Let's give a round of applause to the brave souls in the economics department of Earlham College ("Engagement with a Changing World"). A choice excerpt of the department's Five Year Review:

H. How does your unit make use of the information currently available about student outcomes in improving what you do?

Informally. That is, as colleagues we discuss what we find in our classes almost daily. This builds a cumulative sense of what is working, what people get, what they don't, etc. and not infrequently leads to new assignments, understanding why people don't understand something etc.

I. How can your unit make more effective use of currently available information about student outcomes or of information which becomes available in the next five years through plans noted in D. or G. above?

I'm not sure. I think we have a pretty good sense for what people are learning in our classes.

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