My work in library assessment has often included projects and conversations with campus assessment officers and personnel in institutional research/institutional effectiveness. We’ve talked about the library demonstrating its value for accreditation purposes and worked on engaging faculty in information literacy assessment. In my work with Project SAILS and the Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy, I have seen a growing number of campus assessment professionals utilizing these tools to meet their campus assessment needs.
A few years ago I decided to learn more about the world of higher ed assessment and institutional research that exists outside the library. What are the priorities and perspectives of these professionals? Here are five of the most interesting and valuable sources that I have encountered.
All descriptions below come from the organizations’ web sites.
The AALHE is an organization of practitioners interested in using effective assessment practice to document and improve student learning. As such, it serves the needs of those in higher education for whom assessment is a tool to help them understand learning and develop processes for improving it.
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The Assessment Profession in Higher Education: Addressing the Varied Professional Development Needs of Practitioners is packed with useful information about assessment practitioners’ perceptions, roles, and needs. Join the authors on July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM Eastern for a webinar in which they describe their research, results, and practical recommendations in the area of professional development. Sign up here for the Assessment Profession in Higher Education webinar.
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