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Jane Marie Souza; Tara A. Rose; Glenn Allen Phillips – Assessment Update, 2024
This article is excerpted from the book "Exemplars of Assessment in Higher Education, Volume Two" (Souza and Rose) and includes an excerpt from Howard University (Phillips). There is a complex relationship between institutional (formerly regional) accrediting bodies and institutions of higher education. Though we believe that accreditors…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Evaluation, Black Colleges, Books
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Nicholas, Mark C.; McConnell, Kate Drezek – Assessment Update, 2023
In response to the national excitement around course embedded assessment, various campuses and state-wide college systems engaged in faculty development in assignment prompt development drawn from the literature focused on creating assignments for the classroom. However, while the literature is replete with frameworks, templates, guides,…
Descriptors: Institutional Evaluation, Assignments, Design, Evaluation Methods
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So, Julia Wai-Yin – Assessment Update, 2023
In this article, Julia So discusses the purpose of program assessment, four common missteps of program assessment and reporting, and how to prevent them. The four common missteps of program assessment and reporting she has observed are: (1) unclear or ambiguous program goals; (2) measurement error of program goals and outcomes; (3) incorrect unit…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Community Colleges, Evaluation Methods, Objectives
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Brown, Charles L. – Assessment Update, 2023
With increasing canonicity, particularly within higher education assessment, the demonstrable achievement of goals, or the delivery of a program, or as one scholar wryly deemed it, the "manipulation of the independent variable" (Moncher and Prinz 1991, p. 247), are commonly referred to as implementation fidelity or fidelity of…
Descriptors: Fidelity, Meta Analysis, Student Evaluation, Higher Education
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Thelk, Amy D.; McGraw, Jillian P.; Hanel, Joel – Assessment Update, 2023
Following a set of state meetings held throughout fall 2020, the Virginia Education Assessment Collaborative (VEAC) decided to offer a mini-conference in November 2020 to round out offerings and to buttress conversation around topics of high need and interest to Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs). Leveraging the familiar process of the…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Conferences (Gatherings), Videoconferencing, Teacher Education Programs
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Schelling, Natalie – Assessment Update, 2023
The Indiana University Kokomo (IUK) School of Education (SOE) collaborates with 38 school districts in the North Central Indiana region in the Clinical Educational Partnership (CEP). The purpose of the CEP is to allow P-12 administrators and teachers to give input on the SOE's program development initiatives. Education students engage in practicum…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Student Teachers, Student Teacher Evaluation
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Heston, Amy J.; Lahaie, Ute S.; Cook, Mary S. – Assessment Update, 2023
Walsh University's process of seeking more effective assessment practices has identified an overarching theme of university-wide continuous improvement resulting in several initiatives. The categories of these initiatives can be described as new formats in leadership, unique and collaborative improvements across campus, strategies in alignment…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Planning, Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Penn, Jeremy D. – Assessment Update, 2023
To be successful in producing improvement, assessment must be "part of a larger set of conditions that promote change" (Astin et al. 1992). To identify the enduring principles likely to produce the specific conditions to promote change, the author turned to two sources: (1) W. Edwards Deming's classic 1982 book, "Out of the Crisis:…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Educational Practices, Educational Improvement, Educational Assessment
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Gibbons, Rebecca E.; Hokien, Deborah; Hutson, Bryant L.; Janio, Jarek; Maness, Heather T. D. – Assessment Update, 2023
The Grand Challenges in Assessment (GCA), a collaborative across assessment professionals and organizations, seeks to improve assessment activities through scholarship and access to practical information. To achieve the GCA strategic priorities, the authors provide resources for enacting rapid pedagogical change, defined as instructional…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Educational Assessment
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Cardace, Amy; Ivanchikova, Melina; Mishra, Sneha – Assessment Update, 2023
This paper focuses on a small quantitative piece of data from a larger mixed-methods evaluation project. These data were collected over multiple iterations of an online course developed for faculty about inclusive teaching. Participants rated their agreement with statements about their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Specifically, the authors…
Descriptors: Individual Differences, Online Courses, Faculty Development, Inclusion
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Keith, Caleb J. – Assessment Update, 2023
The "Excellence in Assessment" (EIA) designation's purpose has been to recognize institutions of higher education that demonstrate an ability to integrate assessment practices throughout the institution, provide evidence of student learning outcomes, and use assessment results to guide decision-making and improve student performance.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Assessment, Academic Achievement, Institutional Evaluation
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Nicholas, Mark C. – Assessment Update, 2023
In this article, the author reflects upon the changes assessment professionals have faced because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Against the background of stressed faculty and staff and falling student enrollment, lower retention, and graduation rates, assessment professional must consider how to talk about the "quality" of student learning…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Change, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Reneau, Franz H. – Assessment Update, 2023
In this article, the author revisits and expands on the insights shared during a panel discussion at the 2022 Assessment Institute, with a focus on exploring and perhaps challenging thinking around what assessment is, how this work is viewed by many stakeholders critical to the assessment process, and the "feast or famine" conditions…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Accreditation (Institutions), Educational Change
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Miller, Bethany L. – Assessment Update, 2023
This article discusses the author's belief that if assessment is going to have an impact, it must be woven into the larger tapestry that tells the tale of a student experience that leads to student and institutional success. Included are considerations for how to design meaningful ways to measure movement on the things that people care about.
Descriptors: Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Educational Administration
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Grouling, Jennifer – Assessment Update, 2023
In this article, the author shares some tips for improving university-wide assessment conversations, focusing on meetings with faculty creating and doing assessment. The lessons are from a multi-year project where the author observed meetings and interviewed faculty about their involvement in university-wide assessment.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty College Relationship, Self Evaluation (Groups), Scoring Rubrics
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