ERIC Number: ED400020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Report on Outcomes Assessment in the Montana University System and Community Colleges.
Cowen, Sonia S.
Prepared as part of a review of outcomes assessment programs at the six universities and three community colleges of the Montana University System, this report reviews existing or planned assessment initiatives and provides recommendations. Following an introduction, the historical context of outcomes assessment is described, highlighting developments at the national and local levels and related national legislation. Next, the current status of outcomes assessment in the System is discussed, focusing on the following elements: (1) the role and responsibilities of each unit of the System; (2) existing activities at individual campuses, including proficiency assessment for students pursuing education degrees, student-tracking systems, and early academic intervention; (3) recently developed activities, including the development at one campus of an Assessment Committee; (4) planned activities, such as analyses of graduate placement and satisfaction and an economic impact study; and (5) current and anticipated fiscal needs. A review of specific issues associated with the implementation and consequences of assessment is then presented. Finally, specific recommendations for encouraging assessment activities on campuses are provided, emphasizing the need to develop and implement specific student and teaching assessment activities to achieve institutional improvements and allocating fiscal resources for practices designed to improve learning. Contains 19 references. (TGI)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, College Planning, Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Needs Assessment, Organizational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, School Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), Statewide Planning, Two Year Colleges, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montana Univ. System, Helena. Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.