ERIC Number: ED418754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment Designs Among Community Colleges.
Hilgendorf, Erik J.
This article demonstrates the sometimes compromised techniques involved in data collection and their subsequent reporting capabilities. To illustrate this point, a joint venture between the community colleges of Missouri, the Coordinating Board of Higher Education, and a national testing corporation completed a project assessing student outcomes. Surveys critiqued a wide range of self-reported abilities and attainments from randomly sampled students among the community colleges. The sampling was approximately six to seven percent. Questions concerned college services such as financial aid and advising, and accomplishments such as knowledge acquired and impression of academic offerings. A cursory review of returned survey data showed both the assets and liabilities inherent in sampling, and supported the theory that fractional sampling is likely to be skewed at some level. The project concluded that institutions desiring the most explicit data for self-evaluation should consider the merits of techniques used, the inherent data limitations that accompany those methodologies, and the intrinsic restrictions of interpretation embedded in the assessment instruments of choice. (Contains survey). (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Crowder Coll., Neosho, MO.