ERIC Number: EJ791858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 2
Assessment Is Essential for Implementing Successful First-Year Experience Programs
Dolinsky, Beverly; Matthews, Roberta S.; Greenfield, Gerald M.; Curtis-Tweed, Phyllis; Evenbeck, Scott E.
Assessment Update, v19 n6 p9-11 Nov-Dec 2007
Creating a climate of assessment is critical for fostering institutional change. This article discusses the authors' work in the Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year project, which has confirmed (across very different campuses) the centrality of assessment in the development and implementation of successful programs to strengthen the academic achievement and persistence of entering students. A first step in creating a new course or program should be the articulation of clear goals and measurable objectives for all of its aspects. Goals related to student learning, professional development of faculty, and the incremental impact of a program should inform decisions that will shape the initiative and situate it properly. Assessment should link programs with institutional goals and demonstrate that a program supports and advances the mission and goals of a college or university, addresses the desired outcomes of the strategic plan, and has a positive impact on the performance of a particular group of students involved in the initiative. The presentation of real data that address real issues focuses the community, promotes acceptance of necessary actions, and enables change to occur. Taking the time to create goals and objectives will enable the creators and participants of new programs to generate proof of success and point the way toward quality improvement. Intentional planning based on identified, emerging issues and real data will go a long way toward confirming the validity of a particular effort or approach and facilitating institutional change.
Descriptors: Campuses, Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Higher Education, Professional Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement