ERIC Number: EJ1102084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
On the Practices and Challenges of Measuring Higher Education Value Added: The Case of Colombia
Shavelson, Richard J.; Domingue, Benjamin W.; Mariño, Julián P.; Molina Mantilla, Adriana; Morales Forero, Andrés; Wiley, Edward E.
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v41 n5 p695-720 2016
Changes in the nature of higher education are leading towards increased interest in the assessment of student learning. This study considers an attempt to apply value-added models for the purposes of comparing student learning across institutions, taking care to discuss special considerations inherent to the application of these models to higher education. Using standardised outcome data from Colombia on 64,000 students, this study focuses on the amount of ability sorting that exists and the effect of model specification and choice of outcome on the subsequent results. The level of student ability clustering into colleges was shown to be comparable to both primary/secondary schools and higher education institutions in the United States. As in other studies, models that controlled for contextual effects tended to result in very different rankings of institutions as compared to models without contextual effects. Rankings were approximately as sensitive to the choice of outcome (subject specific vs. generic) as the choice of model, although the subject-specific models did explain more of the overall varation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Value Added Models, Higher Education, College Outcomes Assessment, Comparative Analysis, Context Effect, Case Studies, College Entrance Examinations, Exit Examinations, High School Graduates, College Students, Ability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia
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