Measuring Learning, Using the Results
In recent years, state and federal lawmakers and accreditors have placed much more emphasis on measuring student learning, institution by institution, instead of just focusing on the grades individual students earn or the programs colleges offer. As this trend has taken off, many have voiced concern that as colleges adopt assessment systems, they aren't necessarily using the results to do anything beyond telling outside groups that they have some assessment tool in place.
On March 31, at noon Eastern, Inside Higher Ed will
sponsor an audio conference, led by a national expert on assessment,
to focus on the context for recent assessment demands -- and the all-important
question of how college use the results they gain. The presenter, Richard
Shavelson, is both a scholar of assessment and someone who has helped
develop assessment tools.
Among the topics he will cover:
• Why assessment became a hot issue, and why
it didn't go away with Margaret Spellings' departure as education secretary.
The program will feature a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute question-and-answer period. The entire program will last one hour.
This event is ideal for:
• Provosts and deans
This audio conference, "Measuring Learning,
Using the Results," costs $199 for a single telephone
line; listen yourself or with a group around a conference table.
(Institutions wishing to have multiple people participate from
separate locations may need to purchase additional lines.) Register
early -- through Friday, March 12-- and the cost is only $149.
Upon registering, you'll be e-mailed information about how to dial in.
The day before the conference, we'll send you a PowerPoint that you
can use to follow along with the presentation. This is an audio-only
conference; you will not need to be connected to the Internet to participate.
About the presenter:
Richard Shavelson is Emeritus Margaret Jacks Professor
of Education, professor of psychology and former dean of the School
of Education at Stanford University. He also helped to develop the Collegiate
Learning Assessment (although this presentation will not focus on the
CLA and will be oriented for colleges using a range of assessment systems).
His most recent book is "Measuring College Learning Responsibly:
Accountability in a New Era" (Stanford University Press).
About Inside Higher Ed: