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A Bird's-Eye View of Assessment: Selections from Editor's Notes

A Bird's-Eye View of Assessment: Selections from Editor's Notes

Trudy W. Banta (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-10915-1

Aug 2011, Jossey-Bass

96 pages



Here, pioneer Trudy Banta illuminates the many facets of assessment in colleges and universities during the past two decades. Addressing the principles of good assessment practice, she gives an insider?s perspective and shares the larger questions and answers encountered in assessment. In the final section, she looks at assessment outside the United States. This valuable publication will give you a broader, deeper appreciation of the successes, snares, and future of outcomes assessment.
Introduction—Selections from Trudy Banta's "Editor's Notes" 1

Some Things Never Change.

On the Crest of the Wave 10

Weaving Assessment into the Fabric of Higher Education 13

Revealing the Results of Assessment 14

This One's for Students 17

The Power of a Matrix 21

Welcome News About the Impact of Assessment 25

You Won't Find This in Books.

Are We Making A Difference? 31

Toward a Scholarship of Assessment 34

How Do We Know Whether We Are Making a Difference? 37

Demonstrating the Impact of Changes Based on Assessment Findings 42

One Bird's-Eye View of the U.S. Landscape for Assessment.

Take Part in the National Goals Debate 47

Do Faculty Sense the Tightening of the Accountability Noose? 50

Can We Combine Peer Review and National Assessment? 52

Trying to Clothe the Emperor 56

Are There Measures for Improvement and Accountability? 64

Tripping Lightly Around the Globe.

Assessment: A Global Phenomenon 68

Evaluation of Teaching and Learning in Germany 70

A Global Perspective—At Last 74

The Most Compelling International Dialogue to Date 78

Two Conferences, Two Systems—Similar Perspectives? 82

Sour Notes from Europe 86