4. How can the department insure that all students are assessed? What if students don’t want to participate?
The most viable solution is to integrate assessment into the curriculum. For example, a department might design internship evaluations so that they provide useful information about student performance on key objectives, or incorporate senior projects and exit exams into a capstone course, or pre-test students in an introductory course. Students will engage in assessment activities that are an integral, logical part of their education. In any case, since voluntary participation is highly unlikely to produce satisfactory levels of student involvement, both the benefits of participating and the costs of abstaining need to be made evident to the students in terms that make sense to them.