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Primary Research Group has published the Survey of Best Practices in Student
Assessment, 2018 Edition, ISBN 978-157440-491-3

This highly detailed 181-page report presents the results of a survey of 54
higher education assessment administrators, relating their best practices
and advice, and data on their program and technology use, budgets and
expenditures, personnel policies, relations with faculty, testing policies
and much more.  Other issues examined includes but is not limited to
interviewing transfers, drop outs and graduates, post college results
assessment, college and university role models for assessment and more.

Just a few of the report’s many finding are that:

•	On average, 55.56% of diagnostic tests administered to incoming students
are web-based.  Examining trends by type of school, community colleges have
the highest percentage of web-based assessments (87.33%), while research
universities have the lowest (32.00%).  
•	Respondents most commonly said that ACT scores are a “modestly effective
predictor” of student performance (32.73%) or a “good predictor” (23.64%). 
Four-year degree institutions were most likely to say they are an “excellent
predictor” (22.22%), with 0.00% of community colleges and research
universities believing so.
•	Only 5.45% offer a standardized test in Library Services/Information Literacy
•	Research universities are most likely to describe student affairs
departments as “very involved” in assessment efforts (42.86%), followed by
four-year degree granting institutions (14.81%).  
•	The mean budget for the public college assessment offices in the sample
was $225,000
•	About a quarter of schools have an “assessment day” or “assessment period”
(25.45%).  They are most common at research universities (42.86%).

The following colleges and universities participated in the study:  Albertus
Magnus College, Antioch College, Appalachian State University, Arkansas
State University-Beebe, Augustana College, Bloomsburg University, Boston
College, Broward College, Carleton University, Colorado College, Cornell
College, CSU Dominguez Hills, Cuyahoga Community College, Delaware State
University, Eastern Illinois University, Elon University, Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University, Evangel University, Faulkner University, Furman
University, Hannibal-LaGrange University, Ivy Tech Community College,
Johnson & Wales University, Kansas State University, Le Moyne College, Life
Chiropractic College West, Lincoln University, Lindenwood
University-Belleville, Lyon College, Malone University, Menlo College,
Meredith College, Michigan State University, Missouri Western State
University, Monroe College, Murray State University, Prairie View A&M
University, Sentara College of Health Sciences, Southern California
University of Health Sciences, St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba,
Stephen F. Austin State University, Stockton University, UAMS College of
Pharmacy, UMUC (University of Maryland University College), United States
Sports Academy, University of Alabama in Huntsville, University of North
Florida, University of Northern Colorado, University of St. Thomas,
University of TN at Martin, University of West Florida, University of
Victoria, Vincennes University, York University

Data in the report is broken out for public and private colleges, by level
of tuition, enrollment level and institutional type. A PDF version of the
report is currently available from Primary Research Group for $112.00 and a
print version of the report is in production and will be available for
shipment on February 12th and can be ordered now.  Site licenses are also
available. For a table of contents, excerpt and list of participants – or to
place an order -- view the product page for this report at:
https://www.primaryresearch.com/AddCart.aspx?ReportID=472

Or go to our main website at www.PrimaryResearch.com or call us at 212-736-2316.

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