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ERIC Number: EJ791853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Streamlining Assessment Processes: Less Really Can Be More
Musun, Linda
Assessment Update, v19 n4 p6-8 Jul-Aug 2007
Once a campus reaches the point where all academic units are actively involved in assessing student learning outcomes, it is tempting to sit back and declare victory. However, it has been found that the assessment process itself must be assessed regularly in order for it to continue to be effective. Each spring, the campus-wide assessment committee (the Provost's Assessment Advisory Group) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) takes time to do just that. Over the years, they have repeatedly heard two complaints: faculty felt that they expended too much time and energy on assessment activities (including redundant reports), and a lack of a common "assessment language." To address these problems, the campus-wide assessment committee worked to reduce the redundancy in their reporting requirements, to build into the process an opportunity for programs to reflect on their assessment findings and incorporate them into their curricula in a mindful way, to clarify and expand their common assessment language in order to ease communication, to simplify the acculturation of new members, and to improve the consistency of feedback to academic programs about their assessment efforts across campus. What had started as a simple idea of revising and updating their assessment forms turned into a process of revisiting their entire way of conceptualizing assessment across campus. They not only addressed the original complaints but also had an opportunity to talk about how and why they do assessment the way they do. The members of the Provost's Assessment Advisory Group (PAAG) were crucial in this process. PAAG members were able to provide frequent feedback from the college-level assessment committees at every step along the way. The result was a restructuring that is more responsive to the needs of the campus.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas