ERIC Number: ED349584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Program Assessment as a Means To Improve Instruction and Enhance Faculty Development: The First Year of Assessment of Human Communication Majors at James Madison University.
Rollman, Steven A.
The Department of Human Communication at James Madison University initiated a program of assessment for majors in September 1990. A committee decided to focus in the first year on the cognitive core of information which students hopefully would have mastered, and, with faculty input, established a 30-item list of objectives for graduates of the program. An "in-house" test was created to evaluate the extent to which majors had achieved mastery of these departmental objectives. Additionally, an alumni survey was carried out to learn about graduates' satisfaction with their education and their perceptions of its usefulness, with resulting information proving useful on several levels. Finally, three experts in communication pedagogy reviewed and evaluated the department's objectives and methodology, making helpful suggestions. Future plans are being formed, and the experience of the first year indicates that first year efforts will be imperfect but will, at least, provide a base from which to expand and improve each year. (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: James Madison University VA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).