A Case Study in Direct and Indirect Assessments of Student Learning Outcomes: Is There One Best Method?

17 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2013

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John H. Nugent

Texas Woman's University - College of Business; Texas Woman's University College of Business

Derek Crews

Texas Womans University - School of Management

Date Written: April 11, 2013

Abstract

As best of breed universities continue to search for more meaningful and effective direct student learning assessment outcome measurements in the United States, this paper examines the background, goals, objectives, and methods principally being utilized in the search for and operation of the ‘best fit’ direct assessment method of student learning outcomes. Numerous leading approaches are addressed in this paper and are accompanied by the results of these diverse approaches as experienced by one large business school. No one method was found to ‘perfectly’ meet all goals and objectives (‘the perfect solution’), but two approaches did deliver more insight relative to the measurement of student learning outcomes than the others. These latter approaches are examined in some detail and each is accompanied by the rubric that supports meaningful assessment of core learning objectives, abilities, and outcomes.

Keywords: assessments, direct, indirect, learning outcomes, methods, accreditors, assessors, benchmarking

Suggested Citation

Nugent, John H. and Crews, Derek, A Case Study in Direct and Indirect Assessments of Student Learning Outcomes: Is There One Best Method? (April 11, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2248873 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2248873

John H. Nugent (Contact Author)

Texas Woman's University - College of Business ( email )

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United States
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Texas Woman's University College of Business ( email )

Denton, TX
United States
214-682-8025 (Phone)

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Derek Crews

Texas Womans University - School of Management ( email )

Denton, TX
United States

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