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ERIC Number: ED400760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An Academic Department's Response to Outcomes Assessment.
Derlin, Roberta; And Others
Institutions of higher education are responding to increasing demands for accountability at all levels of government. The demands are also coming from regional accrediting associations in the form of a call for institutions to document their efforts in the areas of effectiveness and outcome assessment. This paper describes briefly this accreditation requirement. It presents one instructional department's response to outcomes assessment and student academic achievement and the direction it has taken for self assessment and improvement. Several models of outcomes assessment are discussed as are the detractors to self improvement in teaching that are presented by the mission of a research institution. The Department of Educational Management and Development at New Mexico State University has begun charting departmental goals, student learner outcomes, and assessments in relation to external standards. The faculty will identify how the evidence of student learning outcomes will be connected to instructional strategies and a review is being made of syllabi, assigned individual student and group activities, and assessments of all departmental courses. The process of outcomes assessment provides the identification of areas for self-improvement and the prioritization of items for immediate and future action which suggest that one of the promises of this assessment, continuous self improvement, will result in time. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A