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ERIC Number: ED399839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Outcomes Assessment in the Middle States Region. A Report on the 1995 Outcomes Assessment Survey.
Patton, Gerald W.; And Others
The Commission on Higher Education conducted a survey in 1995 of 495 member institutions of higher education, most in the Mid-Atlantic region, to determine their progress with outcomes assessment. Sixty-eight percent of the institutions responded, disclosing that: (1) more than half do not have an institution-wide plan for outcomes assessment though more than one-third have had such a plan for 3 or more years; (2) most institutions with a plan incorporate direct measures of institutional effectiveness, but few emphasize direct measures of teaching and learning; (3) the majority of institutions without a plan have completed no more than two or three of the nine steps considered prerequisite to developing a plan; (4) faculty and academic administrators tend to be involved in, respectively, developing assessment plans and continuous administration of those plans; (5) faculty resistance and a lack of sufficient human and financial resources are the chief barriers to implementing new assessment activities or sustaining existing initiatives; and (6) the Commission could be most helpful by publishing guidelines and conducting workshops and seminars to provide examples of effective assessment programs and strategies. (Author/MAH)
Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Commission on Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.