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ERIC Number: EJ1166608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
We Need Researchers…So Let's Stop Using the Term Assessment
Sriram, Rishi
About Campus, v22 n2 p28-31 May-Jun 2017
In an age of accountability, numbers matter. Therefore, the accountability movement has led to the assessment movement. Higher education should be held accountable, and colleges themselves should take the lead in making sure colleges are meeting goals. Assessment was originally meant to improve higher education. Instead, assessment quickly became about proving that a college or program meets minimum requirements to satisfy those holding the stick (or the carrot). Higher education is missing the point of assessment. Assessment is now about proving, not improving. The curiosity and passion for improving the lives of college students is quickly stifled by assessment. This leads to boring work. More importantly, it leads to costly and time-consuming work that does not help colleges discover better ways to help students learn. The author calls for higher education administrators to stop using the term assessment in favor of research, and provides two reasons why.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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