Assessing Academic Programs in Higher Education focuses on implementing assessment within academic programs. Allen includes a lot of useful information within this small volume. It focuses on educational outcomes and learning outcomes, as well as aligning curriculum with learning outcomes. This is the role of assessment. Allen breaks down ways of implementing assessment, engaging faculty in the assessment process, as well as assessment techniques. The book contains a very detailed introductory guide to direct and indirect assessment techniques. It focuses on rubrics and focus groups specifically.
This is a great volume of a variety of academic assessment. At times it is very basic and could have gone into a bit more depth. However, overall it is extremely informative without being centralized to just one aspect of academic assessment. The book is written more towards faculty but is a good resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about academic assessment. It is also a great book to have on hand when you want a refresher on one aspect of assessment.
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