomberg, Steven F.; And Others
The usefulness of the College Outcome Measures Project (COMP), sponsored by the American College Testing Program, was assessed based on a 1979 study of 96 University of Minnesota graduating seniors. Three questions were examined: whether graduates within the same institution but in different curricula achieve different outcome scores; whether students from different institutions score differently on the COMP; and whether it is possible to substitute COMP for a locally developed self-report questionnaire on outcomes of undergraduate education. It was found that seniors in four different curricula (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and Inter-College Program) did not score differently. Possible reasons why COMP's previous field-test findings of differentiation among majors were disconfirmed are noted. COMP distinguished among groups that differed on level of academic achievement and motivation: COMP scores were related to self-reported academic achievement and aspiration. It is suggested that if the COMP test had been more difficult, the effects of grades on COMP scores would have been greater. COMP scores were found to be unrelated to student scores on self-perceived benefits of college and satisfaction with their skills and knowledge. The participants felt that the content of COMP was somewhat superficial and did not allow them to demonstrate their expertise. It is suggested that COMP has greater potential usefulness in distinguishing among institutions than in comparing outcomes of programs within an institution. Recommendations for conducting outcomes studies are offered. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; College Outcome Measures Project; University of Minnesota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).