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The Major Field Test in Business: A Pretend Solution to the Real Problem of Assurance of Learning Assessment

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  • Jeffrey J. Green

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    (Department of Economics, Ball State University)

  • Courtenay C. Stone

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    (Department of Economics, Ball State University)

  • Abera Zegeye

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    (Department of Economics, Ball State University)

  • Thomas A. Charles

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    (Department of Economics, Ball State University)

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    Abstract

    Colleges and universities are being asked by numerous sources to provide Assurance of Learning assessments of their students and programs. Colleges of Business have responded by using a plethora of assessment tools, including the Major Field Test in Business. In this article, we show that the use of the Major Field Test in Business for Assurance of Learning purposes is ill-advised. First, it provides no direct evidence of student learning. Second, it offers no useful comparative analyses to other business students or institutions. Consequently, it provides no guidance for curriculum or program changes to achieve better learning outcomes. Thus, use of the Major Field Test in Business offers only a ‘pretend’ solution to the problem of Assurance of Learning assessment.

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    Paper provided by Ball State University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201201.

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    Length: 16 pages
    Date of creation: Jul 2012
    Date of revision: Jul 2012
    Handle: RePEc:bsu:wpaper:201201

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    Keywords: Major Field Test in Business; assurance of learning; business school accreditation standards; pretend solutions;

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