ERIC Number: ED332649
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
[Appalachian College Assessment Consortium Project.]
Elton, Charles F.; Carey, Karen W.
The report describes the Appalachian College Assessment Project, which developed a consortium to assess cooperatively the outcomes of the general education programs of a group of private liberal arts colleges in central Appalachia. Evaluation methods included a freshman/senior essay, the Academic Profile, the Pace College Student Experiences Questionnaire, and senior interviews. The structured group interview process, developed in the consortium, has proven to be the most productive of the assessment methods. The senior interview involves one faculty member and several students for an intensive 2-hour conversation and has been highly rated by both students and faculty. Over the 3 project years, approximately 250 faculty and about 1260 students have participated in the interviews. Interviews were analyzed in relation to college goals, and each college was provided a written analysis of interview results. A series of conferences on assessment and general education provided faculty development as well as consortium direction. The consortium also provided a meaningful comparison group of similar institutions for individual colleges. The bulk of the document is made up of five appendixes which provide: the guidelines used in conducting the interviews; a sample transcript and analysis; guidelines for the freshman-senior essays; information on the Assessment Institute; and information on the assessment consortium conferences. (DB)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Consortia, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, General Education, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Interviews, Liberal Arts, Private Colleges, Program Development, Regional Programs, Self Evaluation (Groups), Small Colleges, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington.