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Sapia, Molly; Heller, Gina; Dawson, Dana; Carmack, Nicholas – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2020
Oral communication is an important learning outcome in higher education that can be difficult to assess. This article presents how one institution paired an online survey of instructors with a more traditional direct assessment to conduct a comprehensive assessment of oral communication in a General Education program, illuminating both how…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Online Surveys, Teacher Surveys, College Faculty
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Miller, Ronald Mellado; Andrade, Maureen Snow – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2020
Technology use is increasing in higher education, particularly for test administration. In this study, Capaldi's (1994) sequential theory, which postulates that the specific order of reinforcements and nonreinforcements influences persistence in the face of difficulty or failure, was applied to online multiple choice testing situations in regard…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Higher Education, Multiple Choice Tests, Test Format
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Hart, Laura C.; Robinson, Christine – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
Today, higher education faces increased accountability to assess and measure student learning. However, traditional metrics (like standardized tests and graduation rates) fail to provide a comprehensive understanding of exactly what students learn in a contextualized program of study. To address this gap, the researchers piloted a charrette model…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, College Students, Stakeholders, College Faculty
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Smith, Elizabeth E.; Gordon, Sarah – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
Although faculty are an important part of collecting, analyzing, and using student learning data for improvement, significant barriers often prevent faculty from being involved in assessment work outside the classroom. One potential obstacle to faculty involvement in assessment is the misalignment between the work and faculty rewards structures.…
Descriptors: Rewards, College Faculty, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes
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Groover, Cynthia D.; McBrayer, Juliann Sergi; Cleveland, Richard; Riggs, Amy Jo – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
Many institutions implement assessment teams as resources to develop faculty and staff knowledge of and confidence in programmatic assessment processes. Additional resources may include rubrics or peer review and feedback, but effectiveness of these resources is rarely evaluated. Programmatic assessment allows institutions to examine the impact of…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Administrator Surveys, Scoring Rubrics
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Demeter, Elise; Robinson, Christine; Frederick, John G. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
Students at many higher education institutions are expected to acquire effective written communication skills and strong critical thinking skills. Although these student learning outcomes are common, these skills are complex. Assessing students' attainment of these outcomes at an institutional level can be difficult as many approaches to measuring…
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, Critical Thinking, Outcomes of Education, Writing Skills
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Leaderman, Emilie Clucas; Polychronopoulos, Gina B. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
This paper introduces a conceptual framework for overcoming common assessment challenges and supporting a positive assessment culture in higher education through fostering collaborative relationships with faculty and staff. By using a lens that integrates concepts from person-centered and solution-focused counseling, positive psychology, and…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Professional Identity, College Faculty, Resource Staff
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Pope, Andrea M.; Finney, Sara J.; Bare, Aaren K. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
Despite persistent calls by professional organizations and leaders in the field for theory-based programs, it is often difficult for student affairs professionals to articulate why and how their programs should work (i.e., program theory). This lack of program theory influences professionals' ability to use assessment results for program…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Student Personnel Workers, Program Improvement, Outcomes of Education
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Wiens, Peter D.; Gromlich, Matthew D. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
Teacher education programs are under considerable pressure to evaluate their effectiveness in training new teachers. Over the last several decades there have been repeated calls for more systematic research on preservice teacher preparation programs. One institution has heeded this call, using the Video Assessment of Interactions and Learning…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Fosnacht, Kevin; Gonyea, Robert M. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
This study utilized generalizability theory to assess the context where the National Survey of Student Engagement's (NSSE) summary measures, the Engagement Indicators, produce dependable group-level means. The dependability of NSSE group means is an important topic for the higher education assessment community given its wide utilization and usage…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Seniors, Learner Engagement, National Surveys
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Rincón, Blanca; Castillo-Montoya, Milagros – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
This qualitative study examines how service-learning pedagogy can facilitate graduate students' learning of assessment. Interviews with 14 students enrolled in a student affairs graduate program suggest that (a) direct application of content knowledge through a service-learning course enhanced students' learning of assessment, (b) exposing…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Graduate Students, Student Personnel Services, Educational Assessment
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Blumberg, Phyllis – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
Planning the intended use of data and identification of bottlenecks are two best practices that faculty and administrators can use when they conduct assessments for the combined purposes of accountability and improvement. Prior to data collection, they need to have a clear plan of how the results should offer worthwhile insights. Upon…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Improvement, Accountability, Academic Achievement
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Pastor, Dena A.; Ong, Thai Q.; Orem, Christopher D. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
A common approach to assessing one facet of civic engagement (CE) is through administering the Cooperative Institutional Research Program's (CIRP) social agency scale, which captures the extent to which respondents feel personally responsible to be involved in addressing various social and political issues. To summarize the scale's results in a…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Multivariate Analysis, Student Attitudes, Service Learning
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Rocconi, Louis M.; Gonyea, Robert M. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
The concept of effect size plays a crucial role in assessment, institutional research, and scholarly inquiry, where it is common with large sample sizes to find small relationships that are statistically significant. This study examines the distribution of effect sizes from institutions that participated in the National Survey of Student…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Learner Engagement, College Seniors, National Surveys
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Horst, S. Jeanne; Ames, Allison J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
In April 2017, a three-day Learning Improvement Summit, held in Washington, DC, brought together a broad array of national and international assessment stakeholders. The purpose of the summit was to empower a diverse group of faculty and assessment leaders to develop, refine, discuss, and address evidence-based learning improvement initiatives…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, International Assessment, Accountability, Academic Achievement
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