International students do not all learn alike!

International students do not all learn alike!

Defta Oktafiga—International students are an important population of the U.S. undergraduate student body for at least two reasons. First, they enrich diversity in U.S. higher education as they bring various cultural backgrounds and values. Second, they generate considerable revenue not only for U.S. institutions of higher education but also for the local economy in which the institutions are situated. While many studies have investigated challenges […]

Transparent Quality: Building Trust with Psychometrics

Justin Paulsen & Allison BrckaLorenz–Whatever the data might be, someone is always going to ask, “Can you really trust those findings?” Effectively, that is a question about the validity of the data. There are a few different validity frameworks out in the literature (Borsboom, Mellenbergh, & van Heerden’s, 2004; Lissitz & Samuelson, 2007; Messick, 1989;  etc.), but at the Center of Postsecondary Research, we subscribe […]

Examining Supportive Environments for Faculty with Disaggregated Results

Examining Supportive Environments for Faculty with Disaggregated Results

Christen Priddie–Finding ways to support faculty members is important for understanding how institution leaders can improve faculty experiences. Often, researchers conducting studies on faculty members present aggregated results, as if they are a monolithic group but disaggregated information suggests otherwise. In our session, “Support by any other name: Disaggregating supportive environments for faculty” presented at the 2018 Assessment Institute conference, researchers analyzed data from the […]

What About Graduating Seniors with Unconventional Career Plans?

What About Graduating Seniors with Unconventional Career Plans?

Angie Miller– Millennials expect many job changes, are more open to self-employment as part of the “gig economy” and want flexible hours and professional development opportunities (Gianniris, 2018).  With most of today’s graduating college students being millennials, a natural question is how their immediate and long-term career plans align with this supposed pattern. Using data from over 35,000 seniors at 145 institutions, NSSE’s Senior Transitions Topical […]