2nd Edition

Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education

Edited By Charles Secolsky, D. Brian Denison Copyright 2018
    762 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    762 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this valuable resource, well-known scholars present a detailed understanding of contemporary theories and practices in the fields of measurement, assessment, and evaluation, with guidance on how to apply these ideas for the benefit of students and institutions. Bringing together terminology, analytical perspectives, and methodological advances, this second edition facilitates informed decision-making while connecting the latest thinking in these methodological areas with actual practice in higher education. This research handbook provides higher education administrators, student affairs personnel, institutional researchers, and faculty with an integrated volume of theory, method, and application.

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    List of Tables


    Edward J. Yaw

    Preface: Improving Institutional Decision-Making through Educational Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation

    Charles Secolsky and D. Brian Denison


    Part I Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education: Past, Present, and Future

    Introduction to Part I

    1. The Failure of Higher Education to Follow the Standards It has Established in Methodology and Evaluation

    Michael Scriven

    2. On Measurement in Educational Assessment

    Robert J. Mislevy

    Part II Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

    Introduction to Part II

    3. Assessing the Quality of a University, Particularly Its Teaching

    Robert E. Stake, Gloria Contreras, and Isabel Arbesú

    4. Validity Issues in Measuring Student Success

    Dwight L. Smith III

    5. Course-Embedded Assessment: Aligning Pedagogical Practices to Enhance Student Learning

    Kathryne Drezek McConnell and Peter E. Doolittle

    6. Implementing Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes Assessment at the Program and Institutional Levels

    Thomas Judd and Bruce Keith

    7. The Perennial Challenges of Accountability

    James C. Palmer

    8. Talking About Data: The Faculty Discourse on Practice, Student Learning, and Evaluative Processes

    William H. Rickards

    9. Benchmarking in Community Colleges

    Lou A. Guthrie and Jeffrey A. Seybert

    10. Mixed-Methods Specialists in Action: Linking Mixed-Methods Research to Learning and Classroom Assessment

    Delwyn L. Harnisch, John W. Creswell, and Timothy C. Guetterman

    Part III Theoretical Foundations of Educational Measurement

    Introduction to Part III

    11. The Validation of Tests in Higher Education

    Kurt F. Geisinger, Leslie R. Hawley, and Carina McCormick

    12. Reliability

    Bruce Thompson and Tammi Vacha-Haase

    13. Using Classical Test Theory in Higher Education

    David A. G. Berg, Elizabeth Schaughency, Jacques van der Meer, and Jeffrey K. Smith

    14. Item Response Theory in Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation for Higher Education

    Steven J. Osterlind and Ze Wang

    15. Generalizability Theory in Assessment Contexts

    Noreen M. Webb, Richard J. Shavelson, and Jeffrey T. Steedle

    Part IV Testing and Assessment: Implications for Decision-Making

    Introduction to Part IV

    16. Scaling, Norming, and Equating

    Michael J. Kolen and Amy B. Hendrickson

    17. Setting and Validating Cut Scores for Tests

    Mary J. Pitoniak and Deanna L. Morgan

    18. College Placement Testing of Entering Students

    Deanna L. Morgan

    19. Admissions Testing in College and Graduate Education

    Rebecca Zwick

    20. Closing the Accommodation Gap: New Thinking on Accessibility and Accommodations for Secondary and Postsecondary Students with Disabilities

    Manju Banerjee and Martha L. Thurlow

    Part V Test Construction and Development

    Introduction to Part V

    21. Evidence-Centered Design and Postsecondary Assessment

    Geneva D. Haertel and Reina Fujii

    22. Building Content and Statistical Test Specifications

    Tawnya Knupp and Deborah J. Harris

    23. Item Analysis for Classroom Assessments in Higher Education

    Jerome C. Clauser and Ronald K. Hambleton

    24. Computer-Based Testing in Higher Education

    Robert P. Dolan and Kelly S. Burling

    Part VI Statistical Approaches in Higher Education Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation

    Introduction to Part VI

    25. Issues in the Analysis of Change

    D. Betsy McCoach and Karen Rambo-Hernandez

    26. Multilevel Linear Modeling in Higher Education Contexts

    Ying Lu, Sharon L. Weinberg, and Marc A. Scott

    27. Statistical Modeling in Educational Research

    Ze Wang and Steven J. Osterlind

    28. An Introduction to Bayesian Statistics with Applications for Higher Education Assessment

    Guili Zhang

    Part VII Approaches to Evaluation in Higher Education

    Introduction to Part VII

    Thomas E. Grayson

    29. Program Evaluation, Performance Measures, and Evaluability Assessment in Higher Education

    Thomas E. Grayson

    30. Naturalistic Evaluation

    David A. Erlandson

    31. Responsive Evaluation

    Kelly E. Godfrey and Doreen B. Finkelstein

    32. Case Studies

    Edith J. Cisneros-Cohernour

    33. Survey Use in Academic Contexts: Considerations and Guidelines

    Daphna Harel and Ellen Wentland

    34. Empowerment Evaluation: Linking Theories, Principles, and Concepts to Practical Steps

    David M. Fetterman

    Part VIII Approaches to Assessment in Higher Education

    Introduction to Part VIII

    35. Rubric Development

    Linda Suskie

    36. New Learning About Learning: An Introduction to ePortfolio Assessment

    Susan Kahn

    37. The Role of Faculty Grading Processes in Program and General-Education Assessment

    Barbara E. Walvoord

    38. Postsecondary Writing Assessment

    Peggy O’Neill and Sandra Murphy

    39. Testing and Evaluation of English-Language Learners in Higher Education

    Young Yee Kim, James Hart, Jamal Abedi, and Alan Vanneman

    40. Evaluation and Assessment in an Online Setting: The Case of Asynchronous Online Discussion

    Amir Hedayati Mehdiabadi and Wenhao David Huang

    Part IX Issues in Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

    Introduction to Part IX

    41. Cognitive Flexibility Theory and the Assessment of 21st-Century Skills

    Rand J. Spiro, Hannah A. Klautke, Cui Cheng, and Aric Gaunt

    42. Reporting Assessment Results in Higher Education

    April L. Zenisky and Jerold S. Laguilles

    43. Presenting Learning Outcomes Assessment Results to Foster Use

    Staci J. Provezis and Natasha A. Jankowski

    44. Revisiting Reliability and Validity in Higher Education Research and Program Evaluation

    Margaret D. LeCompte and Dorothy E. Aguilera-Black Bear

    45. Assessment of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education: International Comparisons and Perspectives

    Olga Zlatkin‐Troitschanskaia, Richard J. Shavelson, and Hans Anand Pant

    46. Ethical Assessment and Institutional Advancement: Connecting Good Practice with the Need to Move Campuses Forward

    Ashley Finley

    About the Contributors


    Charles Secolsky is on the faculty at Rockland Community College and County College of Morris, USA.

    D. Brian Denison is Institutional Research Analyst in the Director of Studies’ Office for Champlain Regional College, Quebec, Canada.

    "This updated edition of the Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education draws on a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of experts in higher education assessment and evaluation to explain everything from terminology to technique. This comprehensive volume will be a constant desk companion of mine in the decades to come."
    —Peter T. Ewell, President Emeritus, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) and Senior Fellow, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), USA

    "This is the most extensive collection of research on measurement, evaluation, and assessment in higher education available.  Covering a broad range of theoretical and practical topics addressed by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, this book is essential reading for anyone working in higher education who is interested in making evidence based decisions that will benefit students and institutions."
    —Linda Cook, past President, National Council on Measurement in Education, USA

    "This handbook is a must-have for faculty, staff, and administrators who lead assessment efforts or are involved with faculty development on their campus. The editors have brought together stellar contributors who, together, balance the practical, theoretical, and technical aspects of measurement, evaluation, and learning assessment in ways that are immediately useful."
    —Monica Stitt-Bergh, President, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, USA