Planning for Higher Education Journal

American University of Beirut’s Meta-Assessment Framework

Rubrics Improve Evaluation Processes, Set Clear Expectations, and Help in Decision-Making
Cover (American University of Beirut’s Meta-Assessment Framework)
From Volume 49 Number 2 | January–March 2021
By Hiba Itani, M.Ed, MEM, Dania Salem, M.Ed, MEM, and Ali El-Hajj, PhD
Challenges: Planning Alignment
Planning Types: Academic Planning

Institution(s) referenced in this resource:
American University of Beirut

This article presents a framework for developing a meta-assessment process for evaluating assessment practices in higher education institutions. Meta-assessment is important for improving assessment processes, setting clear expectations, and efficient decision-making. The comprehensive literature on this topic that is included in this article suggests that developing meta-assessment rubrics is an effective method for evaluating assessment. The meta-assessment results can be used in combination with qualitative resources to encourage program self-improvement. At the American University of Beirut, different meta-assessment checklists were developed based on best practices for evaluating program learning outcomes assessment, unit outcomes assessment, periodic program review, and periodic unit review.

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