ERIC Number: ED311841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Students and Learning at the University of Arizona: Annual Report to the Associate Vice President of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education.
Dinham, Sarah M.
The University of Arizona's (UA) Assessment Plan was established in the spring of 1987 when a Task Force of 20 presented a report on assessment of undergraduate education. The Task Force's underlying assessment principles include faculty leadership, multidimensional view of quality, multiple methods of assessment, multiple sources of information, and use of existing data where possible. A conceptualization of the Arizona Model guided the Task Force's design of the UA assessment program. The Task Force recommended and implemented establishment of a Center for Research on Undergraduate Education as the coordinating office for assessment efforts. Four sections are as follows: summary of the UA assessment plan; implementation during 1988-1989 (current, ongoing assessment efforts, incorporating assessment into ongoing department activity, assessment of general education, studies of students' experiences and achievements at UA, and the UA as a model for other research universities); outcomes of projects/studies undertaken during 1988-1989 (students, teaching, learning, and educational outcomes); and plans for 1989-1990 (faculty and staff involvement, studies of students' experiences and achievements, and assessing minority recruitment and retention). Three illustrations are appended (a sample letter of a freshman writing to a friend, a sample letter of a senior writing home, and some outcomes of college education). (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Center for Research on Undergraduate Education.