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Assessment is draining all the energy out of higher education.  Lesboprof, blogging in The Chronicle of Higher Education, commiserates for all of us....

Assessment in higher education: On the train or under it
For those of you who are responsible for collecting data for outside accrediting bodies, I would like to invite you to join in on a moment of bitching whining reflection.  For those of you faculty and administrators who don’t have primary responsibility for evaluating our work with students, our new programs, our curricula, and our productivity, you might as well read the following as an educational piece, because you won’t be able to avoid the assessment process much longer.

We know the public has long had a distrust of higher education, thinking we were mainly pointy-headed, poorly-dressed, over-educated, socially-awkward types who earn too much money to do too little work: teaching students and conducting research. This trend has worsened in recent years, for a variety of reasons (i.e., the Tea Party movement, the managerial trend in higher education, the advance of for-profit models of higher education and their abuse of federal funds, the increase in college tuition, the problems of graduates to find employment, etc,), and we are being asked for more and more proof of our accomplishments.

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roselynn05 said…
This is a growing trend in education. I work for a community college district where assessment has been a concern for the past eight years. We began with just class, course, and program assessment by faculty. Our assessment program has grown to include all staff and faculty to assess not only classes, but different departments such as student advising. We have also included general education assessment for composition, speech, and critical thinking. When I began teaching here eight years ago, some of the more senior faculty believed that this was just another fad in education. They didn't put forth much effort, believing that this would pass. However, assessment just continues to grow and become more important.

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