ERIC Number: ED394599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
What Are the Roles of the Chair, Faculty Member, and Dean in Student Assessment?
As state governments and the public demand greater accountability from community and technical colleges, increasing focus is placed on the concept of assessing student academic achievement. To be effective, assessment processes should provide institutions with information that helps develop specific plans for improving operations. While processes for implementing assessment programs vary, basic steps include articulating the mission, establishing a planning mechanism, developing an evaluation system that determines if objectives were met, identifying critical areas of success, establishing priority standards upon which the college can judge effectiveness, determining mechanisms for documenting outcomes, and utilizing assessment results for decision making. To be effective, assessment programs should flow from the institution's mission; have a clear conceptual framework; include faculty ownership and responsibility; have institution-wide support; use multiple measures to determine student achievement; provide feedback to students and the institution; be cost-effective; not restrict or inhibit goals of access, equity, and diversity; lead to improvement; and include a process for evaluating the assessment program. Finally, the importance of faculty support for any assessment program cannot be overestimated and for assessment programs to prosper, institutions should create an environment in which risk-taking and experimentation are encouraged. Contains 12 references. (TGI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Educational Quality, Guidelines, Organizational Climate, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Evaluation, Teacher Role, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.