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Romer's 12 principles for HE quality

By Steve Draper,   Department of Psychology,   University of Glasgow.

A review of research by The Education Commission of the States reveals the 12 attributes below as critical. These are drawn from ch.4 of Making Quality Count in Undergraduate Education, led by Gov. Roy Romer of Colorado, with Peter Ewell, Dennis Jones, and Charles Lenth.

An adaptation of the report was published in the AAHE bulletin [1996, April vol.48 no.8 pp.5-8]
"What Research Says about Improving Undergraduate Education" by Romer,Roy and the Education Commission of the States

See also: Angelo, Thomas A. (1999, May) "Doing assessment as if learning matters most" AAHE bulletin vol.51 no.9 pp.3-6

Quality is fostered by:

A culture that values:

  1. High expectations
  2. Respect for diverse talents and learning styles
  3. Emphasis on the early undergraduate years

A curriculum with:

  1. Coherence in learning
  2. Synthesizing experiences
  3. Ongoing practice of learned skills
  4. Integration of education and experience

Instruction with:

  1. Active learning
  2. Assessment and prompt feedback
  3. Collaboration
  4. Adequate time on task
  5. Out-of-class contact with faculty

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