Assessment for Excellence: The Philosophy and Practice of Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

Assessment for Excellence: The Philosophy and Practice of Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

by Alexander W. Astin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0897748050

ISBN-13: 9780897748056

Pub. Date: 12/28/1996

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

The second edition of Assessment for Excellence arrives as higher education enters a new era of the accountability movement. In the face of mandates such as results-based funding and outcomes-based accreditation, institutions and assessment specialists are feeling increasingly pressured to demonstrate accountability to external constituencies. The practice of

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The second edition of Assessment for Excellence arrives as higher education enters a new era of the accountability movement. In the face of mandates such as results-based funding and outcomes-based accreditation, institutions and assessment specialists are feeling increasingly pressured to demonstrate accountability to external constituencies. The practice of assessment under these new accountability pressures takes on special significance for the education of students and the development of talent across the entire higher education system. This book introduces a talent development approach to educational assessment as a counter to prevailing philosophies, illustrating how contemporary practices are unable to provide institutions with meaningful data with which to improve educational outcomes. It provides administrators, policymakers, researchers, and analysts with a comprehensive framework for developing new assessment programs to promote talent development and for scrutinizing existing policies and practices. Written for a wide audience, the book enables the lay reader to quickly grasp the imperatives of a properly-designed assessment program, and also to gain adequate statistical understanding necessary for examining current or planned assessment policies. More advanced readers will appreciate the technical appendix for assistance in conducting statistical analyses that align with a talent development approach. In addition, institutional researchers will benefit from sections that outline the development of appropriate student databases.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897748056
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Series:
American Council on Education Series On
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1The Philosophy and Logic of Assessment1
2A Conceptual Model for Assessment16
3Assessing Outcomes38
4Assessing Student Inputs64
5Assessing the Environment81
6Analyzing Assessment Data94
7Use of Assessment Results128
8Building a Data Base151
9Assessment as Direct Feedback to the Learner178
10Assessment and Equity194
11Assessment and Public Policy216
12The Future of Assessment231
AppendixStatistical Analysis of Longitudinal Data255
References315
Index325

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