ERIC Number: ED317146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Student Goals for Colleges and Courses: A Missing Link in Assessing and Improving Academic Achievement. ERIC Digest.
Stark, Joan S.; And Others
As the United States debates what it expects of college graduates and how to measure the achievement of these expectations, the goals of students frequently are overlooked. Goals are what individuals hope to achieve and accomplish. Currently most colleges collect information about the broad goals students hold for attending college as they enter, and the information is used for administrative planning or developing strategies to recruit and retain students. Some institutions also collect perceptions from graduating seniors and alumni about the extent to which they achieved their academic, personal, social, and vocational goals in college. Few institutions measure how student goals change from entrance to graduation or as a result of specific programs of study. Scholars have developed typologies related to student characteristics, which have been criticized for perpetuating stereotypes. New developments in social science can help guide development of a comprehensive course-specific goals inventory capable of illuminating the multidimensional goal patterns students bring to college and the classroom. Faculty can use course-level goals to improve teaching and assessment. An inventory will soon be available for use by classroom teachers and researchers. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Expectation, Higher Education, Self Concept, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.