ERIC Number: EJ1036824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
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Reference Count: 14
Improving Academic Program Assessment: A Mixed Methods Study
Rodgers, Megan; Grays, Makayla P.; Fulcher, Keston H.; Jurich, Daniel P.
Innovative Higher Education, v38 n5 p383-395 Nov 2013
Starting with the premise that better assessment leads to more informed decisions about student learning, we investigated the factors that lead to assessment improvement. We used "meta-assessment" (i.e., evaluating the assessment process) to identify academic programs in which the assessment process had improved over a two-year period. The use of both quantitative and qualitative methods allowed us to understand the factors leading to assessment improvement better. Through these efforts, we discovered that a program's assessment environment and use of resources were the predominant factors leading to improvement. One resource in particular, assessment consultation, was the most cited reason for improved assessment.
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Improvement, Evaluation Methods, Educational Environment, Consultation Programs, Meta Analysis, Mixed Methods Research
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