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 the use of such measures.
The Summer 2017 issue includes three peer-reviewed articles that exemplify the importance of data use and utilization of strong measures to advance assessment practices in higher education. Addressing the challenge of predicting student readiness for college, Soland utilizes data reduction techniques to identify the strongest identifiers of college readiness. Gray, Brown, and Connolly present evidence of using the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Quantitative Literacy VALUE rubric to assess a single construct, Empirical and Quantitative Skill, in performance-based assessment. Prinski and Winterrowd examine the implications of measure selection when assessing the impact of campus counseling services on students’ academic functioning.
Stitt-Bergh reviews Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, a text designed for faculty to incorporate assessment techniques that not only measure, but also facilitate student learning.
This issue also includes a Notes in Brief that highlights the importance of teaching graduate students how to engage in robust assessment practices and affords the opportunity for faculty to reflect and examine their own teaching practices. I hope the scholarship and practices presented in this issue will be applicable to your work.
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