This course will give students an opportunity to learn valuable applied research skills and to design and implement an assessment plan in the higher education setting. Assessment is a major factor in educational reform and some form of assessment exists on most U.S. campuses. Institutional assessment is often required by state legislators and is required by all regional and most specialized accrediting agencies. Institutions also rely on assessment to evaluate curricular and student life programs. Students will examine the role of assessment for both administrators, who use assessment as a tool for making informed decisions about programs, and for faculty, who use it as a tool to improve their instruction.
- Learn valuable applied research skills and to design and implement an assessment plan in the higher education setting.
- Construct an assessment that is valid across institutions, cultures and disciplines presents numerous scientific and practical challenges.
- Analyze the diversity of institutions.
- Learn the differences between national systems of higher education.
- Understand variations in the duration and content of programs; cultural and linguistic diversity; and accounting for the value added by institutions.