Wall Co-Authors Book on Assessment in Higher Education

Image of bookScholar Andrew Wall, assistant professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, has co-authored the book, Assessment Reconsidered: Institutional Effectiveness for Student Success (ICSSIA, 2008), with Richard P. Keeling, Ric Underhile, and Gwendolyn J. Dungy. Assessment Reconsidered examines assessment practices in higher education, responding to greater expectations for institutional accountability and to build capacity to engage in assessment to support student learning and success.

Assessment Reconsidered situates the practice of assessment in higher education as a tool to respond to external calls for accountability, but, more importantly, as a tool for on-going institutional renewal and improvement. Assessment for learning is emphasized as a process that is collectively shared and organically implemented by higher education institutions. The book is not intended to be a how-to manual. It builds a case for viewing assessment as a valuable practice, balancing the need to provide those inside and outside of academe with quality information associated with student learning and success.

Wall’s contribution specifically related to framing assessment methodology with the social and political context of institutions of higher education. The book calls attention to the need of administrators to see assessment as a practice linked to student learning, one of the foundational goals of higher education. Assessment Reconsidered argues for the need of higher education to reconsider how rigor, inquiry, use of results, and questions of institutional core values are honored in current assessment practice.

As a project of the International Center for Student Success and Institutional Accountability (ICSSIA), of which Wall is an Advisory Board Member, Assessment Reconsidered focuses on the collaborative use of all campus resources in promoting student success. ICSSIA, a joint initiative of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A), seeks to help postsecondary institutions improve student success and achieve desired student learning outcomes through professional development, applied research, and the creation and sharing of unique resources.

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