ERIC Number: ED469487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
"The Illinois Commitment" Goal 5 Requirement: Assessment of Student Learning and Improving Program Quality. Putting Students First: Assessing the Mastery of Student Learning.
Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.
Goal 5 of "The Illinois Commitment," strategic plan for higher education in Illinois, stipulates that by 2004, all academic programs will systematically assess student learning and use assessment results to improve programs. This paper provides the history and context for the systematic assessment of student learning, including end-of-program evaluation. It also provides the definition of "assessment of student learning" used by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and it clarifies the connections between assessment for student learning and other quality assurance elements established by the Board. The paper highlights the evidence needed for the assurance of quality, improvement, and accountability, and it proposes next steps and timelines for collaboration and the implementation of Goal 5 requirements. Key elements for "The Illinois Commitment" assessment of student learning are: (1) a statement of program goals and intended student learning outcomes developed by each program's faculty to reflect the uniqueness of that program; (2) systematic assessment of student learning using multiple qualitative and quantitative measures; (3) feedback from key stakeholders; (4) evidence of a formal and effective feedback/improvement mechanism; (5) monitoring of findings and recommendations by the institution at least once a year; and (6) assessment and improvement results submitted to the Illinois Board of Higher Education as part of an institution's normal schedule. Statewide conversations and workshops are planned to promote discussion about the Goal 5 objectives. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Feedback, Higher Education, State Programs, Student Evaluation
For full text: http://www.ibhe.state.il.us/Academic%20Affairs/Conference/2002/White%20Paper.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois