Assessment in Higher Education

Lisa Kaczmarczyk on Evaluation in K-12 Computer Science May Require Unexpected Resources

Hi, my name is Lisa Kaczmarczyk; I am a computer scientist with my own project evaluation consultancy and I’m also an adjunct computer science (CS) faculty at Harvey Mudd College. I work primarily with CS and engineering teachers and faculty who face unique challenges when creating their computing curriculum and evaluation procedures. A recent conversation …

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CLEAR Week: Neha Sharma on What can behavioral science tell us about learning through evaluations?

I’m Neha Sharma from the CLEAR Global Hub at the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. A key Hub role involves facilitating learning and sharing knowledge about evaluation capacity development. So I often think about how people learn. In this context, I’ve been reading a lot of behavioral science literature, and reflecting on what makes people learn …

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Stephanie Fuentes on Harnessing Big Data in Higher Education: Evaluators as Data Scientists

I’m Stephanie Fuentes, an institutional researcher for a small, for-profit college and I’m totally fascinated by the hype around data scientists and predictive analytics. Tom Davenport and D.J. Patil call it the sexiest job of the 21st century (according to an often-cited Harvard Business Review article). Who knew evaluators were in such demand? As evaluators …

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CEA Affiliate Week: Leah Christina Neubauer and Suzanne Carlberg-Racich on Evaluation and Public Health: Examining MPH Coursework, Curriculum & Culminating Experiences

We are Leah Christina Neubauer and Suzanne Carlberg-Racich from Chicago. Neubauer is based in DePaul’s MPH Program and is President of the Chicagoland Evaluation Association (CEA).  Carlberg-Racich is a Visiting Assistant Professor in DePaul’s MPH Program. We are both interested in evaluation-related coursework, curriculum, and culminating experiences in Master of Public Health (MPH) programs.  In the …

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Michelle Baron on Building a Culture of Assessment

Well, hello there! I’m Michelle Baron, Academic Assessment Specialist at Utah Valley University, and an Independent Evaluation Strategist. I’d like to share some tricks of the trade with you in building a culture of assessment in higher education. As an evaluator, the main idea for me is helping people understand what works, why it works, …

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AHE TIG Week: Pat Barlow and Tiffany Smith on Higher Education Assessment in Graduate Medical Education

Hi, this is Pat and Tiffany. We are doctoral candidates in Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement who work for the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Tennessee. We completely redesigned a statistics and epidemiology curriculum where none of the previous instructors had formally outlined what they wanted their residents to learn. We not only …

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AHE TIG Week: Tamara Bertrand Jones on Creating an Assessment Culture

Hello, I’m Tamara Bertrand Jones. I’m an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Florida State University and a former Director of Research and Evaluation in Student Affairs. Assessment in higher education has largely been used for external accountability. Divisions and departments can use these external mandates for internal improvement and make assessment part of daily …

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AHE TIG Week: Nina Potter on Sharing Assessment Data

My name is Nina Potter and I am the Director of Assessment for the College of Education at San Diego State University.  As the Director of Assessment, a large part of my job entails working with faculty and administrators in implementing program assessments plans from start to finish – designing assessments to measure program outcomes, …

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AHE TIG Week: Sean McKitrick on Accountability Demands for Assessment in Higher Education

My name is Sean McKitrick, Vice President with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In higher education settings, “assessment” is a term that can mean both institutional research and student learning assessment and usually refers to institutional efforts to provide accurate data and reports to oversight bodies such as federal and state governments or …

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AHE TIG Week: Mwarumba Mwavita, Katye Perry, and Sarah Wilkey on How Do You Conduct an Evaluation in a Fluid, Ever Changing Ecology Like Higher Education?

Our names are Mwarumba Mwavita, Katye Perry, and Sarah Wilkey. We are faculty and evaluators in the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation at Oklahoma State University. Higher education has constantly been engaged in the development, revamping, and implementation of programs. Often these changes result in reorganizations of existing programs and contribute to a dynamic …

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