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ERIC Number: EJ1057767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: EISSN-1941-3386
Development of an Instrument for Indirect Assessment of College Business Programs
Hogan, Eileen A.; Lusher, Anna; Mondal, Sunita
Journal of Case Studies in Accreditation and Assessment, v2 Jul 2012
In the spirit of continuous improvement, universities are constantly seeking ways to measure and enhance their effectiveness. Within colleges of business, the importance of assessment has been highlighted recently by AACSB accreditation standards dealing with assurance of learning. While AACSB standards focus primarily on direct measures of student learning, indirect measures of students' experiences can also yield important and actionable knowledge. This paper reports on the validation of a "home-grown" exit survey of business seniors (n = 837) in two universities. The instrument taps into students' evaluations of their general education courses, business core/common classes, experience in their majors, advising, and resource availability. In data from one university, exploratory factor analysis was used to create six reliable summary indices of students' evaluations. This factor structure was replicated in data from the second university. Use of instruments such as this to improve business programs is discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania