ERIC Number: ED251036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
In Pursuit of Degrees With Integrity: A Value Added Approach to Undergraduate Assessment.
Northeast Missouri State Univ., Kirksville.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
The Value-Added Program at Northeast Missouri State University is discussed. The value-added approach emphasizes the use of existing resources to enhance student learning, as well as the evaluation of student learning and personal development through regular assessment. To indicate the need for a value-added approach, the current crises confronting higher education are reviewed, along with both traditional and value-added responses to dealing with these problems. Information is also provided on how the value-added approach relates to academic standards, measurements, and other data. Prerequisites for implementing this approach at a college or university are considered, including having clear goals and objectives, the capacity to collect and monitor student progress, and an evaluation strategy. Attention is also directed to: basic challenges in implementing the value-added approach, assessing quality, measurement and curriculum, student motivation, and validity. Five case studies designed to demonstrate how the value-added approach has provided the perspective and mechanisms for solving concrete problems are presented. Appendices include information on the assessment instruments, three newspaper articles, and the Northeast Missouri State University Graduating Student Questionnaire. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, Case Studies, Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Problem Solving, Questionnaires, Student Evaluation, Undergraduate Study
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, One Dupont Circle, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036-1193.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northeast Missouri State Univ., Kirksville.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.