Glossary of assessment terms
Accreditation: In the United States,
accreditation is a non-governmental, peer review process that
ensures educational quality. Educational institutions or programs
volunteer to periodically undergo this review in order to determine
if certain criteria are being met. It is important to understand,
however, that accreditation is not a ranking system. It is simply
assurance that a program or institution meets established quality
ABET, Inc.: The recognized U.S.
accreditor of college and university programs in applied science,
computing, engineering, and technology (ABET website).
AQIP: Academic Quality Improvement
Program, an alternative process through which an already-accredited
institution can maintain its accreditation from the Higher Learning
Commission. With AQIP, an institution demonstrates it meets
accreditation standards and expectations through sequences of
events that align with those ongoing activities that characterize
organizations striving to improve their performance (AQIP website).
CASO: Commission on the Assessment of
Student Outcomes, the Institute-wide committee charged in 1996 with
the development of an Institute assessment plan and the maintenance
of the RosE Portfolio System.
Objective: Broad statements that describe
the career and professional accomplishments that the program is
preparing graduates to achieve.
Outcome: Statements that describe what
students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of
Performance criterion: Performance
criteria are the measurable statements that define the learning
Rating rubric: A brief description of the
level of student performance in a document that meets the standard
for the Rose Portfolio. Rubrics were developed by faculty
serving on Commission on the Assessment of Student Outcomes (CASO)
in consultation with members of academic departments on campus.
Rubrics are reviewed and evaluated each year to maintain
their currency. Rubrics are organized in three parts:
Description, a brief statement that explains more
specifically what is expected for a particular performance
criterion; Example, a list of the types of documents that are
appropriate for the particular criterion; and Not Acceptable, a
description of documents that are not appropriate submissions.
REPS: Rose E-Portfolio System. REPS
was developed beginning in 1996, and the old software was
terminated in the fall of 2004 when it was replaced by the new REPS
software. The new REPS software was inaugurated in the fall
of 2004 and developed by the faculty and staff of Rose-Hulman,
Ventures, and Quest is Information Systems, Indianapolis.
REPS is currently implemented in the Angel Learning
Management System, a product of Angel Learning, Indianapolis.
Unique submission: a submission that has
been made to the portfolio for at least one performance criterion.
Submissions to the portfolio may be mapped to more than one
performance criterion, so the designation of "unique" gives a truer
picture of the number of files submitted that must be rated.
Revision History: May 1, 2008 by CASO