ERIC Number: ED500004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Reference Count: 24
A Culture of Evidence: Postsecondary Assessment and Learning Outcomes. Recommendations to Policymakers and the Higher Education Community
Dwyer, Carol A.; Millett, Catherine M.; Payne, David G.
Educational Testing Service
Developing a comprehensive strategy for postsecondary education that will meet the needs of America's diverse population and help ensure our ability to compete in the global economy is vital to the growth of our nation. Key to improving performance of our colleges and universities is measuring that performance. In this paper, the authors assert that to understand the value added to student inputs by the college experience, it is essential to address three measurements: student input measures, student output measures, and a measure of change between inputs and outputs. The paper also briefly reviews principles of fair and valid testing that pertain to the assessments being recommended. (Contains 11 endnotes, 1 table, and 2 figures.)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, General Education, Thinking Skills, Labor Force, Readiness, Academic Achievement, Interpersonal Competence, Student Participation, Test Construction, Higher Education, Accountability, Institutional Characteristics, Input Output Analysis, Test Validity, Accreditation (Institutions)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Adult Literacy; National Survey of Student Engagement