ERIC Number: ED463790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Opportunities for Improvement: Advice from Consultant-Evaluators on Programs To Assess Student Learning.
Lopez, Cecilia L.
This report includes comments and recommendations from a group of consultant-evaluators at the North Central Accreditation Commission (NCA), assessing different student learning evaluation techniques utilized by 440 higher education institutions, including 162 two-year colleges. Recommendations include linking the assessment of student learning with other institutional effectiveness evaluations. Faculty participation in evaluation efforts is viewed as a necessity by NCA consultants. The hiring of an assessment administrator is also recommended in the report. The report offers methodology and measurement suggestions for assessing student learning, including subject matter pre- and post-tests, random sampling of classes to ensure reliability and validity, national standardized tests, student exit interviews, alumni surveys, employer surveys, transfer rates, and job placement data. NCA consultants report that institutions may assess students' cognitive, behavioral, and/or affective learning. The report provides a list of the traits present in higher education institutions with strong commitment and support for assessing student learning; for example, strong governing board support, campus-wide data collection office and system, and many published reports of student learning assessments. A list of traits present at institutions with weak commitment and support is also provided in the report. (MKF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Basic Skills, College Role, Community Colleges, Degrees (Academic), Education Work Relationship, Educational Facilities, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Enrollment, Information Networks, Outcomes of Education, Program Implementation, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.ncahigher/learningcommission.org/resources/ assessment/97ASSESS.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL. Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.