ERIC Number: ED353285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Baseline Characteristics of Successful Programs of Student Outcomes Assessment.
Riggs, Matt L.; Worthley, Joanna S.
A meta-assessment is provided of 15 pilot projects aimed at demonstrating how student outcomes of various kinds can be used to assess the effectiveness of general education and baccalaureate degree programs. The Student Outcomes Assessment projects funded by Academic Program Improvement grants of the California state university system, have developed and field tested a variety of assessment measures and instruments, including portfolios, interviews, senior and capstone projects, surveys, and examinations. Factors that may have contributed to the outcomes were evaluated, with relevant variables conceptualized within the categories of assessment environment, assessment methods, and assessment outcomes. Evidence for many of the direct and indirect outcomes proved difficult to evaluate, in part because some of the target outcomes are long-term effects that would require longitudinal measurement. The outcome that appeared to be the best index of project effectiveness was dissemination of results. Information sharing was consistently identified as an important outcome of project involvement. Human resources were the most important environmental variables, while the key methodological variable was development or adoption of adequate measures of outcomes. Six tables present information about the projects, and there is one figure of factors and outcomes. (SLD)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, College Students, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, General Education, Grants, Higher Education, Human Resources, Information Dissemination, Outcomes of Education, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Research Projects, State Programs, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: California