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ERIC Number: EJ847228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Horizontal Assessment
Bradley, W. James
Assessment Update, v21 n3 p10-11 May-Jun 2009
In November 2004, Calvin College was reviewed for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In its final report, the review team, as it has in evaluating many other colleges, faulted Calvin for insufficient progress in assessment, made some recommendations, and asked for a follow-up report in two years. One statement particularly concerned the author and his colleagues: "The College has not yet succeeded in establishing a coherent approach to assessment." Their first step in responding to the recommendations was to establish a new position--director of assessment and institutional research (DAIR)--with overall responsibility for assessment. Next, they produced a philosophy of assessment that was compatible with their institutional culture. They have developed what they call a horizontal approach to assessment. Rather than asking faculty in an academic department to identify every desired outcome of their program, they ask them to identify one or more outcomes that are especially important and about which they have a concern. In summary, use of the horizontal approach has dramatically changed the tone of the conversation about assessment on the author's campus. No longer seen as a bureaucratic imposition, assessment has moved to something that departments find doable, helpful, and not burdensome.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan