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Assessing the Generic Outcomes of College: Selections from Assessment Measures

ISBN: 978-1-118-16215-6
88 pages
September 2011, Jossey-Bass
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What does college teach, really? As demands for accountability intensify, meaningful measurement of broad college outcomes becomes increasingly important. Here, you'll take a journey through the history of assessment instruments, starting with the creation of the first general outcomes assessment tools in the 1980s. You'll follow the evolution of the tools, writing and critical thinking, and finally the concept of value-added analysis, an appealing but elusive goal for assessors.
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Table of Contents

Introduction—Assessing the Generic Outcomes of College: Selections from “Assessment Measures” 1

General Education Assessment

Instruments for Assessing General Education Outcomes 10

The College Outcome Measures Program (COMP) Examination 13

Joint Task Force of the Interinstitutional Committee of Academic Officers and State Board for Community College Education 17

Criteria for Evaluating Assessment Instruments 19

The College Basic Academic Subjects Examination 22

The Academic Profile II 25

The Collegiate Learning Assessment 28

Writing Assessment

Designing Comprehensive Writing Assessments 34

Implementing a Large-Scale Writing Assessment 37

Critical Thinking Assessment

Assessing the Critical Thinking Abilities of College Students 43

The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal 48

The California Critical Thinking Skills Test 51

Tasks in Critical Thinking 54

The Reflective Judgment Interview 57

The CRESST Problem-Solving Measures 60

Value-Added Assessment

Freshman-to-Senior Gains at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville 66

Methods of Evaluating Student Change during College 70

Revisiting the Blind Alley of Value Added 75

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Author Information

Gary R. Pike, Executive Director of information management and institutional research at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolisis, is a consulting editor for Assessment Update.
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