ERIC Number: ED367274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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The Purposes of Assessment Revisited.
Miller, Margaret A.
This paper examines Virginia's campus-based assessment process in the areas of curriculum improvement, academic management, accountability, and reporting. While there is considerable variation among institutions, assessment has demonstrated a moderate to substantial impact on most campuses in the area of curriculum improvement. There is evidence that the process has resulted in the redesign or modification of major programs and a recent trend toward combining assessment with program review. There is a concern, however, that the assessment process used at the management level to make negative decisions (e.g., program elimination) may jeopardize the objectivity with which faculty approach the task. The assessment process, it is argued, must not only address institutional accountability in terms of efficiency but must also contain indicators that reveal improvements in the quality of the outcomes of that education. Only with this double approach can higher education institutions convince the general public of the value of their investment in higher education. Finally, a recommendation is made for changing the assessment process so that assessment reporting would first involve the submission of an assessment activity summary for review, followed by a presentation by appropriate institutional officers during which reactions to the assessment would be given, follow-up information requested, and advice given for program improvement. (GLR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Assessment Group (7th, Richmond, VA, November 11-12, 1993).