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ERIC Number: EJ838288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
The Degree Specification Project: A Case Study in Departmental Outcomes Assessment
Weinstein, Daniel A.; Schneller, Beverly
Assessment Update, v21 n2 p8-9 Mar-Apr 2009
The degree specification project is a simple, yet pragmatic process of crystallizing the "identity" of the degrees offered in each discipline. In other words, what should students expect to have in the way of skills, knowledge, and abilities once they complete a degree in a specific discipline? Faculty first articulate three to five degree-level outcomes that define the attributes of the degree. Then they identify targets and assessment tools for each outcome. Collected data are compared with targets, and then action plans--or warranted changes--are specified. This article presents the process points that encompass the basic ideas involved. It describes the assessment process of degree specification at the English department of a teaching university in southeastern Pennsylvania.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania