ERIC Number: ED458855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Proving and Improving: Strategies for Assessing the First College Year. The First-Year Experience Monograph Series.
Swing, Randy L., Ed.
The essays in this collection, initially written for an online audience, focus on the philosophy, methods, and outcomes of assessing the first-year experience of college students. Several recurrent themes highlight general agreement about best practices in first-year assessment, but the collection contains some differences of opinion also. The essays of the first section, "Overview & Rationale," are: (1) "Observations on Assessing The First-Year Experience" (Peter Ewell); (2) "Assessing the First-Year Student Experience: A Framework" (M. Lee Upcraft and John H. Schuh); (3) "Collaboration: The Key to Visible and Credible Assessment Efforts" (Patrick T. Terenzini); (4) "Spurring Our Professional Curiosity about The First-Year Experience" (Karl L. Schilling); and (5) "Assessing the First Year at a Community College" (Trudy Bers). The second section, "Methods & Tools for Assessment," contains: (6) "Assessment of The First-Year Experience: Six Significant Questions" (Joseph B. Cuseo); (7) "Assessment Resources on the Web" (Randy L. Swing); (8) "Developmental Theory as a Basis for Assessment" (Nancy J. Evans); (9) "Technology-Supported Assessment" (Randy L. Swing); (10) "Using the SWOT Analysis To Assess a First-Year Program" (Brenda C. Moore); (11) "The Power of Benchmarking" (Glenn Detrick and Joseph A. Pica); (12) "Tools for Assessing the First-Year Student Experience" (George D. Kuh); (13) "Course-Evaluation Surveys and the First-Year Seminar: Recommendations for Use" (Joseph B. Cuseo); (14) "The Mystery Shopper Program: An Innovative Tool for Assessing Performance" (Charles Schroeder); (15) "Retention Research with a National Database" (Stephen R. Porter); (16) "The Role of Students in Assessment" (Catherine A. Palomba); and (17) "Closing the Loop: Assessment Data for Decision Makers" (Kinney Baughman and Randy L. Swing). The third section, "Program & Institutional Examples," contains: (18) "First-Year Experience Jeopardy" (Betsy O. Barefoot); (19) "Assessing Curricular Learning Communities" (Jodi H. Levine); and (20) "IUPUI--University College Assessment" (Trudy W. Banta). Section 4, "Conclusions & Recommendations," contains: (21) "Highlights from the 1999 and 2000 AAHE Assessment Conferences" (Linda Suskie); and (22) "The Jury Is In" (John N. Gardner). Each chapter contains references. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, Educational Environment, Educational Experience, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Program Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Adjustment
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina, 1629 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29208 ($20 plus $5.50 shipping). Tel: 803-777-6029 (Toll Free); Fax: 803-777-4699; Web site: http://www.sc.edu/fye
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
Note: Also sponsored by Atlantic Philanthropies. Also produced by Policy Center on the First Year of College, Brevard College.