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Measuring Student Learning Outcomes Using the SALG Instrument
SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education (2014)
  • Kathleen G Scholl, University of Northern Iowa
  • Heather M. Olsen, University of Northern Iowa
U.S. higher education institutions are being called to question their central nature, priorities,
and functions, with prominent and unprecedented attention being given to accountability
and the measurement of student learning outcomes. As higher education evolves in how
it assesses student learning and leisure studies and recreation departments adheres to its
accreditation requirements, it has not always been clear, as a faculty member, as to which
data sources and methodologies to employ. The purpose of this paper is two-fold: a) to
briefly review the recent history of two opposing assessment movements influencing today’s
academic institutions and their programs with a particular emphasis on assessment’s role
in student learning outcomes, accountability, and accreditation requirements; and b) to
describe one recreation department’s initial steps to measure student learning outcomes
for Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related (COAPRT)
accreditation requirements through the use of the Student Assessment Learning Gains
(SALG) instrument.
  • student learning outcomes,
  • Student Assessment Learning Gains (SALG) instrument,
  • teaching-learning assessment,
  • accountability,
  • higher education
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Citation Information
Kathleen G Scholl and Heather M. Olsen. "Measuring Student Learning Outcomes Using the SALG Instrument" SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education Vol. 29 Iss. 1 (2014) p. 37 - 50 ISSN: 1937-156X
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