Assessment in Higher Education

AHE TIG Week: Mende Davis on Measuring Progress in Higher Education: Combining Binary Outcomes

I am Mende Davis, co-chair of the Assessment in Higher Education TIG and research assistant professor in psychology at the University of Arizona.  I’ve been involved in a variety of higher education evaluations in Minnesota and Arizona. Student progress in college is usually measured by a series of dichotomous variables; completing 12 credits a semester, …

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CREATE Week: Jim Van Haneghan on CREATE as a Resource for Educational Evaluators

My name is Jim Van Haneghan and I am writing about the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE).  CREATE focuses on educational evaluation and is a useful complement to my participation in the American Evaluation Association (AEA).  CREATE was started back in the 1990s by Daniel Stufflebeam and others at the …

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Video in #Eval Week: William Rickards on Video Interviewing in Evaluation Inquiry

My name is William Rickards; I am currently senior research associate in the Office of Program Accreditation and Evaluation at USC Rossier School of Education. My career has largely been focused in higher education, although I have worked in program evaluation in delinquency prevention, youth services, and in a range of educational and social services. …

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Gregory Greenman on Gathering Information From College Students

I am Gregory D. Greenman II, the Evaluation and Assessment Coordinator at the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT). I am also the Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA at WIT. For the past six months, I have been working on evaluating and assessing the Center’s civic engagement programs and the …

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Vanora Mitchell on Evaluating Online Learning

My name is Vanora Mitchell and I am a professional independent evaluator working in Washington, DC. How do we evaluate online learning? About a year ago, a school that I volunteer with asked me to help them to evaluate their new online learning initiatives. They were in the process of developing online courses and wanted …

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Gita Upreti and Carl Liaupsin on Developing Efficient Measures with Educational Data

Hi, we are Gita Upreti, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and Carl Liaupsin, Associate Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Much of our work involves implementing broad academic and behavioral changes in educational systems. As such, we’ve had a front row seat to observe the explosion of educational …

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Laura Plybon on the Value of Evidence-Based Academic Assessment Tools

My name is Laura Plybon. I am currently the Director of Assessment and Instructional Design for Drury University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies in Springfield, Missouri.  In addition to conducting academic assessments for the graduate programs at Drury, I also develop and implement assessment initiatives to improve instructional practices for those adult students who …

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Doug Koch on Key Lessons Learned in Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness

My name is Doug Koch, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast Missouri State University. As a university faculty member I find it both ironic and concerning that faculty evaluation instruments often have some very basic issues. Being knee-deep in the promotion and tenure process, I thought …

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Jill Ostrow on Using Rubrics to Self-Assess

I am Dr. Jill Ostrow, an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum at the University of Missouri. I coordinate and teach a yearlong online capstone graduate course titled, Classroom Research. The first half of the course is devoted to learning about Classroom Research: developing the question, collecting data, and beginning …

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Brian Silvey on Grade Points and Evaluation

My name is Brian Silvey, and I am an Assistant Professor of Music Education and the Director of the Symphonic Band at the University of Missouri. I constantly struggle with how to best assess my students. One thing I do know is that using a point system does not seem to work for me. What …

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