A Research On Higher Education Institutions Essay

2138 Words Feb 5th, 2015 9 Pages
Higher education institutions are now more than ever being pushed to provide large amounts of data and information to accrediting bodies and governing boards. This push for continuous evaluation and improvement has increased the need for new ways to measure student learning and development (Kuh, Pace, and Vesper, 1997). Institutions have turned to student surveys as a convenient avenue for assessing outcomes that would be impractical or difficult to measure with existing tools (Astin, 1993). Astin (1993) also notes that survey data can assess a greater bandwidth of content in comparison to objective measures, and that in many cases objective measures can be costly and potentially biased across special populations. With these benefits in mind, it is important to introduce the two types of questions, identified by Tourangaeu, Rips, and Rasinki (2000), that make up self-report surveys, factual questions and attitudinal question. Factual questions focus on specific characteristics, behaviors, or circumstances of the respondent and would be considered objective questions. This could include the sex, race, major, grades, or language of the respondent. All of this information could be verified in some way with the use of institutional databases or school records. Other factual questions could ask the student the to provide the number of hours he or she studied for a particular course or test. A student could also be asked how many pages of content were read in a particular class.…

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