ERIC Number: ED394393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
A Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement, 1996.
Van Kollenburg, Susan E., Ed.
This collection presents 68 papers or summaries presented at a 1996 conference on self-study and institutional improvement for institutions of higher education. Papers are grouped in the following 10 chapters (with sample topics in parentheses): (1) "Integrity and Accreditation: Current Issues" (intercollegiate athletics, nontraditional students, electronically offered programs, and interinstitutional agreements); (2) "Integrity and Accreditation: Focus on Faculty" (faculty burnout, faculty governance, and integration of part-time and adjunct faculty); (3) "Integrity and Accreditation: Improving Retention/Completion Rates" (the accelerated baccalaureate degree, community college-university collaboration, barriers to timely degree completion); (4) "General Education/Critical Thinking" (critical thinking, assessment of general education, and competency-based general education); (5) "Assessing Student Learning: Implementing the Assessment Plan" (assessment at Ball State University--Indiana, a culture of assessment for improvement, and comprehensive assessment plans); (6) "Assessing Student Learning: Relating Assessment of Student Academic Achievement to Institutional Effectiveness" (institutional effectiveness and continuous improvement, and linking institutional effectiveness and assessment); (7) "Assessing Student Learning: Tools of Assessment" (technology and assessment, educational outcomes assessment, and student academic achievement in graduate programs); (8) "Assessing Student Learning: The Role of Faculty in Assessment Plans and Programs" (decentralization and faculty ownership, the role of faculty in assessment at Ohio Wesleyan University, and faculty participation in student learning outcomes assessment); (9) "From Self-Study to Site Visit: Case Studies" (14 critical choices in the self-study process, and a case study of the reaccreditation process); (10) "The Role and Responsibilities of the Self-Study Coordinator" (a 12-part process, practical planning procedures, using an institutional self-study guide, and strategic planning); (11) "Self-Study and Evaluation: Practical Advice" (community involvement, the steering committee, the team visit, and self-study for the multi-campus institution); and (12) "Coordinating Special Types of Evaluation" (institutions seeking initial candidacy, using the new criteria, and the mandated focused visit). (Most papers contain references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, College Faculty, College Outcomes Assessment, Critical Thinking, Educational Quality, General Education, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Program Improvement, Quality Control, Self Evaluation (Groups), Standards, Student Evaluation
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504 ($12).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, New York, NY. College Retirement Equities Fund.
Authoring Institution: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL. Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Note: Prepared for the program of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (101st, Chicago, IL, March 23-26, 1996).