ERIC Number: ED336032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May-27
Reference Count: N/A
The Status of Student Outcomes Assessment at NASULGC Member Institutions. AIR 1991 Annual Forum Paper.
Muffo, John A.
A survey was conducted of the member institutions of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) to determine the status of outcomes assessment on their campuses, as well as the usefulness of the NASULGC "Statement of Principles on Outcomes Assessment." Seventy-three institutions (response rate = 49 percent) responded to a study questionnaire. Responses revealed that while many institutions purported to be involved in undergraduate student outcome assessment, most had only recently begun efforts in this area. In addition, the responding universities supported the NASULGC "Statement of Principles," but a few expressed concern that the second principle of employing incentives rather than regulations or penalties was the one most violated by external groups. The "Statement of Principles" was viewed as a helpful set of standards and several institutions claimed to use it for their internal planning. Problems associated with assessments were the following: costs; funding pressures; the misuse of the data generated; and faculty skepticism, fears, and resistance. Observations regarding the results of this survey and general trends in the outcomes assessment movement are offered. The Statement of Principles is appended. Contains four references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; National Assn of State Univ and Land Grant Coll
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (31st, San Francisco, CA, May 26-29, 1991).