Assessment in Practice: Putting Principles to Work on College Campuses / Edition 1

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Good practice in assessment is occurring on hundreds of campuses across the country. Yet most accounts of this work go unreported or are widely dispersed, published in the literature of dozens of different academic disciplines. Now, Assessment in Practice brings together in one volume the best current knowledge of what assessment methods work best and what principles should be incorporated into all effective assessment efforts—whether at institutional, program, or department levels.Drawing from 165 actual cases—and reporting 86 of them in their entirety, in the words of those who developed them—the authors illustrate methods and techniques of assessment covering a wide range of objectives in diverse types of institutions. Classroom assessment topics, for instance, include mathematics, foreign language, technology, and more. Topics on overall institutional effectiveness range from student motivation and standardized testing to a multiple-campus, course-embedded approach to assessment of general education. The authors provide a helpful cross-referencing system that enables readers to access cases by type of objective, type of institution, and type of method. And they include numerous forms, questionnaires, and contact names to help practitioners implement the book's strategies.

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"This book's contribution will be a very big one—and not just in size...There is no compendium of examples like it. As such, it's invaluable. It will be very useful to those who plan and carry out assessment on campuses." —Thomas A. Angelo, director, AAHE Assessment Forum
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787901349
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/31/1995
  • Series: Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

TRUDY W. BANTA is professor of higher education and Vice Chancellor for Planning and Institutional Improvement at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IU-PUI). She is founding editor of Assessment Update (a Jossey-Bass bimonthly newsletter). JON P. LUND is a doctoral candidate in higher education at IU-PUI and an editorial assistant at Assessment Update. KAREN E. BLACK is assistant to the vice chancellor and managing editor of Assessment Update. FRANCES W. OBLANDER is Director of Student Services, School of Education, IU-PUI, and assistant editor of Assessment Update.

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Table of Contents


Assessment: It Starts with What Matters Most.

An Imaginative Consideration of Learning.

The Road to Success Is Paved with Goals.

It's Not Only Where They End Up, But How They Get There.

Assessment Doesn't Just Happen, It Evolves.

Involvement in Assessment: A Collaborative Endeavor.

Making Data Meaningful.

The Important Part Is What You Do With It.

The Train Is Leaving the Station.

Perhaps There Are Ten?


Assessing Student Achievement in the Major.

Assessing Student Achievement in General Education.

Assessing Student Development and Progress.

Assessment at the Classroom Level.

Faculty Development to Promote Assessment.

Developing a Campus-Wide Approach to the Assessment.

Has Assessment Made a Difference?

Resources: A. Carnegie Classification Code Definitions B. List ofContributors.

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