Tagstudent learning

“Engagement isn’t necessarily a recipe for academic gains”

At schools around the globe, girls outscore boys, and bored students are better test takers than their more motivated peers. These topsy-turvy observations are the latest findings in a report from the Washington-based Brookings Institution, research that is part of a long-running series that aims to put a finger on the pulse of academics in the United States and abroad. The study by...

Have we reached peak NSSE?

More trend data from their annual reports: There is a clear decline in the past five years. While some of this is probably due to institutions using the NSSE on a less than annual basis, I think there is a real decline here (the fact that schools may be using it less frequently is also an indicator of how useful they are finding it). My prediction is that this decline will continue as...

Measuring college student learning in the UNC system

The General Education Council of the UNC General Administration asked me to give a presentation on issues around measuring student learning in higher education. Slides are here.
The state has adopted an ambitious strategic plan; one of their stated strategies is “Become a national leader in the assessment of student learning gains” (p. 44).

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