Volume 1 Issue 1
With pride and pleasure, our editorial staff launches the inaugural issue of Assessing Student Learning and Development: A Journal for Higher Education. This open-access, online journal is devoted to publishing original and innovative scholarly work that describes research or practice in the field of assessment of student learning in higher education. Assessing Student Learning and Development features peer-reviewed articles that address the wide range of assessment topics and practice that comprise this field. This inaugural issue focuses on…
Jessica Jonson and Nancy Mitchell
Insights into the transformative power of an outcomes-based general education program
Focusing on learning outcomes can lead to real general education reform. This synopsis examines lessons learned by our institution about the transformative power of a process focused on outcomes. Effective practices and specific lessons offer help to other institutions in revising or assessing their program’s common learning outcomes for undergraduates.
Adam and Evelyn
Qualitative Tools for Assessing Student Learning
Higher education has responded disproportionately to the demands of accountability by relying almost exclusively on quantitative methods. This paper will demonstrate how academic departments and assessment professionals can use student focus groups to produce meaningful data to guide decision-making regarding curriculum and instruction.
Cain and Abel
Ensuring Effective Assessment: Examples from Three Administrative Structures
This session compares and contrasts three different administrative models for institution- and program- level assessment. The taxonomy of these models will be discussed in the context of each institution’s mission and culture and highlights how these approaches converge and diverge, yet all serve to understand, confirm and improve student learning.