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Richard Hake

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Assessment of Undergraduate Student Learning
Posted: Jul 17, 2014 12:50 PM
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Some subscribers to Math-Teach might be interested in a discussion-list post "Assessment of Undergraduate Student Learning" [Hake (2014)]. The abstract reads:


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 <>. 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 <>; and 'MSC: A Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment' (SHEEO, 2014) at <>. . . . . ."

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 <>. 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 <>.


To access the complete 115 kB post please click on <>.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University. LINKS TO: Academia <>; Articles <>; Blog <>; Facebook <>; GooglePlus <>; Google Scholar <>; Linked In <>; Research Gate <>; Socratic Dialogue Inducing (SDI) Labs <>; Twitter <>.

REFERENCES [URL shortened by <> 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 <>. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <> with a provision for comments.

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