Assessment in Student Affairs: A Guide for Practitioners by M. Lee Upcraft

By M. Lee Upcraft

For practitioners in any respect degrees of expertise, Assessment in scholar Affairs offers a single-volume, sensible source on utilizing review to advance and increase all points of scholar affairs. It comprises precise information for scholar affairs employees on the way to check scholar wishes, scholar delight, campus environments, campus cultures, and scholar results. And it explains how senior employees can hire evaluation findings in strategic making plans, coverage improvement, and day by day selection making.

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The worsening fiscal base, as well as confusion about roles and responsibilities at each level of government, have contributed to growing inefficiencies and poor articulation between the outputs of the education system and the needs of the emerging market economy. This unclear devolution of responsibility, while creating new opportunities for the system to become more responsive to local needs, is placing new burdens on administrators in all regions by asking them to fulfil roles for which they are certainly untrained and often lack the necessary funding.

Although education reform i n Russia has its own unique context, this report should be of much wider interest to the policy-makers and professional practitioners who are grappling with the education system decentralization process which is under way in many countries of the Europe and Central Asia region, as well as in other parts of the world. It is in this context of promoting the sharing of knowledge and experience that this report on the case of Russia is being published in the Bank's Technical Papers series.

Salaries are so meager that they are an impediment to recruiting and retaining good teaching staff. Moreover, incentives for existing teachers and school directors to learn new pedagogical or management skills are minimal, and this in turn encourages the perpetuation of a rigid, hierarchical and inefficient system. As schools gain greater autonomy, it will also be necessary to train School Directors and education administration personnel in local government offices in management, particularly financial management.

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