Assessment under Resource Constraints

  • Steve Lovett The University of Texas at Brownsville, School of Business
  • Mary Curtis College of Education, The University of Texas at Brownsville
Keywords: program assessment, measuring learning, cross-sectional design, Hispanic Serving Institution, critical thinking skills

Abstract

Abstract: Assessment and the measurement of learning are receiving increasing emphasis in American higher education. This is a case study that demonstrates a simple, inexpensive method of measuring freshman to senior “gains” or learning using a cross-sectional methodology. Seniors and freshmen within a four-year business program were both given the same multi-part test. Not surprisingly, the seniors’ average score on all parts was higher than that of the freshmen. However, the seniors were older than the freshmen, indicating a possible maturity effect, and had higher average scores on their entrance examinations, indicating a possible selection effect. We used regression techniques to estimate these effects, and subtracted the estimate from the seniors’ gain to estimate a net gain. Our method is applicable to any learning outcome that can be quantified, and we believe that it is both effective and within the means of nearly all U.S. institutions of higher education.

Author Biographies

Steve Lovett, The University of Texas at Brownsville, School of Business

Associate Professor

Management and Marketing

Mary Curtis, College of Education, The University of Texas at Brownsville

Associate Professor

Edu. Psych. & Leadership

Published
2015-03-22
How to Cite
Lovett, S., & Curtis, M. (2015). Assessment under Resource Constraints. Current Issues in Education, 18(1). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/1357
Section
Articles