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ERIC Number: ED524809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-7
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
The Pursuit of Increased Learning: Coalescing Assessment Strategies at a Large Research University. IR Applications. Volume 30
Kramer, Gary L.; Hanson, Coral M.; Olsen, Danny R.
Association for Institutional Research (NJ1)
Assessment drives significant change in higher education. Colleges and universities are being asked to (a) publish expected learning outcomes for each of their programs; (b) provide evidence that the expected learning outcomes are realized by students; and (c) demonstrate how such data collection and analyses lead to continuous improvement of student learning, the curriculum, and the university. This is a significant challenge, especially for large schools with many students. This paper presents (a) a working yet evolving model of an institutional assessment and analysis plan; (b) obstacles and challenges associated with implementing the plan; (c) innovative strategies--some technological--employed to address the obstacles and challenges; (d) a collegewide application of a systems approach to assessment; and (e) lessons learned and future strategies. Institutional, collegewide, discipline-specific, and individual faculty perspectives to a systems approach of bridging assessment, learning outcomes, and accreditation will be presented. The importance of student involvement throughout the process is highlighted. Brigham Young University (BYU) serves over 30,000 students across 11 colleges and 56 academic departments, offering over 400 degree-granting programs. During BYU's recent decennial regional accreditation, emphasis on assessment strategies and learning outcomes accountability was appropriately far reaching and has generated extensive response across the university community. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research
Identifiers - Location: Utah