March 30, 2007
New Software Aids in Assessment
Facing greater demands for accountability, colleges turn to technology to analyze mounds of data
The last time Virginia Commonwealth University had to prepare for an accreditation review, officials here found themselves overwhelmed with data.
The university's accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, was asking for more information than ever before about how much students were learning: grades, test scores, written evaluations, and other measures.