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ERIC Number: EJ798495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Using Assessment to Bring about Cultural Change: The Value of Assessing Learning Spaces
Harris, Michael; Cullen, Roxanne
Assessment Update, v20 n3 p6-7, 10 May-Jun 2008
In considering the issue of transforming higher education, people tend to think of the university in the abstract: the idea of providing education and what that means in these changing times. The authors suggest that the physical university should also be considered. At Ferris State University, educators have made a comprehensive effort to transform the university by creating a learning-centered culture focused on three central elements: (1) classrooms; (2) learning spaces outside the classroom; and (3) professional development. They undertook a multistage project to renovate learning spaces in a systematic fashion, combining the renovations with professional development efforts for faculty and administrators. They transformed the academic milieu both physically and intellectually with the primary purpose made of fostering a more learning-centered culture and environment. In this article, the author discusses the multistage renovation project and the role of assessment in creating a learner-centered environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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