Data Informed Perspectives on the Undergraduate Student Experience. George D. Kuh ACHA Professional Development Workshop Las Vegas, NV November 30, 2006. Commission on Future of Higher Education. Improve student academic preparation and make more financial aid available
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Data Informed Perspectives on the Undergraduate Student Experience
Student health does not receive the attention it deserves on college campuses because it is not perceived to be a major factor in student or institutional performance
Academic achievement, engagement in educationally purposeful activities, satisfaction, acquisition of desired knowledge, skills and competencies, persistence, attainment of educational objectives, and post-college performance
Assess: (v.): to examine carefully
Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development
(Palomba & Banta, 1999, p. 4)
Wise decisions are needed about what to measure in the context of campus mission, values, and desired outcomes.
“If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it…”
Who students are
Evidence of effective educational activity by students and institutions
Evidence of what students learn or can do
UCLA Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP)
What percent of high school seniors have college-level reading skills?
(a) 51% (b) 59% (c) 68% (d) 77% (e) none of the above
True or false:
25% of first-year first-time frosh at two-year colleges are required to take one or more remedial courses in college.
True or false:
About $300 million is spent annually on postsecondary remediation coursework.
What percent of students who take at least one remedial course in reading do not earn a certificate or degree within 8 years of first enrollment?
(a) 18% (b) 33% (c) 43%
(d) 61% (e) 70%
About what percent of community college students return for the second year?
(a) 29% (b) 33% (c) 50%
(d) 61% (e) 77%
SSI by Noel-Levitz: http://www.noellevitz.com/solutions/retention/satisfaction/sample.asp
Quik Call charges 18¢ per minute for long-distance calls. Econo Phone totals your phone usage each month and rounds the number of minutes up to the nearest 15 minutes. It then charges $7.90 per hour of phone usage, dividing this charge into 15-minute segments if you used less than a full hour. If your office makes 5 hours 3 minutes worth of calls this month using the company with the lower price, how much will these calls cost?
A. $41.48 B. $39.50 C. $41.87 D. $54.00 E. $54.54
APPLIED MATHEMATICS: Level 5 Sample Question
WorkKeys Assessments by ACT- http://www.act.org/workkeys/assess/(B)
WorkKeys Assessments by ACT- http://www.act.org/workkeys/assess/(C)
Item # 1
In the end, everyone gives up jogging. Some find that their strenuous efforts to earn a living drains (1) away their energy.
Item # 2
Others suffering from (2) defeat by the hazards of the course, from hard pavement to muddy tracks, and from smog to sleet and snow.
A. NO CHANGEB. drainC. has drainedD. is draining
Question # 2
A. NO CHANGEB. sufferedC. sufferD. suffering with
Writing Skills Sample Passage and Items
CAAP by ACT- http://www.act.org/caap/index.html( B, C)
Evidence that students and institutions are devoting effort to engaging in educationally purposeful activities
Because individual effort and involvement are the critical determinants of impact, institutions should focus on the ways they can shape their academic, interpersonal, and extracurricular offerings to encourage student engagement.
Pascarella & Terenzini, How College Affects Students, 2005, p. 602
Time on task (Tyler, 1930s)
Quality of effort (Pace, 1960-70s)
Student involvement (Astin, 1984)
Social, academic integration (Tinto,1987, 1993)
Good practices in undergraduate education (Chickering & Gamson, 1987)
Outcomes (Pascarella, 1985)
Student engagement (Kuh, 1991, 2005)
College student surveys that assess the extent to which students engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development
NSSE Project Scope
Student Learning & Development
Institutional Actions &
Reactions to People
In your experience at your institution during the current school year, about how often have you done each of the following?
80% <25 years old
5% African Amer
6% Asian Amer
2% Amer Indian
40% A grades
83% <25 years old
7% African Amer
4% Asian Amer
2% Amer Indian
41% A grades
What percent of students nationally study two hours or more for every hour in class?
(a) 13% (b) 27% (c) 41% (d) 60% (e) none of the above
What percent of first-year students relax or socialize five or fewer hours weekly?
(a) 9 (b) 17% (c) 29% (d) 38% (e) none of the above
What percent of first-year students frequently exercise or participate in physical fitness activities on a weekly basis?
(a) 20% (b) 32% (c) 43% (d) 52% (e) 61%
What percent of first-year students frequently participate in activities to enhance their spirituality on a weekly basis?
(a) 14% (b) 19% (c) 33% (d) 46% (e) 65%
What else have we learned so far?
Grades, persistence, student satisfaction, and engagement go hand in hand
Behold the compensatory effects of engagement