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ERIC Number: ED555845
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Advancing Excellence, Enhancing Equity: Making the Case for Assessment at Minority-Serving Institutions
Beld, Jo Michelle
Southern Education Foundation
In recent years the higher education community has wrestled more intensely with the challenge of producing better, more robust, assessments of student learning. In addition to the national push to dramatically increase the number of Americans with post-secondary credentials, there is also considerable concern about being able to assure the quality of college degrees and institutional effectiveness--hence the focus on assessing student learning outcomes. It is safe to say that the demands for better assessment data were ahead of a clear path for institutions tasked with actually doing the work. Some questioned the reliability of the tools used for assessment; reaching consensus about what constitutes learning and which aspects of it should be measured proved arduous; and determining the organizational choreography required for success was challenging given the competing demands of any institution. Many campuses, especially those serving "less-traditional" students, have struggled with the necessary task of assessing student learning. Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) have a vital role to play in realizing the potential benefits of assessment, both for themselves and for higher education as a whole. The students MSIs serve are the students of the future for all colleges and universities. Consequently, MSI assessment efforts matter both for their own students and for students at other institutions. Yet for assessment to be undertaken at all, much less to serve its intended purposes, faculty must be persuaded that assessment is worth the investment--both institutionally and personally. This brief is addressed to anyone in the MSI community who has a role to play in leading assessment. It aims to assist the reader in framing assessment as a tool for advancing excellence and enhancing equity within and beyond one's own institution. A list of references and resources is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation; Kresge Foundation; Teagle Foundation
Authoring Institution: Southern Education Foundation