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Applying Assessment in a Self-Standing Program

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This case study describes a small independent, also called self-standing, Technical and Scientific Communication program and the ways in which this program assesses itself. The term assessment covers three different, but connected areas: students, faculty members, and program. Though different instruments were used for each assessment, no area can be judged apart from the others. We thus assume that data gleaned from one instrument ought to be applied to the other areas. Our assessment recognizes the inherent overlaps among the tools; it also led to our re-examining existing data to seek ways to use descriptive statistics. We shaped procedures and processes into a methodology that allows us to study parts individually, in relation to each other, and in relation to the whole. Here we share our assessment methods and results so that colleagues can use them for their own evaluation activities.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Publication date: 2007-11-01

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  • Technical Communication, the Society's journal, publishes articles about the practical application of technical communication theory and serves as a common arena for discussion by practitioners. Technical Communication includes both quantitative and qualitative research while showcasing the work of some of the field's most noteworthy writers. Among its most popular features are the helpful book reviews. Technical Communication is published quarterly and is free with membership.
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