Assessment, Accountability, and Improvement: Revisiting the Tension

Assessment, Accountability, and Improvement: Revisiting the Tension
A key piece from Peter Ewell and NCHEMS, and a good resource for those who wonder why we do what we do the way we do.  This assessment of assessment is both a rationale and a blueprint:

Ewell says:

“Institutional accrediting organizations remain membership associations, however, so they cannot stray too far toward establishing common standards and applying them through aggressive review.”

“They also remain extremely limited in their ability to influence the majority of institutions not at risk of losing accreditation.”

“The future effectiveness of institutional accreditation in both promoting good practice and in reinforcing the academy’s assumption of consistent and transparent standards of student academic achievement lies entirely in the hands of the academy and its leadership.”

peterewell 2009