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ERIC Number: ED504376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb-14
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
The Changing Nature of the Comprehensive Assessment as the Culminating Experience for the Acquisition of the Master's Degree. IR Applications. Volume 8
Deutsch, Leonard J.; Nicholson, Barbara L.
Association for Institutional Research (NJ1)
There was a time when virtually all students pursuing the master's degree were required to submit to and successfully complete comprehensive examinations, most of which featured both written and oral elements. In this more traditional period, the acquisition of the master's degree was in large part a qualifying ritual for admission to a Ph.D. program which, in turn, assumed a subsequent professional life in the academy. With the gradual shift in the character of the degree from the purely academic to the at least quasi-professional, alternative approaches to evaluating student performance are emerging as exit requirements for the master's degree. This paper reports the results of a survey, featuring both quantitative and qualitative components, designed to investigate the status of the traditional comprehensive examination, as well as the nature and distribution of alternative assessment methods. (Contains 1 endnote and 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research