Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 383–395

Improving Academic Program Assessment: A Mixed Methods Study

  • Megan Rodgers
  • Makayla P. Grays
  • Keston H. Fulcher
  • Daniel P. Jurich
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10755-012-9245-9

Cite this article as:
Rodgers, M., Grays, M.P., Fulcher, K.H. et al. Innov High Educ (2013) 38: 383. doi:10.1007/s10755-012-9245-9

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Assessment Student learning outcomes Improvement Resources Consultation 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Megan Rodgers
    • 1
  • Makayla P. Grays
    • 1
  • Keston H. Fulcher
    • 1
  • Daniel P. Jurich
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Assessment and Research Studies, James Madison UniversityHarrisonburgUSA

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