Assessment Culture

Subset of organizational culture[1] defined by the values, beliefs, and assumptions held by its members. In higher education, a positive assessment culture is characterized by trusting relationships, data-informed decision-making, a respect for the profession of teaching, and an internally-driven thirst for discovery about student learning.[2][3] Positive assessment culture generally connotes the existence of conditions for collaboration among practitioners, reward structures and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff,[4] student involvement and a shared commitment among leaders to making institutional improvements that are sustainable.[5][6][7] Assessment culture may be revealed behaviorally through factors such as: celebration of successes, comprehensive program review, shared use of common terminology and language,[8] provision of technical support, and use of affirmative messaging to effectively convey meaning.[9] Culture of assessment has been measured by scholars of perceptions among faculty[10] to determine motivations, sense of support, and levels of fear related to assessment.


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  5. ^ Ndoye, A.; Parker, M. "Creating and sustaining a culture of assessment". Planning for Higher Education: 28-39. 
  6. ^ Suskie, Linda (2009). Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Wiley. 
  7. ^ Maki, P.L. (2010). Assessing for Learning: Building a Sustainable Commitment Across the Institution. Sterling: Stylus. 
  8. ^ Bresciani, M.; Zelna, C.; Anderson, J. (2006). Assessing student learning and development: A handbook for practitioners. Washington, D.C. 
  9. ^ Weiner, Wendy F. "Establishing a culture of assessment: fifteen elements of assessment success". American Association of University Professors. Retrieved 2017. 
  10. ^ Fuller, M.; Skidmore, S.; Bustamante, R. (2016). "Empirically Exploring higher Education Cultures of Assessment". The Review of Higher Education. 39 (3): 395-429. 

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