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ERIC Number: EJ820128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Developing a Culture of Assessment: Insights from Theory and Experience
Hill, Jeffrey S.
Journal of Political Science Education, v1 n1 p29-37 Feb 2005
At first glance, academic assessment is simply another request for more paper. But it goes well beyond the design of a plan or blueprint. Instead, assessment involves the much more difficult task of creating a new culture. Borrowing from both the experience of the Department of Political Science at Northeastern Illinois University and from the political science literatures on cooperation and policy implementation, I describe the beginning of an assessment culture. I describe the steps taken to build trust and make the task more tractable, the way commitment grew within the department, and the plan that was devised. I also review some current problems in the implementation of this plan, showing the vulnerability of an assessment culture in its early stages. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois