Improving Academic Program Assessment: A Mixed Methods Study
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- Rodgers, M., Grays, M.P., Fulcher, K.H. et al. Innov High Educ (2013) 38: 383. doi:10.1007/s10755-012-9245-9
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Starting with the premise that better assessment leads to more informed decisions about student learning, we investigated the factors that lead to assessment improvement. We used “meta-assessment” (i.e., evaluating the assessment process) to identify academic programs in which the assessment process had improved over a two-year period. The use of both quantitative and qualitative methods allowed us to understand the factors leading to assessment improvement better. Through these efforts, we discovered that a program’s assessment environment and use of resources were the predominant factors leading to improvement. One resource in particular, assessment consultation, was the most cited reason for improved assessment.