ERIC Number: ED246827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Information on Student Outcomes: How to Get It and How to Use It. An NCHEMS Executive Overview.
Ewell, Peter T.
The use of student outcomes data in higher education is discussed. Consideration is given to a widely recognized taxonomy of student outcomes developed by Alexander Astin and his associates, and a classification of outcomes developed by Oscar Lenning and his associates at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). Issues involved in the development of an effective institutional student-outcomes database are examined, and types of student data, typically kept in student master files and enrollment files, are identified. In addition, features of six currently available student-outcomes assessment instruments/services are specified, including the NCHEMS/College Board Student-Outcomes Information Service, the American College Testing Program Evaluation Survey Service, and the TEX-IS Follow-Up System. Attention is also directed to the identification of users and uses of outcomes information, and the production of management reports from student-outcomes databases. The application of outcomes information to decision-making is also discussed, with attention to preparing accreditation self-studies, program review, institutional planning, budget review, and student recruitment and retention. Finally, some themes concerning information utilization are considered. (SW)
Descriptors: Classification, College Graduates, Databases, Educational Assessment, Higher Education, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Institutional Research, Outcomes of Education, Student Characteristics
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, P.O. Drawer P, Boulder, CO 80302 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.