ERIC Number: EJ1076813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Developing a Competency-Based Assessment Approach for Student Learning
Dunning, Pamela T.
Teaching Public Administration, v32 n1 p55-67 Mar 2014
Higher education accrediting bodies are increasing the emphasis on assessing student learning outcomes as opposed to teaching methodology. The purpose of this article is to describe the process used by Troy University's Master of Public Administration program to change their assessment approach from a course learning objective perspective to a student learning outcome perspective as they prepare for specialized reaccreditation through the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. The article illustrates how the program moved from measuring individual course learning objectives to a more holistic approach that focuses on a set of universal required competencies that relate to the program's mission and public service values. Also described are the challenges in making this paradigm shift.
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Evaluation Methods, Test Construction, Public Administration Education, Masters Programs, Outcome Measures, Accreditation (Institutions), Holistic Approach, Minimum Competency Testing, Program Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Program Development, Curriculum Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Georgia
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