Measurement Validity and Accountability for Student Learning in Higher Education
PRESENTATION FROM: Big Issues in Testing Conference: Improving Admissions and Learning in Higher Education University of Nebraska - Lincoln March 28-29, 2013
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Measurement Validity and Accountability for Student Learning in Higher Education (March 2013) (40 min.) LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1. Explain the accountability pressures for comparable measures. 2. Describe validity assessment of accountability measures. 3. Discuss how professional standards are used in accountability contexts. ABSTRACT: There has been notable disparagement regarding the availability of valid information to inform comparisons among higher education institutions for consumers, policymakers, and other stakeholders. This intermediate-level session examines several well-meant but counter-productive attempts to develop measures of higher education institutional effectiveness and suggests a set of principles for producing better ones. BIOGRAPHY: Victor (Vic) Mark Haifleigh Borden, Ph.D. is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. He is also a senior advisor to the Executive Vice President for University Regional Affairs, Planning, and Policy. Previously, Dr. Borden served as the Associate Vice President for University Planning, Institutional Research and Accountability at Indiana University (2005-2010), and in senior institutional research positions at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI, 1992-2005), George Mason University (1987-1992), and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1984-1987). Dr. Borden's general area of scholarship is on the assessment of organizational performance within higher education institutions. Within this general area, he has pursued four themes: student progress and performance; organizational performance assessment and accountability; diversity and equity within higher education; and organizational learning and development as a framework for institutional research. Dr. Borden has published over 100 articles and book chapters, secured over $1 million in research grants and contracts, consulted with over 20 institutions and organizations, internationally, served on more than a dozen national and regional research advisory panels, delivered over 40 workshops and seminars and delivered more than 150 keynote, peer-reviewed and invited presentations throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Dr. Borden was awarded a Fulbright Specialist project and is an active contributor to several professional associations, most notably, the Association for Institutional Research, of which he is a Past President.