ERIC Number: EJ878803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: N/A
The Evolution of Assessment Policy: A View from Virginia
Erwin, T. Dary; DeFilippo, Joseph G.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v42 n2 p40-44 Mar-Apr 2010
A virtual tsunami of accountability policy proposals--from national taskforces, higher education organizations, the federal government, and others--has washed over higher education in recent years. Almost forgotten in this profusion of proposals is the role of the states, which have a large investment in student learning, and--in some cases--a long history of work in ensuring institutional accountability for that learning. This article takes up the case of Virginia, one of the first state entrants into the arena of assessment mandates. It first describes the evolution of the mandate over a period of 22 years; it then presents the thinking of two coordinating board members who led a recent revision in Virginia's state-wide assessment mandate as one example of how concerned and influential citizens view the issue currently. Lessons drawn from the history and current status of assessment in Virginia may well be both of inherent interest and practically useful to other states and multi-campus systems considering new policy directions related to this aspect of the accountability agenda.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Evaluation, Campuses, Outcomes of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia