ERIC Number: ED370510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Connecting Assessment, Testing and Faculty Development: The Vision of Excellence at Virginia Union University.
Ohia, Uche; Hayes, Delores M.
At Virginia Union University, an historically black institution in Richmond, Virginia, assessment, testing, and faculty development are connected in a systematic approach designed to determine what students need to know, demonstrate how much students know, and decide what needs to be done to enhance student learning through teaching effectiveness. Student competencies, in terms of program and course outcomes, are developed by faculty. The value-added approach is used in monitoring student progress from the time of entering Virginia Union to the time of separation. Standardized instruments and in-house tests are used to measure progress in students' skill development. Observed deficiencies in students' knowledge and skill development are targeted and addressed through programmed changes in teaching techniques and through application of technology and other innovations. Student evaluation of instruction is used to evaluate the effectiveness of individual faculty. Faculty development activities focus on development of skills in innovative classroom methods, freshman orientation, and student advisement. The role of the Director of Assessment Services in implementing this vision includes, among other responsibilities, reviewing and recommending assessment instruments and procedures, familiarizing faculty with program goals, collecting assessment data, and providing a database to assist in evaluation of instruction and curriculum. (Contains 15 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Black Colleges, College Faculty, College Outcomes Assessment, Competency Based Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Integrated Activities, Outcomes of Education, Staff Role, Student Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Effectiveness, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Virginia Union University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Virginia Assessment Group (7th, Richmond, VA, November 11-12, 1993).