ERIC Number: EJ861803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 0
Establishing a Culture of Assessment
Weiner, Wendy F.
Academe, v95 n4 p28-32 Jul-Aug 2009
College representatives typically start accreditation visits by talking to the visiting team about their institution's culture of assessment. Too often, however, the speakers lack an understanding of what that truly means. To determine whether an assessment culture exists--that is, whether the predominating attitudes and behaviors that characterize the functioning of an institution support the assessment of student learning outcomes--one must look at the attitudes and behaviors of individuals within that institution. The author provides a primer on the terms one needs to know to establish a genuine culture of assessment. The author discusses fifteen elements needed to achieve a culture of assessment. These elements are (1) general education goals; (2) common use of assessment-related terms; (3) faculty ownership of assessment programs; (4) ongoing professional development; (5) administrative encouragement of assessment; (6) practical assessment plans; (7) systematic assessment; (8) the setting of student learning outcomes for all courses and programs; (9) comprehensive program review; (10) assessment of co-curricular activities; (11) assessment of overall institutional effectiveness; (12) informational forums about assessment; (13) inclusion of assessment in plans and budgets; (14) celebration of successes; and (15) responsiveness to proposals for new endeavors related to assessment.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Organizational Culture, Guidelines, Performance Factors, Organizational Climate, Evaluation Research, College Outcomes Assessment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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