The purpose of the Administrators Survey of Assessment Culture is to spark dialogue into institutions' cultures of assessment and shift the focus toward more synergist, dialogical organizational cultures focused on improving student learning. The Administrators Survey is just one piece of the services offered through the Survey of Assessment Culture. Coupled with the Faculty Survey of Assessment Culture and the Student Affairs Survey of Assessment Culture, the Administrators Survey of Assessment Culture offers a comprehensive picture of an institution's culture of assessment.
The Administrators Survey of Assessment Culture was first piloted in 2005. Since then the instrument has undergone intense validation and refinement efforts and is a leading instrument for examining institutional cultures of assessment. All of our surveys were developed, reviewed, and refined by experts in the field of assessment and drawn from current scholarship on the topic of cultures of assessment in higher education.
The Survey of Assessment Culture was developed by drawing upon Peggy Maki's (2010) Principles of an Inclusive Commitment to Assessment and examines seven constructors;
(a) Shared institutional commitments,
(b) clear conceptual framework for assessment,
(c) cross-institutional responsibility for assessment,
(d) transparency of findings,
(e) connections to change-making processes,
(f) recognition of leadership and involvement in assessment, and
(g) similarities and differences between multiple organizational leadership groups.
The Administrators Survey of Assessment Culture is given to all administrative staff at a participating institution, excluding those employees in a Division of Student Affairs.
A DRAFT of the questions on the Administrators Survey of Assessment Culture can be found here. This is a password protected file. The password along with any other inquiries can be obtained by contacting the project's Principal Investigator, Dr. Matthew Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org.