03 November 2009

Old Dominion's GNATs

"The number of colleges and universities carrying out assessment activities since the early 1980s has grown from a handful to virtually all institutions of higher education today."

~ from the History web page of Old Dominion University web site on assessment

The history of assessment at Old Dominion does a good job of highlighting the events since the '80s that drive measures today. The lesson is subtly made: attention to outcomes assessment is relatively recent. Old Dominion is frank about its own recent attention to building infrastructure for assessment. One of the institution's strategies was formation of GNATS—Great New Assessment Teams.

Old Dominion indicates that its assessment web site is "new and improved." Not knowing its previous condition, I can at least call the current version neat, clean, and easy to read. From left, check out the Assessment Cycle. From right, go ahead and click "Top 10 Facts About Assessment of Student Learning." The Top 10 list draws you in....

© 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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