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Roberts, Jeff; Nardone, Carroll F.; Bridges, Bill – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Written communication remains an important learning objective for colleges and universities as more and more students enter the workforce without necessary writing skills and experiences. This importance is increased for public colleges and universities within the state of Texas, as that state has adopted written communication as a core learning…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Gender Differences
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Stevenson, John F.; Finan, Elaine; Martel, Michael – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Externally imposed assessment requirements in higher education call for documented attention to using assessment results for program improvement. Although this systematic process promises to lead to better learning outcomes it has also been challenged as ineffective and even harmful. What can make assessment truly meaningful and move beyond the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Outcomes Assessment, Capacity Building, Measurement
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Fuller, Matther B.; Lane, Forrest C. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Student affairs, like all arms of academe, has taken up the mantle of assessing college student learning and development in their unique programs and experiences. Yet, cultures of assessment in student affairs organizations are rarely examined empirically. This study provides results from an exploratory factor analysis of data gathered using the…
Descriptors: Models, Student Personnel Services, Factor Analysis, Program Development
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Steinke, Pamela; Fitch, Peggy – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Bias is part of the human condition and becoming aware of how to avoid bias will help to ensure greater accuracy in the work of assessment. In this paper the authors discuss three different theoretical frameworks that can be applied when assessing student work for cognitive skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Each of the…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Cognitive Ability, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Smith, Kristen L.; Finney, Sara J.; Fulcher, Keston H. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Implementation fidelity data indicate to what extent the delivered educational intervention (e.g., pedagogies, curricula) differs from the designed intervention (Gerstner & Finney, 2013; O'Donnell, 2008). Fidelity data help practitioners make more accurate inferences regarding program effectiveness (Dumas, Lynch, Laughlin, Smith, & Prinz,…
Descriptors: Fidelity, Program Implementation, Intervention, Higher Education
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Welch, Adam C.; Karpen, Samuel C.; Cross, L. Brian; LeBlanc, Brandie N. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
The aims of this study were to determine faculty's ability to accurately and reliably categorize exam questions using Bloom's Taxonomy, and if modified versions would improve the accuracy and reliability. Faculty experience and affiliation with a health sciences discipline were also considered. Faculty at one university were asked to categorize 30…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Medical School Faculty, Health Sciences, Test Items
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Myers, Carrie B.; Myers, Scott M. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Previous studies have found that freshmen who enter college with dual enrollment credits earned during high school have higher 6-year graduation rates. Yet, we do not know if institutional graduation rates benefit in the aggregate from their practice of accepting dual enrollment credits among incoming freshman cohorts. In this study, we used…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Graduates, Graduation Rate, Dual Enrollment
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Horst, S. Jeanne; DeMars, Christine E. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2016
The Mapmark standard setting method was adapted to a higher education setting in which faculty leaders were highly involved. Eighteen university faculty members participated in a day-long standard setting for a general education communications test. In Round 1, faculty set initial cut-scores for each of four student learning objectives. In Rounds…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teacher Participation, Standard Setting, Academic Standards
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Finney, Sara J.; Mathers, Catherine E.; Myers, Aaron J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2016
Research investigating methods to influence examinee motivation during low-stakes assessment of student learning outcomes has involved manipulating test session instructions. The impact of instructions is often evaluated using a popular self-report measure of test-taking motivation. However, the impact of these manipulations on the psychometric…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Student Evaluation, Tests, Factor Structure
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Keflezighi, Fnann; Sebahari, Levi; Wood, J. Luke – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2016
It is difficult to assess the effectiveness of community college initiatives serving men of color when there is a lack of understanding of the nature of the programming taking place. The purpose of this study was to understand the funding streams, interventions, and objectives of programs serving men of color in the community college. This study…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Programs, African American Students, Males
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Immekus, Jason C. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2016
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) requires teacher preparation programs in the United States (US) to document their ability to produce teachers who can effectively promote the learning of a diverse P-12 student population (CAEP, 2013). To meet CAEP accreditation standards, leaders of teacher preparation programs are…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Surveys
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Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Olga; Pant, Hans Anand; Kuhn, Christiane; Toepper, Miriam; Lautenbach, Corinna – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2016
The ever-increasing internationalization of study programs and global mobility of students call for greater transparency of and valid information on the knowledge and skills students acquire over the course of their studies. Several theoretical and methodological challenges arise from the immense diversity of degree courses, study programs, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Practices, Minimum Competency Testing
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Hawthorne, Katrice A.; Bol, Linda; Pribesh, Shana; Suh, Yonghee – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Increased demands for accountability have placed an emphasis on assessment of student learning outcomes. At the post-secondary level, many of the assessments are considered low-stakes, as student performance is linked to few, if any, individual consequences. Given the prevalence of low-stakes assessment of student learning, research that…
Descriptors: Motivation, Motivation Techniques, Standardized Tests, Cues
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Newhart, Daniel W. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
As we face increasing accountability in higher education, how we measure student learning should exceed the calls for an account of learning that places students at the center. Qualitative approaches to assessment and theoretical underpinnings gleaned from the qualitative research tradition may provide a way that we can support a more holistic…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Learning Experience, Outcome Measures, Student Evaluation
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Heinerichs, Scott; Bernotsky, R. Lorraine; Danner, Loretta Rieser – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Institutions of higher education are faced with challenges when implementing an assessment initiative. These challenges include constraints on time and resources, the demands of specialized accreditation, and faculty motivation to comply. In addition, the communication of the expectations around assessment must be clear to all constituents in…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Educational Principles, Higher Education, Accreditation (Institutions)
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