Friday, January 7, 2011
The Enemy is US
in Meaningful Assessment
Dear Colleague (writes AAC&U)
Using assessment to improve student
learning is increasingly a reality in
higher education as
* the federal government,
* and other stakeholders
demand concrete measures of student
However, many colleges struggle
to find ways to develop effective
assessment systems that engage
educators and students and lead
and useful results.”
See: this isn’t as obvious as Mountain Removal
Coal mining, Jeff. That’s what makes it insidious.
THIS, I said.
IT, I said.
Do I have to spell THIS and IT out?
I don’t think I can—if you aren’t already tripped
up right off the bat by “using assessment to improve
student leaning” there’s no hope for me—for us.
Not to mention the referenced authority to accreditors,
federal government and (I love this recent term)
“stakeholders.” If that don’t raise red flags,
how am I going to?
Robust? to coin a phrase.
This is professionalism, for me. Jeff.
Where’s a Judy Judy Judy when we could use her?
I’m sure there must be many who beg to differ—take
umbrage even, if not issue with me and my assessment-
as-key-to-improvimg- learning paranoia.
We could argue, you’d think. A good thing.