Category Archives: Culture

Do We Really Need Student Learning Outcomes?

I made it to the end of my junior year of college without picking a major. It never really occurred to me to pick one. But I did know what I liked to do – drawing, writing, reading, baseball statistics, … Continue reading

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Assessment Planning and Decision-making: The Problems with Assessment Frameworks

Nearly everyone has an assessment framework that symbolizes how assessment does or should work. I haven’t viewed all of them. But I’ve seen a lot. And most of them look the same. In the book Reason & Rigor: How Conceptual … Continue reading

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Junk Assessment and Junk Miles: Quit Worrying About Assessment

Junk Miles On a recent long bike ride in the countryside of Illinois, I was concentrating on my training regimen and my mind wandered to assessment. Not something most normal people do, but it’s my job. Thinking about challenges associated … Continue reading

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Shadow & Genuine Assessment

Shadow assessment occurs when programs focus on what they think other people want to hear, as opposed to what is practical and meaningful for them. There are many reasons why programs engage in shadow assessment: – Fear of assessment and … Continue reading

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Serendipitous Assessment

An Art History major in college, I never felt confident in science and math (although I later liked learning statistics). In my senior year, I needed one more hour of science. I discovered an obscure one hour course in the … Continue reading

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Where Assessment Works Best

(Originally posted: Wednesday, February 19th, 2014) In Strategic Planning for Non-profits, John Bryson states that strategic planning works best at places that need it the least, and worst at places that need it the most. The message is that if … Continue reading

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Making Assessment Useful: Why People Are Really Bad At Using Results for Decision-Making

(Originally posted: Friday, January 24th, 2014) One of the most common challenges people face in assessment and planning is use. Some or maybe many programs go through a lot of work to gather data, talk in meetings, and sit through … Continue reading

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