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Down and In: Assessment Practices at the Program Level

By Peter Ewell, Karen Paulson, and Jilliam Kinzie

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) found out a lot about assessment in colleges and universities from its 2009 survey of senior academic officers responses from provosts indicated that most institutions use many approaches to document student accomplishment and the quality of the undergraduate experience. The data also pointed to troubling shortfalls, however, in reporting assessment results to various audiences and in using the data to improve teaching and learning.

Hearing from senior academic officers was important for several reasons, not the least of which was to remind them and the rest of us about the increasingly important role that assessment is accorded in the public discourse about higher education. While we did not doubt that provosts provided us the best information available to them, we also thought it possible that their perspective might differ from what was happening “down and in the trenches,” as the title of this report suggests. Discovering that deeper perspective is important for multiple reasons.

Continue at: http://www.learningoutcomesassessment.org/documents/NILOAsurveyreport2011.pdf

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