ERIC Number: ED373630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun-1
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Beyond Academic Outcomes: Expanding into Comprehensive Assessment while Preserving Faculty Ownership. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
Peacock, Dennis E.
At Northeast Missouri State University, where faculty have directed student outcomes assessment for 20 years, assessment is expanding to include a broader university mission of developing the whole person. As assessment becomes more comprehensive, expanding into out-of-class experiences, there is a risk of losing faculty support. Three fundamental challenges are: (1) being prepared for the argument that assessing non-academic student development should be a student affairs issue; (2) contending with the perception that non-cognitive outcomes are not measurable; and (3) recognizing that faculty will want to know how the effort will be worth their investment of scarce time and energy. One way to convince faculty of the value to them of broader assessment may be to incorporate findings into the student advising program in which faculty participate. At all times, faculty commitment may be sustained by showing how new efforts are linked with activities in which they are already engaged. Key suggestions for sustaining faculty commitment include showing that additional outcomes results are not invented, that comprehensive assessment complements academic assessment, that students need continuity of experience, that cost will be less than expected, and that these efforts will have immediate local relevance. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; Comprehensive Assessment Program; Northeast Missouri State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1 1994).