I wish that I could obtain multiple copies of this book and distribute it to key faculty across my campus.
This is the most concise, structured, and applied books on assessment that I have read to date. It is truly a 'how to' book for faculty to implement assessment in their department. It is perfect for colleges/universities that are just starting assessment programs, faculty that are new to assessment, or even faculty that could just some more direction. The entire time that I read this book I kept thinking how it would make a great outline for several assessment workshops.
The book breaks down assessment into 13 applied modules. It starts with an overview of assessment, talks about designing/starting an assessment program, then breaks down the tools needed for assessment, and finally tells you how to use and store your assessment data.
Each module is short and specific while still containing the needed information. The book itself is only 160 pages with references. It is a good length even for the busy professor.
The book is not perfect, but it is close enough. There are some items that I thought were too vague. I was not overjoyed with it not specifying a recommended limit on program learning outcomes, as I have seen them exceedingly high. However, further in the book it did give more specific recommendations. Also, the analysis portion of the book will probably be too basic for faculty in natural or social sciences.
With supplementation this would make an amazing guidebook for an assessment workbook. It is also an amazing resource for faculty and for assessment staff to have on hand.
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