ERIC Number: ED363161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec-13
The Assessment of Educational Outcomes.
This final report describes activities of a project which addresses issues concerning assessment in higher education through forums, papers, and development and dissemination of resources on activities in the states. In particular the project sought to explore how state initiatives to improve undergraduate education through assessment can be designed and implemented to foster institutional initiative and reform. Among the project's activities were the formation and convening of an assessment advisory committee, invitational seminars on assessment designed to bring together state and academic leaders, sessions at national forums and annual meetings, publication and dissemination of a set of working papers on state policy and assessment, and publication and dissemination of a policy guide for state leaders. The project's efforts led to the following key conclusions: (1) the most critical ingredient of an effective state assessment policy is having a clear purpose; (2) states can use assessment policy to address many objectives; (3) assessment results have been primarily used at the local level to improve teaching within a college, department or program; and (4) to be effective, assessment standards need to be linked with other levers for change. Extensive attachments include a fact sheet, lists of seminar agendas and participants, annual meeting agendas, and marketing materials. (JB)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, State Action, State Departments of Education, State Government, State Programs, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: For Project Reports, see ED 348 400, ED 340 752, ED 340 289, ED 333 800, and ED 321 701-703.