ERIC Number: ED321825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Project Cooperation: Designing and Implementing Models of Outcomes Assessments for Two-Year Institutions. Report on Project Cooperation Summer Conference for Demonstration Sites (Nashville, Tennessee, July 9-11, 1989).
Cowart, Susan Cooper
In July 1989, the members of Project Cooperation, 10 community colleges that had been invited to serve as demonstration sites for research on institutional effectiveness, were brought together for the second national colloquium on institutional effectiveness through outcomes measures. This report contains the presentations made at the colloquium and summaries of subsequent group discussions and break-out groups' reports. The first presentation was "Assessing Institutional Effectiveness," by John Harris, which focused on the evaluation of assessment instruments, selection vs. criterion testing, assessment in accreditation and self-study, assessment and the improvement of educational quality, quality improvement in a global context, the Deming Approach to quality control, inspection vs. process improvement, continuity, training, and leadership. The second presentation was "Outcomes Assessment in Action: The Northeast Missouri State University Experience," by Terry B. Smith, which covered the creation of an assessment program; value-added assessment; stages of the assessment experience (i.e., readiness, implementation, acceptance, and commitment); and eight ingredients for success (i.e., large-scale student assessment, multiple measures, faculty ownership, student acceptance, assessment at all appropriate levels, usable and understandable data, flexibility, and the use of data to improve not punish). The final presentation was "Student Assessment Practices in the Community College: Current State, Desired State, Getting There From Here," by Kay McClenney. McClenney provided a brief overview of the current status of assessment in community colleges, propositions regarding desired future characteristics and directions for assessment programs, and key considerations in the development and implementation of assessment programs on local campuses. Lists of participants and their institutions, and of discussion group members are appended. (JMC)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, College Planning, College Students, Community Colleges, Conferences, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Graduate Surveys, Group Discussion, Institutional Cooperation, Institutional Evaluation, Meetings, Models, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Student Development, Washington, DC.; American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC. National Council of Instructional Administrators.; American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA. Research Div.