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1 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style 02/05/20151 Assurance of Doctoral Learning through Interim and End Goal Assessments: Implementing AACSB International Guidelines within the Professional Doctorate Dr Sandra Corlett

2 AACSB International and its Assurance of Learning Standards AACSB - a premier and the largest (Rubin and Martell, 2009) international accrediting body Assurance of Learning (AoL) standards require schools to provide “hard evidence” (Rubin and Martell, 2009) of educational achievement against programme learning goals a challenge generally to business schools, because of a lack of systems of direct learning measures

3 The Assurance of Learning Process 1.Define learning goals and objectives 2.Align curriculum with goals 3.Identify instruments and measures to assess learning 4.Collect, analyze, and disseminate assessment information 5.Use assessment information for continuous improvement

4 Define learning goals and objectives 1.Have acquired advanced knowledge in areas of specialization. 1.1 Create and interpret new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication 1.2 Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice

5 Define learning goals (and objectives) 2Have developed advanced theoretical or practical research skills for the areas of specialization. 3Have given attention to the role of the specialization areas within managerial and organizational contexts. 4Be prepared for responsibilities in higher education or professional practice (for those students who expect to enter teaching careers). 5Have demonstrated personal integration of, and original intellectual contribution to, a field of knowledge (for PhD) or to professional practice (for Professional Doctorates) through a written and oral defence of a dissertation.

6 Align curriculum with goals Taught sessions (e.g. DBA Block) and training and development activities Ongoing supervision Preparation for and participation in review events (Assignment/Project Approval, Annual Progression)

7 Identify instruments and measures to assess learning Three suggested assessment instruments Selection based upon knowledge or skill acquired through previous educational experience (such as pre- entry qualifications) Module/course-embedded measures (such as assignments) Stand-alone testing or performance (such as end-of- programme thesis) Examiners’ Recommendations at viva

8 Identify instruments and measures to assess learning Three-point scale of student performance: to pass without corrections (A award) is to exceed expectations to pass subject to corrections (B award) is to meet expectations to require a resubmission/fail/be awarded a lower degree (C, D or E award)is to fall below expectations The programme ‘standard’ is that 70% and 80% of students at interim and viva stage respectively will achieve A or B award

9 Collect, analyze, and disseminate assessment information 15 Doctoral students submitted for examination in (8 DBA, 7 PhD) Analyzed the assessment data from two ‘stand-alone performance tests’ (AACSB, 2007), at the mid-point progression (MPP) and viva stages The checklist question and open comment responses were coded, using content analysis (Holsti, 1969), against the programme learning objectives. The frequency of coding ‘counts’ were analyzed to inform curriculum development

10 Collect, analyze, and disseminate assessment information (contd) All students met or exceeded expectations at both stages, but performance improved Proceed/PassCorrections minorCorrections majorResubmission (viva only) Lower awardFail Interim DBA (n=8)233 Viva DBA (n=8) 161

11 Collect, analyze, and disseminate assessment information (contd) Frequency of corrections mapped against Learning Objectives Interim All Viva All

12 Use assessment information for continuous improvement ‘Close the loop’ (Bisoux, 2008, p.22) - Suggestions for improvement relating to examiners’ comments: Learning Goal 2 Throughout the programme, keep title, aims, objectives, research question and boundaries under review and ensure they reflect the work undertaken Learning Goal 5 (and particularly objective 5.2) Provide clarity regarding the originality of contribution to practice (DBA) and to knowledge (PhD) Ensure the abstract summarises the entirety of the work Correct typographical and grammatical errors


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