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October 2, 2011, 11:53 pm

Assessment in higher education: On the train or under it

Collecting Data

Would that collecting data was as fun as collecting butterflies...

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…

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