Weathering the Perfect Storm or Thriving in a New Environment: Assessing a Proficiency Based Economics Major

33 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2006

See all articles by Steven C. Myers

Steven C. Myers

University of Akron - Department of Economics

Michael A. Nelson

University of Akron - Department of Economics

Richard W. Stratton

University of Akron - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 13, 2006

Abstract

Increased pressure from institutional accrediting agencies has required economic departments to develop program assessment plans. Episodic program reviews that focus on departmental inputs are no longer acceptable in an environment that stresses student outcomes and continuous improvement processes. Yet there is little specific guidance on how to construct and implement an effective assessment process for the economics major. We provide such guidance based on good practices from the general program assessment literature and the best standards of the economic discipline. Practical implementation issues are also discussed. The plan, which embraces Hansen's student outcome proficiencies, embeds formative and summative assessment in the curriculum, captures data in student portfolios and a capstone experience for all majors.

JEL Classification: A, A2, A22

Suggested Citation

Myers, Steven C. and Nelson, Michael A. and Stratton, Richard W., Weathering the Perfect Storm or Thriving in a New Environment: Assessing a Proficiency Based Economics Major (October 13, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=946032 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.946032

Steven C. Myers (Contact Author)

University of Akron - Department of Economics ( email )

Akron, OH 44325
United States
330-972-7421 (Phone)
330-972-7421 (Fax)

Michael A. Nelson

University of Akron - Department of Economics ( email )

Akron, OH 44325
United States
330-972-7939 (Phone)
330-972-5356 (Fax)

Richard W. Stratton

University of Akron - Department of Economics ( email )

Akron, OH 44325
United States
330-972-7440 (Phone)
330-972-5356 (Fax)

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