ERIC Number: ED416732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Assessment: A Moving Target with Rising Expectations.
Murphy, Patricia D.; Harrold, Robert L.
This paper outlines the changing assessment requirements of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) in regard to undergraduate and graduate education. It notes that although the NCA initiative on assessment has been in place since 1989, institutions are at various stages in their development and implementation of assessment plans and programs. Assessment activities are expected to evaluate learning outcomes in the general education component of programs, in the major, and in graduate and professional education programs. In recent years the NCA has required evidence of the use of assessment data in making improvements in learning and instruction; also, assessment data is expected to contribute to decision making, curriculum revisions, faculty development, improvement of faculty teaching, improvement of student learning, and to have a role in planning, budgeting, and faculty rewards. Overall, institutions are expected to have in place policies and procedures that make assessment "count". Suggestions are included for helping institutions use the assessment process to improve learning, program review, planning, and budgeting. (Contains 14 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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