ERIC Number: ED363227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Student Outcomes Assessment: What Makes it Work? Assessment Practices & Experiences in the California State University.
California State Univ. and Colleges, Long Beach. Inst. for Teaching and Learning.
This monograph is a collection of papers that emerged from a project evaluating the implementation of college outcomes assessment at the campuses of the California State University (CSU) system. Fifteen pilot projects integrated their outcomes assessment in the academic majors and in general education from 1986 to 1990 and the projects were then evaluated to validate project results for dissemination to other institutions. Chapters 1 and 2, "Evaluation of Student Outcomes Assessment Pilot Projects in the California State University" (Matt L. Riggs and Joanna S. Worthley) and "Lessons from Pilot Projects" (Worthley and Riggs), present the findings of that 2-year evaluation including description of the study design and data and lessons gleaned from the study. Chapter 3, "The Evolution of Student Outcomes Assessment: Politics and Collegiality" by Bernard Goldstein and Frank Young, documents the policy environment for CSU's faculty-driven, campus-based approach to assessment. Chapters 4 and 5 provide case studies of the transformation that occurred at CSU Fresno and Sonoma State University; the chapters are titled: "Portfolios in the Major: A 'Success' Story" (Lu Mattson) and "Integrated Program Review: Lessons from Assessment Research at California State University, Fresno" (Priscilla Chaffe-Stengel). Chapter 6, "Assessment and Equity in the California State University" (Ming Lee) describes SCU systemwide assessment practices and provides examples of how assessment programs may be adapted to meet various needs of a diverse student population. The last chapter is by Ralph A. Wolff and is titled: "CSU and Assessment--Second Down and Eight Yards to Go: A View from the Scrimmage Line." This chapter describes patterns that have emerged from the cycle of campus visits and offers concluding recommendations for campus assessment programs. Appendixes list members of the project steering committee and campus pilot directors. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Case Studies, College Outcomes Assessment, Equal Education, Evaluation Research, Higher Education, Methods, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Universities, Student Evaluation
Institute for Teaching and Learning, Office of the Chancellor, The California State University, 400 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802-4275 (book: $15; video: $20; both: $30).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ. and Colleges, Long Beach. Inst. for Teaching and Learning.