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Higher Education Assessments: Leadership Matters by Gary L. Kramer, ISBN-13: 978-1442206205

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Higher Education Assessments: Leadership Matters by Gary L. Kramer, ISBN-13: 978-1442206205

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  • Publisher: ‎ Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; (October 16, 2010)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 288 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1442206209
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1442206205

Higher Education Assessments: Leadership Matters reflects the work of a select group of researchers, scholars, and practitioners in higher education assessment with the goal of identifying strategies that assist senior campus leaders as they respond to the challenges of a changing economic landscape and political climate. The contributors, experts in the field, bring to the forefront key issues relevant to advancing assessments in higher education-principles that culminate in improving student learning and development. Kramer and Swing provide a tool for presidents, vice presidents, provosts, and deans to determine which areas of assessment matter most in their institutions and how they can measure progress in aligning claims with outcomes. The contributors deftly address assessment in student affairs, documentation of student learning, student engagement to bridge learner outcomes, assessment in the disciplines, assessments that can transform a culture, and putting students first as partners in the learning enterprise. In doing so, they have focused on what a campus president and his or her team need to know and do to lead assessment successfully on campus and as they set the tone for and facilitate institutional assessments.

From the Foreword: The challenge of the next decade will be not just to take stock of student learning, but to get better at generating it, intentionally, systematically, and continuously. The chapters in this volume are designed to remind that the management of assessment is much like the management of anything else. What is needed is an explicit plan, consistent with the institution’s mission and values, that documents in sufficient detail what needs to be done and who is to do it…. — Peter T. Ewell, vice president, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)

Because Higher Education Assessments is aimed at leaders, the book fills a critical need and void. A number of points drive the power of the book: a connection to the mission and a well-defined broad spectrum of diversity that success should result in more support for what works and that a systems approach allows institutions to think about rewarding successful programs with additional resources. — Catherine Andersen, associate provost, Gallaudet University

The message of the book frames the assessment vehicle for better education, for better learning, for better program design. — Andrew T. Phillips, academic dean and provost, United States Naval Academy

If anyone were to ask me who needs another book on assessment? I would answer, we do! Presidents, provosts, and members of the senior leadership team whose task is not how to do assessment but how assessment should be done with purpose. That purpose is to align all that we do so that in the end we will fulfill the fundamental purposes of our institutions. The book is a winner! — Earl H. Potter, president, St. Cloud State University

I can comfortably say I am impressed by the energy, thinking and empirical work that has evolved and is described in this book regarding the partnership in the learning enterprise…the emergence of the novel idea of putting students first in assessments…what an important concept. — Joseph Crowley, president emeritus, University of Nevada, Reno

From the Foreword:The challenge of the next decade will be not just to take stock of student learning, but to get better at generating it, intentionally, systematically, and continuously. The chapters in this volume are designed to remind that the management of assessment is much like the management of anything else. What is needed is an explicit plan, consistent with the institution’s mission and values, that documents in sufficient detail what needs to be done and who is to do it. — Peter T. Ewell, vice president, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)

The book will serve as a tool for leaders to determine which areas of assessment matter most at their institutions and how they can measure progress. ― Presidency

Higher Education Assessments: Leadership Matters has value for broad college and university audiences. Its primary draw will be among higher education leaders who need to familiarize themselves with critical questions of assessment and accountability. Campus leadership teams and assessment professionals will benefit from reading the book together as engaged team development. Although written for top-level leaders, the book is equally suitable for deans or department heads who aspire to attain high-level posts and should be of interest to anyone concerned with assessment in higher education.
The Review of Higher Education

Gary L. Kramer is professor of counseling psychology and special education in the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling, Brigham Young University. Randy L. Swing is executive director of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) in Tallahassee, Florida.

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