ERIC Number: ED217072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The ACT College Outcome Measurement Project: A New Tool for Summative Evaluation of Nontraditional Postsecondary Education Programs?
Ward, Eric F.; Pringle, Robert A.
The American College Testing Program (ACT) developed tests as a result of the College Outcome Measures Project (COMP). These instruments were intended for evaluation of nontraditional and traditional postsecondary education programs. They measure skills rather than information. The study was designed to check on several aspects of use of the COMP objective test with nontraditional graduates. The degree programs assessed were University Without Walls (UWW), Kaskaskia, and Board of Governors Bachelor of Arts Degree (BOG/BA). Students graduating from the Kaskaskia program most resemble traditional students, followed by BOG graduates and then UWW graduates. A norm reference group supplied by ACT was used for comparison of scores obtained by traditional seniors. The COMP objective test was shown to have equally high reliability for traditional and nontraditional students. The nontraditional students who participated in the study perceived the COMP test as appropriate for measuring their competencies. Minority graduates perceived the test as culture fair. The COMP test seemed to be a good instrument for demonstrating the quality of the product of nontraditional postsecondary educational programs. (DWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American College Testing Program; College Outcome Measures Project