ERIC Number: ED340328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
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The Development of a Core Curriculum Outcomes Assessment Plan for Brenau Women's College.
Robinson, Patricia Webster
This paper presents results and recommendations from a literature review, the purpose of which was to: (1) find the best structure and content for a core curricular assessment plan at Brenau Women's College (Georgia); and (2) determine a reasonable evaluation plan of the core curricular assessment plan once it is implemented. The literature also sought to trace the evolution of the outcomes assessment movement, locate literature on the Southern Association's institutional effectiveness criteria, and determine the current practices among five other institutions. Additionally, Brenau records were examined to determine the college's current direction. An assessment plan was developed that ultimately contained a goal statement, nine assumptions, eight assessment elements, and a plan for both formative and summative evaluation of the plan. It was also determined that the plan appeared to respond to the college's mission. The literature review concluded that an assessment should have both external accountability and internal improvement foci; that there is no single correct approach; that predictable pitfalls require attention; and that standardized testing and portfolio assessment has both advantages and disadvantages. Recommendations are presented. Appendices include the taxonomy of outcomes for the college core curriculum, interview questions and summaries, and Brenau's core curriculum assessment plan. Contains a 108-item bibliography. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Institutional Mission, Interviews, Literature Reviews, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, School Effectiveness, Single Sex Colleges, Summative Evaluation, Womens Education
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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