The goal of Research & Practice in Assessment is to serve the assessment community as an online journal focusing on higher education assessment.  It is dedicated to the advancement of scholarly discussion amongst researchers and practitioners in this evolving field.  The journal originated from the Board of the Virginia Assessment Group, one of the oldest continuing professional higher education assessment organizations in the United States.  Research & Practice in Assessment is a peer-reviewed publication that uses a double-blind review process.  Approximately forty percent of submissions are accepted for issues that are published twice annually.

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Studying Learning in the Worldwide Classroom: Research into edX’s First MOOC Lori Breslow, David E. Pritchard, Jennifer DeBoer, Glenda S. Stump, Andrew D. Ho and Daniel T. Seaton
An Integrated Model of Influence: Use of Assessment Data in Higher Education Jessica L. Jonson, Tim Guetterman, and Robert J. Thompson Jr.
Understanding and Addressing the Challenges of Assessing College Student Growth in Student Affairs Nicholas A. Bowman
Assessment for Whom: Repositioning Higher Education Assessment as an Ethical and Value-Focused Social Practice Andrew F. Wall, David Hursh, and Joseph W. Rodgers III      


All manuscripts submitted to Research & Practice in Assessment should be related to various higher education assessment themes, and adopt either an assessment measurement or an assessment policy/foundations framework: Assessment Measurement: a) instrument design, b) validity and reliability, c) advanced quantitative design, d) advanced qualitative design Assessment Policy/Foundations: a) accreditation, b) best practices, c) social and cultural context, d) historical and philosophical context, e) political and economic context
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  • Winter 2017 Issue Available

    The contributions presented in this issue of Research & Practice in Assessment demonstrate important advancements in the practice and scholarship of assessment. The Winter 2017 issue of RPA includes five peer-reviewed articles that exhibit the importance of data-informed practices as … Continue reading

  • Summer 2017 Issue Available

    The contributions presented in this issue of Research & Practice in Assessment demonstrate the importance of data in decision making and selecting appropriate measures to demonstrate student learning and achievement outcomes. It is likely that you have faced challenges with … Continue reading