ABSTRACT: Norman Stahl (2014) of the LrnAsst list has called attention to the AAC&U (2014) report "68 Institutions in Nine States to Pilot New Approach to ?Learning Outcomes Assessment" at <http://bit.ly/1o6Xfsn>. The report states (slightly edited):
" 'The calls are mounting daily for higher education to be able to show what students can successfully do with their learning,' said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. 'The Multi-State Collaborative is a very important step toward focusing assessment on the best evidence of all: the work students produce in the course of their college studies.'. . . . . . . . . . For more information, see 'VALUE: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education' (AAC&U, 2014b) at <http://bit.ly/1pn6s3u>; and 'MSC: A Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment' (SHEEO, 2014) at <http://bit.ly/1mhWSXv>. . . . . ."
This response to the above with its over 50 references and over 80 hot links can serve as a window into the literature of undergraduate learning assessment. It consists of two parts:
PART I: An expurgated and annotated version of a letter in support of the AAC&U's assessment of undergraduate learning titled "It's Time to Get Serious About the Right Kind of Assessment" by Daniel F. Sullivan (2014) at <http://bit.ly/1mg77Rn>. Sullivan is President Emeritus of St. Lawrence University, Senior Advisor to the AAC&U President; and Chair, AAC&U Presidents' Trust.
PART II: A review of assessments of undergraduate learning prior to the AAC&U effort. Updated and revised from "The Physics Education Reform Effort: A Possible Model for Higher Education?" (Hake, 2006a) at <http://bit.ly/9aicfh>.
REFERENCES [URL shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 16 July 2014.]
Hake, R.R. 2014. "Assessment of Undergraduate Student Learning," post of 16 Jul 2014 16:40:53-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. Online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/1tTx5PF>. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/1r5fbWs> with a provision for comments.