ERIC Number: ED332625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Assessment: An In-depth Status Report on the Higher Education Assessment Movement in 1990. The First Report of a National Survey. Higher Education Panel Report Number 79.
Johnson, Reid; And Others
This study examined the prevalence amd progression toward generally accepted goals of comprehensive student assessment programs (CSAP) using data from the Higher Education Panel's stratified sample of 455 colleges and universities, of which 357 responded for a usable response rate of nearly 80%. The data indicated that about one-third of the nation's 2,600 nonspecialized degree-granting institutions had CSAPs in 1990. Among findings were the following: most institutions view their administration as the major force behind assessment; most institutions are addressing a broad range of student learning and development areas; 40% of institutions have established an assessment office; nearly 70% of respondents reported faculty as "moderately" or "strongly" involved in assessment planning or implementation; assessment leaders come from diverse backgrounds; 62% of respondents reported no detrimental effects or said it was too soon to cite liabilities; problems in implementation were student motivation/participation, financial support, faculty motivation/participation, availability of valid assessment methods, and use of results for program enhancement. Conclusions offer a 9-step CSAP development model based on findings, suggest some unanswered questions, and predict that the next 2 to 5 years will be crucial to the assessment movement. Detailed statistical tables and a copy of the student assessment survey are attached. (JB)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, College Students, Educational Assessment, Faculty, Higher Education, Self Evaluation (Groups)
Division of Policy Analysis and Research, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1193 (1-10 copies: $10.00 members, $13.00 non-members; 11 or more copies: $8.00 members, $11.00 non-members. All orders must be prepaid).
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, Columbia.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.; Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, SC.