Dr. Amelia wants to know why assessment is often BS.
The words accreditation and assessment seem to strike serious fear in the hearts of proffies everywhere. I get that It's a giant timesuck, and often seems like meaningless hoop jumping. But what I don't understand is why, at every school I know, smart people who know how to answer questions don't seem to be able to use a technique that will lead to reliable information.
Here's an example: You want to know if students are learning hamster fur fashion history, so you use their test scores in fur weaving technologies class. Here's another: you want to know if a sequence of courses leads to a desired learning outcome of the major, so your sole measurement is asking students at the end of the intro course if they feel well prepared for the rest of their major.