Performance Assessment in Professional Majors

  • Michael E. Knight Kean College of New Jersey
  • Donald L. Lumsden Kean College of New Jersey
  • Denise Gallaro Kean College of New Jersey
  • Beth Nelson Kean College of New Jersey
Keywords: Higher Education, Program Assessment


Program assessment can assist the development of curricula based on students' ability to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in college to new situations. Performance assessment determines learning by means of actual execution of tasks representative of learning goals. It helps in answering the faculty's question, "Are students learning what we think we are teaching them?" The article examines various types of performance assessment used in professional programs at Kean College of New Jersey.