ERIC Number: ED306863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Project for Area Concentration Achievement Testing (PACAT).
Austin Peay State Univ., Clarksville, TN.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
The history of the Project for Area Concentration Achievement Testing (PACAT), a university based national curriculum assessment project, is described in this report. The project performs surveys of academic curricula by content area, collects examination items from the faculty of participating departments, and constructs, distributes, and scores the Area Concentration Achievement Test (ACAT). PACAT serves academic departments by providing the results of the national curriculum surveys which permit them to compare their requirements to those of other institutions. It also furnishes exit examinations intended to provide enhanced feedback about student performance and curriculum. To date more than 1,300 tests have been administered at public and private postsecondary institutions in several states. PACAT is responding to a need within the academic community for new assessment models intended for outcomes assessment where both students and curricula are being evaluated. Preliminary data collected by the project indicate strong support from the academic community for the curriculum surveys and a three-fold increase in 2 years in the number of ACATs administered. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Austin Peay State Univ., Clarksville, TN.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.