ERIC Number: ED373820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug-2
Assessing General Education: Selection and Implementation of an Instrument To Satisfy Internal and External Constituencies.
Chen, HongYu; And Others
As part of an effort to develop strategies for measuring institutional effectiveness, a study was conducted at West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WVU-P), a two-year institution with an enrollment of nearly 4,000 students, to determine the most appropriate instrument for measuring gains in general education between incoming freshman (i.e., with 15 or fewer credit hours) and near completers (i.e., with more than 45 but fewer than 75 credit hours). WVU-P reviewed five assessment instruments available for measuring general education attainment, electing to pilot test short forms of the Academic Profile (AP) and the College BASE (CB). The AP was administered to 69 students and the CB was administered to 48, while the total sample population had a mean age of 24.6 and was 57.4% female. The mean score for the AP was 444, with a standard deviation of 15.7, compared to a mean AP score of 443 nationwide. The CB mean score for English was 268, with a standard deviation of 64, and 196 for mathematics, with a standard deviation of 46. Test scores indicate that entering WVU-P students are below the national average in general education, but after completion of 45 credit hours, students are generally above the national average. Moreover, the AP was found to be a more consistent and statistically meaningful measure than the CB with respect to differences between incoming freshmen and near-completers in general education. Report of Student Outcome Assessment Tests Analysis is appended. Contains eight references. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association for Community College Research (23rd, Savannah, GA, August 1-3, 1994).