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ERIC Number: ED363177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-1
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
National Assessment of College Student Learning: A Status Report.
Corrallo, S.
This status report discusses the issues and concerns of assessing, at a national level, the ability of college graduates to think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively (National Education Goal 5). Two workshops have been held on the issue and participants indicated that assessment requires a working consensus on the specific skills to be measured and must be considered from the perspective of the teaching/learning experience as a whole. The report notes that a delphi study is planned involving faculty, employers, policymakers, and others which will attempt to develop a working consensus concerning workplace and citizenship skill needs of the larger community. This study will be followed by a more formal process to design a process to assess the teaching and learning of these skills. Activities to date have found that the greatest concern is not whether skills and abilities are identified and validated, but how they should be assessed. From the institutional perspective the concern is that assessments focusing on workplace and citizenship skills may cause a reshaping of the role of many colleges, and that development of workplace/citizenship skills may sometimes be inconsistent with the individual freedoms of students and faculty. Concluding comments argue that, based on the reasons given by students for attending college, the identification and assessment of workplace/citizenship skills is relevant in today's world. (Contains four references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A