ERIC Number: ED241568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Criterion Problem: What Measure of Success in Graduate Education?
Hartnett, Rodney T.; Willingham, Warren W.
A wide variety of potential indicators of graduate student performance are reviewed. Based on research literature, experience with recent and current research projects, and conversations with graduate faculty members and administrators, the various indicators are considered in two ways. First, they are analyzed within the framework of the traditional "criterion problem," that is, with respect to their adequacy as criteria in predicting graduate school performance. In this case emphasis is given to problems with the criteria that make it difficult to draw valid inferences about the relationship between selection measures and performance measures. Second, the various indicators are considered as an important process of the graduate program. In this case, attention is given to their adequacy as procedures for the evaluation of student performance--e.g., their clarity, fairness, and usefulness as feedback to students. Various general observations about the status of student evaluation practices are made, and particular attention is drawn to the view that many evaluation practices seem to be characterized by ambiguity with regard to their basic purpose. Finally, suggestions are offered for how assessment practices might be improved. (Author)
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Performance Factors, Predictive Measurement, Selection, Student Evaluation
Educational Testing Service, Publications Order Services, Dept. I-101, Princeton, NJ 08541.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Graduate Record Examinations Board, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Evaluation Problems; Graduate Record Examinations