ERIC Number: ED306809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Benefits and Costs of Assessment in Higher Education: A Framework for Policy Choice and Comparison.
Ewell, Peter T.
An analysis of what is currently known about the benefits and costs of assessment programs from the general perspective of state higher education policy is presented as a working paper in the final report of the Arizona Board of Regents' Task Force on Excellence, Efficiency and Competition. State and institutional approaches to assessment in higher education are discussed, and common components of assessment programs are listed. Various caveats on estimating the costs and benefits of assessment are presented. In order to understand the need for various types of assessment, an analytical framework encompassing different claims (costs and benefits of assessment) is required. Benefits and costs are arrayed against a range of parties at interest, including individual students, faculty, institutions, external constituents, and the public. Information is provided on benefits of assessment by identified parties at interest, dollar costs of assessment, and some externalities of assessment. Policy alternatives include: statewide testing of basic skills; and requiring institutions to undertake local assessment. Such a framework can help identify the major categories of cost and benefit associated with any assessment approach and with estimating trade-offs among different posed alternatives. Contains 40 references and 2 figures. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Board of Regents, Phoenix.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona