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ERIC Number: EJ790713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Capstones and Quality: The Culminating Experience as Assessment
Catchings, Billy
Assessment Update, v16 n1 p6-7 Jan-Feb 2004
Several years ago, the University of Indianapolis embarked on its self-study for North Central Association accreditation with the issue of quality assessment linked to outcomes. As such, its Department of Communication was forced to demonstrate outcomes-oriented evaluation of student learning. After an extensive audit of the department's curriculum, the communication faculty agreed to implement a multifaceted senior project that would serve in two capacities: (1) as a culminating experience wherein students would engage in reflective analysis of their education and (2) as a quality assessment tool to satisfy the standards of accreditation. In this article, the author briefly describes the faculty's capstone experience as a reflective practice, explains its utility in assessment and improving quality, and identifies some of the challenges they have encountered and continue to address.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana