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ERIC Number: ED279226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
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Assessment and the Variety of Its Forms. A Report Prepared for the Task Force on Planning and Quality Assessment of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.
Mingle, James R.
Issues concerning quality assessment and academic accountability in higher education are considered, with a focus on the use of assessment as a tool for curriculum reform through program and institutional evaluation processes. For the following types of assessment, attention is directed to the scope and purposes of assessment, the instruments being used, costs (if known), and some examples of institutions or sytems using the approach: value-added assessment, competency-based curricula and assessment programs, general education curriculum assessments, rising junior (for determination of eligibility to take upper division courses or graduation from two-year programs) and exit exams, follow-up studies of graduates and dropouts, program reviews, indicators of stress, and system effectiveness. Seven assessment strategies that might be adopted by state boards are identified, including to: provide financial rewards for conducting an assessment, establish competitive grant programs for colleges seeking to improve instruction through assessment, seek legislative support for a faculty development program to improve the use of assessment and study of the teaching/learning process, and sponsor statewide forums about quality assessment. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Programs, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Dropout Research, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Educational Testing, Evaluation Methods, Followup Studies, General Education, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Minimum Competency Testing, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, State Boards of Education, Student Evaluation, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.