Assessment Essentials: Planning, Implementing, and Improving Assessment in Higher Education / Edition 1

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This is a one-volume Assessment 101....A comprehensive, useful introduction for novices and a valuable review and update for veterans.

--Thomas A. Angelo, associate professor and director, The Assessment Center, School for New Learning, DePaul University

This step-by-step guide provides the most current practices for developing assessment programs on college and university campuses. Assessment Essentials outlines the assessment process from the first to the last step and is filled with illustrative examples to show how assessment is accomplished on today's academic campuses. It is especially useful for faculty members and others who may be new to the assessment process. In clear, accessible language, Palomba and Banta describe effective assessment programs and offer a thorough review of the most up-to-date practices in the field.

Each chapter of the book addresses a specific aspect of assessment and is designed to walk users through various steps of the assessment process. This comprehensive resource shows how to:* Develop plans and goals that are right for the needs of an individual campus* Encourage involvement and support from students, faculty, alumni, and employees* Select useful methods and approaches* Use the most advantageous performance measures* Develop tests and classroom assignments* Choose appropriate surveys and focus groups* Accurately assess general education, campus environments, and student experiences* Effectively analyze, report, and use the assessment results

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A guide to current practices for developing assessment programs on college and university campuses. Outlines the assessment process and gives examples showing how assessment is accomplished on today's campuses. Useful for faculty members new to the assessment process. Palomba is director of the Offices of Academic Assessment and Institutional Research at Ball State University. Banta is professor of higher education and vice chancellor for planning and institutional improvement at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787941802
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,460,012
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
The Authors xvii
1. The Essentials of Successful Assessment 1
2. Developing Definitions, Goals, and Plans 19
3. Encouraging Involvement in Assessment 53
4. Selecting Methods and Approaches 85
5. Using Performance Measures and Portfolios for Assessment 115
6. Using Tests, Classroom Assignments, and Classroom Assessment 149
7. Listening to Students' Voices 179
8. Relating Assessment to the World of Work 211
9. Assessing General Education 239
10. Assessing Campus Environments and Student Experiences 269
11. Reporting and Using Assessment Results 297
12. A Matter of Choices 331
References 347
Name Index 373
Subject Index 381
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