"This is an important tool in the movement to transform higher education. It recognizes and celebrates the diversity of American higher education by encouraging institutions to define for themselves the characteristics of effective assessment practices and develop genuine, meaningful processes that will contribute to the improvement of teaching, learning, and student development. It makes an important contribution to the scholarship of assessment by providing a research-based framework for merging student learning assessment processes with cyclical academic program review processes." (Linda Suskie, Executive Associate Director, Middle States Commission on Higher Education)
The compendium of ideas and activities to guide outcomes assessment will be useful to faculty and staff charged with determining the impact of their efforts. The strength and appeal of the volume are the variety of examples of good practices from different types of institutions assessing different aspects of their educational programs. Novice and experienced assessment practitioners alike will benefit from the host of practical tips threaded throughout." (George D. Kuh, Chancellor’s Professor and Director, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research)
About the Author
Marilee J. Bresciani is Professor for Postsecondary Education and Co-Director of the Center for Educational Leadership, Innovation, and Policy, San Diego State University. She was formerly Assistant Vice President for Institutional Assessment at Texas A&M University. She has conducted outcomes assessment for programs and courses and is frequently invited to present assessment workshops nationally and internationally.
Ralph A. Wolff is President of the Senior College Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a role he assumed in 1996. Prior to joining WASC, he founded and directed the Institute for Creative Thinking, which focused on leadership and change, an emphasis that has carried over to his work at WASC. During his term as president, he has led WASC to the forefront of accreditation as an agent of accountability and innovation by transforming the accreditation process to an outcomes and learning based model. His current efforts at the Commission include a redesign of the accreditation process that focuses on retention and graduation, defining degree outcomes more clearly, and opening the accreditation process to greater transparency.