Each of the nine sections below describes, in progression, important
aspects of a student assessment process necessary to consider when implementing
a successful institutional strategy.
Organizational and Administrative Approaches
to, Support for, and Uses of Student Assessment: Partial Institutionalization
a brief summary of the findings from the national study, including
the national survey and the case study institutions.
Predictors of Institutional Approaches
a summary of the external and internal influences on institutional
approaches to student assessment as well as the purposes and patterns
of support for institutional student assessment efforts.
Predictors of Institutional Uses of Student Assessment
a summary of the organizational and administrative variables and characteristics
that help to predict the use of student assessment information in academic
Patterns of Organizing
descriptions of three organizational patterns for institutional student
Three Conceptual Approaches
descriptions and details of three conceptual approaches to supporting
student assessment at the institutional level.
Linking Student Assessment to
Academic Management and Educational Improvement
rationale and necessity for creating a student assessment process that
serves both internal and external purposes for student assessment and
links the student assessment process to an institution's core academic
management function and the institutions educational improvement offices
Leadership, Coordination, and Information
discussion of these important aspects of any student assessment process
with examples from the national study.
Faculty Involvement In and Satisfaction With Student Assessment
a summary of the factors that promote involvement by faculty in institutional
and classroom student assessment.
Building a Culture for Student Assessment
a rationale for the value of and the need to build a student assessment
culture across the institution.