Faculty Attitudes Towards Outcomes Assessment

Faculty Attitudes Towards Outcomes Assessment

  • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the
    • March 2005 thread Faculty Attitudes Toward Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, initiated by Reuel Barksdale.
    • April 2012 thread Searching for Survey of Faculty Knowledge of Assessment Basics and/or Faculty Attitudes Towards Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes, initiated by Allen Butt.
    • March 2013 thread Chronicle Point of View Piece, initiated by Zaneeta Daver. The online version of the 3/11/13 Chronicle of Higher Education article to which this refers, “Who’s Assessing the Assessors’ Assessors?,” includes readers’ comments that illustrate a wide range of faculty attitudes towards outcomes assessment. The online version of the article is available to Chronicle subscribers and through most college/university libraries.
    • August 2015 thread Chronicle Article-Does Assessment Make Colleges Better? Who Knows?, initiated by Catherine Wehlburg. The online version of the 8/14/15 Chronicle of Higher Education commentary where Erik Gilbert was curious about college’s assessment programs. The online version of the article is available to Chronicle subscribers and through most college/university libraries.
    • October 2015 thread Overcoming Faculty Resistance to Sharing Results, initiated by Marylee Demeter.
  • Developing/fostering positive attitudes and a “culture of assessment”
  • Faculty unions’ statements on outcomes assessment
  • Frequently-encountered objections to outcomes assessment
    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the discussion Logical Fallacies and Assessment, initiated by Stephen Zerwas.
      • April 2009, Logical Fallacies and Assessment – Straw Dog/Straw Man and the associated threads Assessment and Philosophical Issues (initiated by Steve RiCharde) and Logical Fallacies and Assessment – “red herrings” arguments (initiated by Stephen Zerwas). Posts include philosophical/theoretical discussion, examples of fallacious arguments, and suggestions for dealing with fallacious arguments.
      • August 2009, Logical Fallacies – Kill the Messenger and Kill the Messenger ?? Ad Hominum? Continued, initiated by Stephen Zerwas.
      • November 2015 thread Outcomes vs Outcomes, initiated by JaneMarie Souza.
  • “Our assessment says we’re doing just fine!”

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