State and SHEEO Participation in OECD's Feasibility Study
This web page provides public access to materials related to U.S. participation in the multi-national Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) Feasibility Study undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Most materials and resources pertain to SHEEO’s involvement in planning, advising and implementing the Feasibility Study as members of OECD’s Group of National Experts (GNE), and SHEEO’s subsequent role as National Project Manager supporting the state higher education agencies in Connecticut, Missouri and Pennsylvania in completing the fieldwork for the Feasibility Study (student sampling and assessment, faculty surveys, data reporting and analysis) in the 11 higher education institutions in these states that participated.
Extensive resources are available elsewhere on the justifications, development and implementation of the AHELO Feasibility Study. For example, planning documents, meeting materials and public reports are available on OECD’s organizational website at http://www.oecd.org/education/skills-beyond-school/testingstudentanduniversityperformancegloballyoecdsahelo.htm. Other primary sources of information include websites developed by several of the participating nations.
Numerous U.S. organizations and researchers were involved in the planning and development of the Feasibility Study following a 2007 decision by OECD’s Council of Ministers to test and demonstrate the scientific and practical feasibility of assessing learning outcomes of college graduates across nations. SHEEO’s involvement began in mid-2010 when, in response to an inquiry from OECD, SHEEO contacted its state members about their interest and the willingness of institutions in their respective states to participate in the fieldwork necessary for the Feasibility Study. Initial financial support for SHEEO’s involvement and U.S. participation was provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Support for national project management, state involvement and the participation of 11 institutions in the AHELO Generic Skills assessment strand was provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education starting in October 2011.
Project overviews and management
The third and final volume of the Report from the OECD’s Feasibility Study on the Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) is now available. This volume on Further Insights includes the conclusions from the expert group on the Value-added Measurement and the Conference proceedings. A literature review on the Value-Added Measurement also contributed to this third volume.
This follows a first volume on Design and Implementation which was published in December 2012 (full report, executive summary) and a second volume on Data Analysis and National Experiences published in March 2013 (full report, executive summary).
All three volumes can be found on www.oecd.org/edu/ahelo.
Institution log books and reports
Session on AHELO at 2013 SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference
Session on AHELO at 2013 SHEEO Annual Meeting
Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum May 2014, Assessing higher education learning outcomes globally, Hamish Coates, University of Melbourne Center for the Study of Higher Education, presentation
Results and Analyses
Washington meeting materials