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Example of Good Assessment Practice: Texas A&M International University

 



Baker, G. R. (2012, April). Texas A&M International University: A Culture of Assessment INTEGRATEd (NILOA Examples of Good Assessment Practice). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

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Texas A&M International University: A Culture of Assessment INTEGRATEd

Texas A&M International University was selected as a NILOA case study institution due to 1) its commitment to choosing assessments and tools appropriate for its students, 2) its long history with and innovative approach to assessment, and 3) the influential role of professional development at the institution to help prepare “Assessment Champions” and expand the number of “pockets of excellence” in terms of assessment practices throughout the campus.
Link to the full report here.

Lessons from Texas A&M International University

1. Developing effective assessment processes takes committed “assessment champions” and time.

2. Support from administrators who have been involved with assessment and a faculty steering committee help motivate faculty and staff to engage in and stay engaged with assessment. 

3. While state-initiated assessment and accreditation requirements continue to drive assessment activity, institutions can leverage these opportunities to ensure that assessment processes are developed and integrated to further student learning.

4. Openness, accessibility of information in central locations, and sharing of practices are instrumental in integrating a culture of assessment on campus.

5. Effective assessment requires an understanding of students and their needs, the campus context, and the institution’s educational and assessment goals.