How One Truculent Sociology Department Made Peace with Mandatory Assessment
The authors provide an account of their department's minimalist and largely reluctant approach to mandatory assessment in the past decade. A decade earlier, the department had gone all out in an experimental assessment effort supported by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, an effort the department was neither willing nor able to make once the college's accreditation agency mandated assessment in 2000. The authors describe another "less-than-ideal design" that has nonetheless involved many of the assessment elements described elsewhere (e.g., alumni and student surveys, classroom assignments, external reviewers, research papers) and has nonetheless yielded usable and utilized feedback for both teaching and curriculum construction.
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Clark, R., & Filinson, R. (2011). Kicking and screaming: How one truculent Sociology Department made peace with mandatory assessment. Teaching Sociology, 39(2), 127-137. doi:10.1177/0092055X11400439