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University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies Releases Special Edition of Phoenix Scholar™ Academic Periodical on Assessment Topics

By Sharla Hooper

The issue explores and celebrates the efforts of University of Phoenix in its approach to assessment and skills-aligned curriculum at the intersection of higher education and careers

University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies has released a special edition of its quarterly Phoenix Scholar™ academic research periodical. The periodical, launched in 2017, highlights the commitment of University of Phoenix faculty, students and alumni to leading research through evidence-based practice. The special edition focuses on assessment in higher education and contributing authors from across the University Colleges and departments explore traditional mechanisms of assessment of learning and how the University’s focus on skills-aligned curriculum is validated in meeting working adult learner needs.

“As higher education continues to coalesce at this intersection of education and careers, authentic assessment and skills-aligned curriculum at the University of Phoenix cultivates learners who simultaneously demonstrate the comportment indicative of engagement in higher education and in their respective industries,” shares Eve Krahe Billings, Ph.D., dean, Academic Innovation & Evaluation at University of Phoenix and guest editor of the issue. “It’s exciting to lead this edition and be able to bring together this work into a dedicated space for academic consumption.”   

Articles from the special edition of the Phoenix Scholar™ include:

  • Mindset Matters: Enhancing Grading Practice with a Mindset Check

  • Summative or Formative Assessments? That is the Question

  • Design 2.0 Innovative Curriculum Initiative, Part 1: Evaluating Implementation Using the Developmental Evaluation Approach 

  • Design 2.0 Innovative Curriculum Initiative, Part 2: Findings, Effectiveness, and Recommendations 

  • Curriculum and Program Assessment and Evaluation

  • Increasing Learning, Competency, and Employability Through Assessment and Assessment Feedback Practices in Higher Education

  • Supporting DEI Management Strategies and Practices Through Robust Assessment Efforts

  • Feedback Strategies and Modalities in Online Higher Education

The Phoenix Scholar™ serves as the scholarly platform for communicating the results and outcomes of the University of Phoenix research endeavors, and their relationship to the broader scope of learning and scholarship. Last year, the periodical was assigned an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) by the U.S. ISSN Center at the Library of Congress. The assignment for Phoenix Scholar™ is online format ISSN 2771-6503 and print format ISSN 2771-6422.

The College of Doctoral Studies research centers contribute to the publication findings: Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR), Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research (CLSER), Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR), and the University of Phoenix Career Institute®. As longtime leaders in online education, the university utilizes research to develop solutions in the core areas of leadership, workplace diversity and instructional technology to enhance student outcomes, improve communities and to help students, faculty and alumni grow in their career aspirations.

Read the current issue of Phoenix Scholar™ here.

Learn more about the Phoenix Scholar™ publication here.

About the College of Doctoral Studies

University of Phoenix’s College of Doctoral Studies focuses on today’s challenging business and organizational needs, from addressing critical social issues to developing solutions to accelerate community building and industry growth. The College’s research program is built around the Scholar, Practitioner, Leader Model which puts students in the center of the Doctoral Education Ecosystem® with experts, resources and tools to help prepare them to be a leader in their organization, industry and community. Through this program, students and researchers work with organizations to conduct research that can be applied in the workplace in real time.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix innovates to help working adults enhance their careers and develop skills in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, skills-mapped curriculum for our bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and a Career Services for Life® commitment help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. For more information, visit