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Articles from Vol. 13/14, No. 4/1, Fall/Winter

Assessing Early Integrative Learning
In fall 2003, the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University implemented a revised core curriculum that created a more collaborative learning environment, one built on a foundational course: Core Seminar (COS), The Idea of the Human. This course introduces...
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Assessing General Education Learning Outcomes
Much has been written about the current shift toward a knowledge economy and the resulting effects on our society and culture (Houghton and Sheehan 2000). Just as the practices of our business community are quickly evolving to keep pace with this shift,...
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Emerging Evidence on Using Rubrics
In 2009, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) publicly released a set of rubrics for evaluating achievement of a wide array of cross-cutting learning outcomes. These rubrics were developed as part of AAC&U s VALUE (Valid...
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Fostering Integrative Knowledge and Lifelong Learning
Like many other institutions, we have been working to develop new ways to educate our students to be flexible lifelong learners and leaders capable of responding to a world of constant change. We want to provide a foundation for intentional, critically...
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From the Editor
As institutions are asked to document the quality of student learning, the VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) project is helping them define, document, assess, and strengthen student achievement of the essential learning...
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How Reliable Are the VALUE Rubrics?
The VALUE reliability study was developed to gather data on the usability and transferability of rubrics both within and across institutions. This study was also designed to address the degree of reliability and consensus in scoring across faculty from...
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Increasing the Validity of Outcomes Assessment
Increasing accountability in higher education has prompted institutions to develop methods to meet growing expectations that they will implement and demonstrate a commitment to the assessment of student learning outcomes. These responses range from ensuring...
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Measuring Student Progress with E-Portfolios
In his "An Essay on Criticism/' Alexander Pope defines wit thusly: "True wit is nature to advantage dressed, /What oft was said, but ne'er so well expressed/Something whose truth convinced at sight we find, /That gives us back the image of our mind."In...
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Our Primitive Art of Measurement
Every week brings news of another state legislature enacting 'reforms' of K-12 education, based on students' test scores. Standardized test scores are being used to evaluate, compare, and fail teachers and schools. Will the "press to assess with a test"...
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Staying on Track with Rubric Assessment: Five Institutions Investigate Information Literacy Learning
Like many AAC&U essential learning outcomes, information literacy - the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information - is a concept integrated into curricula and cocurricula campuswide. Throughout college, students are asked to define their information...
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Using VALUE Rubrics to Evaluate Collaborative Course Design
In recent years, the University of Kansas has made it a priority to improve the written communication and critical thinking skills of our undergraduate students. We especially have embraced the challenge of enhancing these skills in courses with larger...
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