ERIC Number: ED323831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Questions Faculty Ask about Assessment.
Banta, Trudy W.
The paper examines varieties of program assessment in institutions of higher education and proposes a procedure to implement systematic assessment of program outcomes. Presented in a question-and-answer format, the paper first addresses common faculty concerns about formal assessment in sections titled, "Why Not Use GPA (Grade Point Average)?" and "Isn't Placement Our Best Indicator?" Assessment development and implementation are addressed in answers to the following questions: How much will this cost? How do we get started? Will standardized exams assess what we teach? Will local exams be any good? Will students cooperate in assessment? Will my work be recognized? How much time will this take? and What good will assessment do? The paper streses the importance of: viewing assessment as a priority for everyone within the institution; building assessment into established procedures (such as curriculum review, strategic planning, and peer review); and rewarding faculty and students for their involvement in assessment. Includes seven references. (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Assessment, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Outcomes of Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Student Educational Objectives, Testing
Learning Research Center, 1819 Andy Holt Ave., Knoxville, TN 37996-4350 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Learning Research Center.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Higher Education (Chicago, IL, April 1989). For related document, see HE 023 807.