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ERIC Number: ED279228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Measurement of Student Achievement and the Assurance of Quality in Virginia Higher Education. Report of a Study Conducted by the Council of Higher Education for Virginia to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. Senate Document No. 14.
Potter, David L.; McMillan, James H.
A report on ways to measure student achievement to assure quality higher education in Virginia is presented. Attention is directed to: achievement measurement cited in the literature; notable assessment programs at colleges and states outside Virginia; efforts at Virginia's public colleges and universities to measure student achievement, with special focus on a pilot program being implemented by James Madison University (JMU); and recommendations to establish assessment policies and procedures at Virginia's state-supported colleges. A majority of Virginia's community colleges conduct follow-up studies of graduates and some survey dropouts. Student assessment to determine need for remediation is also undertaken. JMU is exploring ways to determine student achievement and has identified four evaluation models that will be tested in four academic departments. Six recommendations for the state are offered, including the following: educators should strengthen the academic relationship between secondary and higher education; state-supported colleges should establish procedures and programs to measure student achievement; and colleges should provide remedial education for students who do not meet the level of skills required. Legislation and a bibliography are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Advisory Committees, Articulation (Education), College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Public Colleges, Public Policy, Remedial Instruction, State Colleges, State Universities, Statewide Planning, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State General Assembly, Richmond. Senate.; Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia