A good word about assessment

I have a “Views” essay on InsideHigherEd.com this morning, urging faculty to see assessment as a force for good.  From the point of view of actual experts on assessment–which I am not–it probably has a bit of a “water is wet” feel to it, but given the widespread faculty skepticism about assessment, it may be interesting.

In it, I talk about a number that surprised me to no end: At our school, a first-year student’s first semester grades predict, with remarkable accuracy, time-to-graduation.  Finish that first semester above a 3.0, and your chances of graduation in 6 years are 63%.  Earn below a 2.0, and the six-year graduation rate drops to 9%.

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