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ERIC Number: ED534029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 159
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1248-4173-1
Assessment for Improvement in Higher Education: Faculty Perception of and Participation in Program Assessment
Emil, Serap
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Portland State University
Driven by issues of accountability, the assessment movement in higher education has gained significant momentum in recent years. However, successful implementation of assessment processes varies radically across institutions and organizational units. A key issue is faculty engagement. This qualitative case study explored factors that impact faculty participation in a professional school assessment initiative. Findings indicate that factors related to individual faculty characteristics (e.g., career preparation, knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes) and institutional characteristics (e.g., leadership, resources, reward structures, work environment, and technology) influence faculty members engagement in assessment activities. To support faculty adoption of and participation in assessment efforts, leaders need to provide a clear vision, professional expectations, and appropriate resource support to connect assessment efforts to organizational enhancement and effective student learning. Moreover, goal congruence between faculty and educational organization will create an environment, where faculty members can leverage their existing values, transfer their past experiences in regard to assessment. In turn, faculty can utilize engagement in assessment activities as a form of inquiry that leads to teaching and program improvement. Combined, a culture of assessment can be created that is integral rather than additive to teaching, learning, and scholarship. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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