Measuring College Learning Responsibly: Accountability in a New Era

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Stanford University Press, 2010 - Education - 238 pages
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Accrediting boards, the federal government, and state legislatures are now requiring a greater level of accountability from higher education. However, current accountability practices, including accreditation, No Child Left Behind, and performance reporting are inadequate to the task. If wielded indiscriminately, accountability can actually do more harm than good. This innovative work looks broadly at how accountability is being considered by campuses, accrediting boards, higher education organizations, and governments in the US and abroad. It explores how new demands for accountability and new technologies are changing the way student learning is assessed.

The author, one of the most respected assessment researchers in the nation, provides a framework for assessing student learning and discusses historical and contemporary debates in the field. He details new directions in assessment, such as the Collegiate Learning Assessment he helped develop, analyzes exemplary campus assessment programs, and proposes considerations necessary for designing successful accountability systems.
 

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Contents

Assessment and Accountability Policy Context
1
Framework for Assessing Student Learning
8
Brief History of Student Learning Assessment
21
The Collegiate Learning Assessment
44
Exemplary Campus Learning Assessment Programs
70
The Centrality of Information in the Demand for Accountability
102
Accountability A Delicate Instrument
121
State HigherEducation Accountability and Learning Assessment
133
HigherEducation Accountability Outside the United States
161
Learning Assessment and Accountability for American Higher Education
183
Notes
211
References
217
Index
231
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Richard J. Shavelson is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Professor of Psychology, and former Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University. He is the coauthor of Scientific Research in Education (2002), with Lisa Towne and Generalizability Theory: A Primer (1991), with Noreen Webb, among other books, articles, and policy reports.

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