ERIC Number: ED399839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
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)
Descriptors: Administrators, Change Strategies, College Faculty, College Outcomes Assessment, College Programs, Educational Assessment, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Long Range Planning, Needs Assessment, Regional Programs, Surveys
Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.