6. Can you be more specific about acceptable and unacceptable measures of student learning?

North Central Evaluators (Lopez 13) distinguish direct from indirect measures of student learning. Direct measures include the capstone experience, portfolio assessment, standardized tests, certification and licensure exams, locally developed exams, essay exams blind scored by multiple scorers, juried review of student performances and projects, external evaluation of student performance in internships. Indirect measures include surveys, exit interviews, retention and transfer rates, length of time to degree, SAT and ACT scores, graduation rates, and placement and acceptance data. Grade point averages, grades in the major, faculty/student ratios, curriculum review documents, accreditation reports, demographic data, and other administrative data are not acceptable measures of student outcomes.


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