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A ROAD MAP FOR IMPROVEMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING AND SUPPORT SERVICES THROUGH ASSESSMENT


by James O. Nichols and Karen W. Nichols

with additional contributions by Cheryl Cleaves, Paul Cunningham, Eliot Elfner, Margie Hobbs, Fred Trapp and Daniel Weinstein

This new work completely replaces A Practitioner's Handbook for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Outcomes Assessment as the foundation volume in the series of five volumes that together constitute a step-by-step guide to the planning and implementation of assessment procedures at multiple levels across the institution. The principal authors have advised and assisted more than three hundred and fifty institutions, from small two-year colleges through major research institutions in every regional accrediting association, in designing and implementing a model for assessment of student outcomes and institutional effectiveness.

With nearly one hundred charts and figures and many examples of assessment tests and surveys and related documents over a broad range of topics, Road Map provides a simple and focused pathway to successful implementation. The straightforward explanations and examples lead the campus across the Five-Column Model to "closing the loop" through the use assessment results to improve student learning and educational support and administrative services. Road Map also acknowledges the growing maturity of the assessment field by devoting considerable attention to the use of actual results to improve student learning and support services. Additionally, it provides separate chapters concerning assessment in: administrative and educational support services, general education, and two-year colleges, as well as graduate and professional level occupational programs. In each instance the narrative explains the difference in implementation in that specific context and provides examples of successful implementation. Road Map, with the companion monographs to which it is cross-referenced, provides comprehensive guidance and support for successful implementation at the institutional, departmental, and program levels.
July 2005: ISBN 0-87586-325-6    7 x 10"    c. 350 pages    $48.00

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ASSESSMENT CASE STUDIES: COMMON ISSUES IN IMPLEMENTATION WITH VARIOUS CAMPUS APPROACHES TO RESOLUTION
by James O. Nichols

In-depth analyses of the implementation experiences of eleven different institutions, ranging from community colleges to full degree-granting universities, with descriptions of both successes and failures. The nine appendices include nearly sixty examples of intended educational outcomes, means of assessment, and criteria for success from a variety of disciplines, and samples of relevant assessment and outcomes documents from ten of the institutions.
ISBN 0-87586-112-1    7 x 10"    224 pages    $30.00

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MONOGRAPHS
(all three include illustrative charts and sample forms that may also be downloaded from the authors' website: www.iea-nich.com.)

THE DEPARTMENTAL GUIDE AND RECORD BOOK FOR STUDENT OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT AND INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS (third edition) by James O. Nichols and Karen W. Nichols

The Departmental Guide, which has sold more than 30,000 copies, in this third edition focuses exclusively on assessment of instructional programs. Sections on assessment in graduate and professional programs and an introduction to assessment in general education have been added, as has been expanded coverage of topics encountered as institutions attempt to "close the loop" to include utilization of assessment results to improve student learning.
ISBN 0-87586-129-6    7 x 10"    80 pages    $10 ea.    In packs of 5, $7.50 ea. ($37.50 per pack)

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GENERAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT FOR IMPROVEMENT OF STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Guidance for Academic Departments and Committees
by James O. Nichols and Karen W. Nichols

This monograph focuses on general education, the one common curricular component that most institutions of higher learning share at the undergraduate level. Also known as the "core curriculum," this uniquely American curricular form is among the common interests of regional accreditation associations throughout the United States. In publicly financed institutions, it is also the area most likely to be the subject of "assessment for accountability" efforts by the public and their representatives. The monograph is user-oriented like the others in the series. Specific examples of models of general education assessment activities (through use of results to improve student learning) are provided for a comprehensive community college, a major state university, and a private college. Users are encouraged to adjust and adapt the models described to best meet their institutional circumstances and culture.
ISBN 0-87586-133-4    7 x 10"    112 pages    $12 ea.    In packs of 5, $9.00 ea. ($45.00 per pack)

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THE DEPARTMENT HEAD'S GUIDE TO ASSESSMENT IMPLEMENTATION IN ADMINISTRATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT UNITS
by Karen W. Nichols and James O. Nichols
The first publication to recognize that while administrative and educational support (AES) units should conduct assessment to improve their services, their assessment focus and procedures are substantively different from those in the institution's instructional programs. The Department Head's Guide leads AES staff through formulation of administrative service objectives, to identification of means of assessment, as well as primary and secondary criteria for success, and ultimately to using the results of assessment activities to improve services. Among the AES units for which the authors provide examples of the process are the Office of the Registrar, the Library, the Career Center, and the Accounting Department. Assessment implementation in public service and research units is also discussed.
ISBN 0-87586-130-x    7 x 10"    128 pages    $14 ea.    In packs of 5, $10.50 ea. ($52.50 per pack)

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