ERIC Number: EJ1014846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
How Assessment Can Advance Efforts to Enhance Undergraduate Student Persistence
Gansemer-Topf, Ann M.
New Directions for Student Services, n142 p61-70 Sum 2013
Despite the significant amount of research related to student persistence, institutions must develop and implement assessment practices that account for their unique mission and purpose. This chapter describes a framework for engaging in assessment activities to improve student success. Specifically, it examines how assessment efforts can be used to enhance undergraduate student persistence. It begins by discussing the importance of engaging in institutional assessment on student persistence as a way to supplement the large body of student retention research. The chapter continues by describing different types of assessments and how each can be used to enhance student persistence, and concludes by examining Seidman's (2012) formula of retention as a way to conceptualize retention and assessment efforts.
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Undergraduate Students, Institutional Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Needs Assessment, Student Needs, Satisfaction, Services, Student Attitudes, Outcomes of Education, Skill Development, Intervention
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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