ERIC Number: ED470578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing a Comprehensive Institutional Assessment Program: Using the CIRP/HERI Surveys for Campus Improvement.
Higher Education Research Inst., Inc., Los Angeles, CA.
When used proactively and comprehensively, assessment can be a powerful tool for evaluating the effectiveness of existing programs and practices and for identifying areas for institutional enhancement. This paper describes using the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) and Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) surveys for campus improvement in association with the Input-Environment-Outcome Model (A. Astin), an approach that takes into consideration what happens between the input and the outcomes to determine causality more accurately. The IEO model is particularly useful for assessments because it is designed to control for the nonrandom assignment of people (inputs) to programs (environments). The HERI oversees the administration of four survey instruments that can assist institutions in evaluating the impact of change on their campuses: (1) the CIRP Freshman Survey, completed annually by more than 400,000 college freshmen; (2) Your First College Year Survey, designed to assess the academic and personal development of students over the first year of college; (3) the College Student Survey, administered toward the end of students' undergraduate careers; and (4) the HERI Faculty Survey, administered every 3 years. Examples of the use of these surveys by four institutions are provided. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Educational Assessment, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Pretests Posttests, Student Surveys
Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, R 3005 Moore Hall, Box 951521, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521. Tel: 310-825-1925; e-mail: HERI@ucla.edu/heri/heri.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Research Inst., Inc., Los Angeles, CA.