International Survey of Research University Leadership: Evaluation of the Student Assessment Effort

  • ID: 4462896
  • Report
  • 50 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The 50-page study gives detailed data on how 249 university deans, provosts, administrative and academic department heads and other leaders perceive the university office of student assessment, or similar office that performs these functions.  It also looks specifically at the level of support among university leaders for spending on assessment personnel, standardized testing, assessment training for faculty and other assessment tools.

Respondents were drawn from major research universities in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Data in the report is broken out by a broad range of criteria including: age, gender, academic title, and compensation level of respondent, and university ranking, public/private status and country of origin of the respondents affiliated institution. The sample is comprised of deans, provosts, chancellors, trustees, vice presidents, upper level administration directors, academic department heads, and distinguished professors.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • In general, the most highly ranked schools were for the most part more critical of the assessment office than were their lower ranked peers; for those from top 40 universities, less than 20% considered assessment office performance to be good or excellent while 50% thought it only acceptable.
  • The older the interviewee, the more likely that they were to feel that their faculty thought of the university's student assessment effort as important or very important.
  • By country, the greatest sentiment for the university to spend more on student assessment was in Australia/New Zealand where 28% of leaders interviewed wanted to spend more.
  • 36.55% wanted the university to spend about the same that it had been spending on assessment training for university faculty.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE     
INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATIONS OF THE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS     
SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS     
Rating the Performance of the Assessment Office     
How Important Faculty View Student Assessment Efforts?     
Should the University Spend More, Spend Less or About the Same on Assessment Efforts?     
Should the University Spend More, Spend Less or About the Same on Standardized Testing?     
Should the University Spend More, Spend Less or About the Same on University Positions Focused on Assessment?     
Should the University Spend More, Less or About the Same on Assessment Training for Faculty?     

List of Tables

Table 1.1 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the performance your university office of student assessment or similar office that performs this function?     
Table 1.2 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the performance your university office of student assessment or similar office that performs this function? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking     
Table 1.3 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the performance your university office of student assessment or similar office that performs this function? Broken out by country     
Table 1.4 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the performance your university office of student assessment or similar office that performs this function? Broken out for public and private universities     
Table 1.5 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the performance your university office of student assessment or similar office that performs this function? Broken out by gender of survey participant     
Table 1.6 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the performance your university office of student assessment or similar office that performs this function? Broken out by age of survey participant     
Table 1.7 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the performance your university office of student assessment or similar office that performs this function? Broken out by position or title of survey participant     
Table 1.8 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the performance your university office of student assessment or similar office that performs this function? Broken out by academic field of survey participant     
Table 1.9 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the performance your university office of student assessment or similar office that performs this function? Broken out by annual compensation of the survey participant (The figures are in US dollars/please convert your salary at the prevailing exchange rate for those from non-USA universities)     
Table 2.1 In your view student assessment efforts are viewed by your university faculty as just how important?     
Table 2.2 In your view student assessment efforts are viewed by your university faculty as just how important? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking     
Table 2.3 In your view student assessment efforts are viewed by your university faculty as just how important? Broken out by country     
Table 2.4 In your view student assessment efforts are viewed by your university faculty as just how important? Broken out for public and private universities     
Table 2.5 In your view student assessment efforts are viewed by your university faculty as just how important? Broken out by gender of survey participant     
Table 2.6 In your view student assessment efforts are viewed by your university faculty as just how important? Broken by age of survey participant     
Table 2.7 In your view student assessment efforts are viewed by your university faculty as just how important? Broken out by position or title of survey participant     
Table 2.8 In your view student assessment efforts are viewed by your university faculty as just how important? Broken out by academic field of survey participant     
Table 2.9 In your view student assessment efforts are viewed by your university faculty as just how important? Broken out by annual compensation of the survey participant (The figures are in US dollars/please convert your salary at the prevailing exchange rate for those from non-USA universities)     
Table 3 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on the following practices or concepts?     
Table 3.1.1 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing for Incoming Students?     
Table 3.1.2 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing for Incoming Students? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking     
Table 3.1.3 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing for Incoming Students? Broken out by Country     
Table 3.1.4 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing for Incoming Students? Broken out for public and private universities     
Table 3.1.5 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing for Incoming Students? Broken out by gender of survey participant     
Table 3.1.6 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing for Incoming Students? Broken by age of survey participant     
Table 3.1.7 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing for Incoming Students? Broken out by position or title of survey participant     
Table 3.1.8 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing for Incoming Students? Broken out by academic field of survey participant     
Table 3.1.9 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing for Incoming Students? Broken out by annual compensation of the survey participant (The figures are in US dollars/please convert your salary at the prevailing exchange rate for those from non-USA universities)     
Table 3.2.1 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing to Evaluate Student Progress?     
Table 3.2.2 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing to Evaluate Student Progress? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking     
Table 3.2.3 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing to Evaluate Student Progress? Broken out by Country     
Table 3.2.4 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing to Evaluate Student Progress? Broken out for public and private universities     
Table 3.2.5 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing to Evaluate Student Progress? Broken out by gender of survey participant     
Table 3.2.6 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing to Evaluate Student Progress? Broken by age of survey participant     
Table 3.2.7 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing to Evaluate Student Progress? Broken out by position or title of survey participant     
Table 3.2.8 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing to Evaluate Student Progress? Broken out by academic field of survey participant     
Table 3.2.9 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Standardized Testing to Evaluate Student Progress? Broken out by annual compensation of the survey participant (The figures are in US dollars/please convert your salary at the prevailing exchange rate for those from non-USA universities)     
Table 3.3.1 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on University Positions Focused on Assessment Issues?     
Table 3.3.2 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on University Positions Focused on Assessment Issues? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking     
Table 3.3.3 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on University Positions Focused on Assessment Issues? Broken out by country     
Table 3.3.4 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on University Positions Focused on Assessment Issues? Broken out for public and private universities     
Table 3.3.5 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on University Positions Focused on Assessment Issues? Broken out by gender of survey participant     
Table 3.3.6 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on University Positions Focused on Assessment Issues? Broken by age of survey participant     
Table 3.3.7 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on University Positions Focused on Assessment Issues? Broken out by position or title of survey participant     
Table 3.3.8 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on University Positions Focused on Assessment Issues? Broken out by academic field of survey participant     
Table 3.3.9 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on University Positions Focused on Assessment Issues? Broken out by annual compensation of the survey participant (The figures are in US dollars/please convert your salary at the prevailing exchange rate for those from non-USA universities)     
Table 3.4.1 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Assessment Training for Faculty?     
Table 3.4.2 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Assessment Training for Faculty? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking     
Table 3.4.3 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Assessment Training for Faculty? Broken out by country     
Table 3.4.4 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Assessment Training for Faculty? Broken out for public and private universities     
Table 3.4.5 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Assessment Training for Faculty? Broken out by gender of survey participant     
Table 3.4.6 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Assessment Training for Faculty? Broken by age of survey participant     
Table 3.4.7 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Assessment Training for Faculty? Broken out by position or title of survey participant     
Table 3.4.8 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Assessment Training for Faculty? Broken out by academic field of survey participant     
Table 3.4.9 Your university should spend more, less or about the same on Assessment Training for Faculty? Broken out by annual compensation of the survey participant (The figures are in US dollars/please convert your salary at the prevailing exchange rate for those from non-USA universities)     
What should your university be doing to improve student assessment efforts? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking

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