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ERIC Number: ED374734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-28
Pages: 52
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The Assessment Process: Lessons for Liberal Arts Colleges.
Bingham, Nelson; Clark, Len
Responding to an accrediting agency mandate for assessment of student outcomes. Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana), a liberal arts college, developed and implemented an assessment plan. The process began with review of the institutional identity and early identification of the philosophy and principles to guide the process. A timetable was developed beginning 20 months before a scheduled site visit from the accrediting agency. Other early steps included reviewing assessment practices already taking place, and development of the assessment plan by the curricular policy committee. Each academic unit submitted a self-study report. The assessment plan included a timetable for gathering and disseminating assessment data on the general education of Earlham students. The plan also required individual departments to indicate current and proposed forms of student academic assessment for their student majors. Lessons emerging from the experience suggested the importance of keeping the process at a grass roots level, evolving the assessment approach gradually, and integrating the assessment with other data collection efforts on campus. Appended material includes the revised self-study general plan, background information on the North Central Accreditation process, review of existing assessment data, a 5-year assessment plan, a summary of general education goals, and plans for student outcome assessment by department. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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