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ERIC Number: ED535126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
Down and In: Assessment Practices at the Program Level
Ewell, Peter; Paulson, Karen; Kinzie, Jillian
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
Assessing the quality of undergraduate student learning continues to be a priority in U.S. postsecondary education. Although variations in outcome assessment practices have long been suspected, they have not been systematically documented. To follow up the 2009 National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) report on institutional assessment activity described by chief academic officers, NILOA surveyed program heads in the two and four-year sectors to gain a more complete picture of assessment activity at the program or department level. This report confirms the views of chief academic officers that there is considerable assessment activity at the program level. However, perceptions of program heads differ from chief academic officers in terms of the challenges that must be addressed to advance assessment on campus. The report also examines how specialized accreditation status influences the level of faculty involvement in assessment, and the differences by discipline in assessment practices and use of results. Information about the range and frequency of use of assessment practices documented in this report provides those responsible for assessment planning and implementation with information about how to take advantage of processes like program review to promote promising assessment practices. In addition, the report informs individuals responsible for implementing assessment at the program level as to what assessment practices are being used in their disciplines at other institutions. Appended are: (1) Methodology; and (2) Detailed Results by Discipline Groupings. (Contains 11 tables and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York; Lumina Foundation for Education; Teagle Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
Identifiers - Location: United States