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Student Outcomes Assessment A Historical Review and Guide to Program Development by Serbrenia J. Sims

Student Outcomes Assessment A Historical Review and Guide to Program Development


Student Outcomes Assessment A Historical Review and Guide to Program Development by Serbrenia J. Sims

Colleges and universities have been criticized for their failure to educate students effectively. As a result, higher educational institutions have become increasingly interested in student outcomes assessment as an important tool for curriculum development and policy planning. This valuable work offers comprehensive coverage of issues, concepts, and practices in student outcomes assessment. The author explores the history of outcomes assessment, the role of governmental intervention in outcomes assessment, and the relationship between outcomes assessment and institutional accreditation. Sims begins by reviewing the political context of assessment programs and policies and by identifying and defining significant terms. She then traces the history of outcomes assessment programs at several institutions, and she studies the impact of federal and state initiatives on higher education. The study concludes with practical advice on developing assessment programs, and a valuable appendix summarizing and discussing important federal legislation in this area. Academic administrators and others concerned with educational policy will find this book a useful guide to a growing area of concern.

About the Author

SERBRENIA J. SIMS has worked for the School of Education at the College of William and Mary and the Center for Government and Public Affairs at the Montgomery campus of Auburn University. She has published several articles on higher education and personnel training and co-edited (with Ronald R. Sims) Managing Institutions of Higher Education into the 21st Century (Greenwood Press, 1991).

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Publication date

30th January 1992


Serbrenia J. Sims

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Praeger Publishers Inc an imprint of ABC-CLIO


168 pages


Organization & management of education



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