ERIC Number: ED381100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Campuses and Student Assessment.
Hexter, Holly; Lippincott, Joan K.
Research Briefs, v1 n8 1990
This research brief highlights data from surveys of college administrators on the status of assessment policies and practices. The surveys addressed approaches to assessment, external mandates prompting assessment activity, skills or outcomes that are being assessed, assessment methods and procedures, and use of assessment results. The surveys found that about 80 percent of colleges report that they are conducting some form of student assessment. Fewer than 20 percent of large research universities assess growth in academic skills or personal development. Assessment mostly takes the form of measuring basic college-level skills and higher-order writing skills. For the future, colleges expect to give more attention to critical thinking, problem solving skills, and long-term outcomes. Colleges are using assessment results for curriculum planning and program evaluation more often than for reports to external constituencies. Implications of the survey findings are discussed. A table compares 1988 and 1990 responses to surveys on assessment. Contains 5 reference notes, 3 data resources, and 12 references. (JDD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Administration, College Outcomes Assessment, College Students, Compliance (Legal), Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Higher Education, Student Development, Student Evaluation
Publications, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (single copy, $10; annual subscription, $58; 10 percent member discount).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Policy Analysis and Research.