"This book helps colleges and universities respond to the increasing pressures for accountability by giving them the tools to demonstrate institutional effectiveness. The author is in a unique position to help his colleagues, since he comes at the topic from multiple perspectives, being both a leading practitioner and researcher: Assistant VP for Institutional Research and Planning at his university, director of a national research project on costs of instruction, as well as Vice Chair of an accreditation agency. While many books address the issue of assessing student learning outcomes, this book provides expert guidance for assessing and promoting institutional effectiveness in supporting student learning. The book's chapters cover every aspect from the overall context of the issue, through measures of effectiveness, to communicating with the public, and concludes with a guide to resources"
1. Defining assessment -- 2. Assessment essentials -- 3. Engaging faculty and students in assessment -- 4. Setting expectations and preparing to select measures -- 5. Using direct measures -- 6. Using indirect assessment methods -- 7. Assessing learning in the major -- 8. Assessing learning in general education -- 9. Assessing student learning and program effectiveness in student affairs -- 10. Analyzing, reporting, and using assessment results -- 11. Assessing institutional effectiveness -- 12. Summing up: a time of transition
For everyone: the basics of asessment -- For institution-wide planners -- For departments and programs -- For general education -- APPENDICES: A: Sample rubrics for evaluating student classroom work -- B: Guidelines for program review of departments, incorporating assessment -- C: Guidelines for the evaluation of teaching, incorporating assessment of learning -- D: Sample analysis of audiences and purposes for assessment -- E: Institution-wide data to assess institution wide goals -- F: Departmental assessment reports -- G: Matrix for analyzing professional acceditation -- H: Matrix for analyzing institution-wide departmental assessment information -- I: Analyis of assessment in institutions, departments, and general education -- J: Departmental learning goals -- K: Identifying classroom assessment in the department -- L: Sample general education assessment matrix
Assessing student learning effectively has become a priority in higher education. Faculty and administrators must demonstrate to various constituencies and stakeholders that their programs are effective and that there is correlation between teaching and learning. This book uses selected performance criteria?benchmarks?to assist undergraduate programs to define their educational missions and goals as well as to document their effectiveness. It helps faculty and administrators use benchmarks not only to assess outcomes of student learning, but to program assessment, evaluate student learning, create meaningful faculty scholarship, ensure quality teaching, and forge connection to the community
In this book, the author provides strategies and techniques, such as the use of graphic organizers, quick writes, and journaling, to be used as formative assessments. Specific information about each tool and recommendations for data analysis and implementation are provided, helping teachers to implement formative assessment effectively and efficiently and allow their students to "preset the reset button" and master the skills they need to be successful in the classroom