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ERIC Number: ED409765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May-8
Pages: 6
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Assessment of Student Learning in Graduate Programs.
Murphy, Patricia D.; Gerst, Jeffrey
This paper discusses the lack of effective assessment of student learning in graduate programs and presents the results of a case study designed to improve the assessment of graduate student learning at North Dakota State University (NDSU). Graduate faculty in several departments at NDSU decided to adapt Primary Traits Analysis (PTA) to graduate tasks in their master's and doctoral programs. PTA involves identifying the essential characteristics of successfully completed tasks or projects. Faculty began by specifying three to six student outcomes for each graduate program at each degree level. Departments then developed check sheets for use by faculty in assessing student performance on traits identified for the task. The faculty involved have concluded that PTA can be adapted for use by graduate faculty and that evidence for student assessment can be gathered that goes beyond "pass" and is useful in improvement efforts. (Contains 13 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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