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Large-scale international assessments of learning outcomes: balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders

Li G., Shcheglova I., Bhuradia A., Li Y., Loyalka P., Zhou O., Hu S., Yu N., Ma L., Guo F., Chirikov I.

The demand for large-scale assessments in higher education, especially at an international scale, is growing. A major challenge of conducting these assessments, however, is that they require understanding and balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders (government officials, university administrators, and students) and also overcoming potential unwillingness of these stakeholders to participate. In this paper, we take the experience of the Study of Undergraduate Performance (SUPER) in conducting a large-scale international assessment as a case study. We discuss ways in which we mitigated perceived risks, built trust, and provided incentives to ensure the successful engagement of stakeholders during the study’s implementation.