Program evaluation is an increasingly important concern for university administrators, yet few institutions carry out this type of wide-scale assessment. This session reports on a three-year experiment in which the Computerized Assessment of Proficiency (CAP) was administered as an obligatory component in all sections of the first- and second-year French and Spanish language programs at a flagship state university. To our knowledge, few instances of program-wide proficiency assessment on this scale exist in the U.S. Besides the student performance data, quantitative data about the testing experience was collected and qualitative data from students and teachers came from surveys. In each year, the testing environment differed in substantial ways that affected the test results. This session will report on the proficiency results and factors that influenced different outcomes, with the purpose of raising participants' awareness of the impact these details can have on program evaluation.
Robert L Davis, Romance Languages, U Oregon
Paula Ellister, Romance Languages, U Oregon
Linda Forrest, CASLS, U Oregon