ERIC Number: ED037188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
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An Evaluation of Higher Education: Plans and Perspectives.
Pace, C. Robert
This report presents the philosophy of the Center for the Study of Evaluation at UCLA. It points out that any evaluation of higher education in America must deal with 3 fundamental problems: 1)diversity of objectives and functions across the full range of institutions of higher education; 2)differences between college environments; and 3)range of student abilities. A more subtle obstacle to effective evaluation has been the traditional concept of what evaluation actually is. Traditionally, institutional goals have been the object of evaluation, but it is more important to look at the consequences of particular politics or programs. Although "control" and "focus" have characterized the style of inquiry in the past, the investigator needs to be adventurous and explorative in order to evaluate changing social and educational developments. "Exploration" involves searching, probing, and testing alternatives and interactions, but it also connotes a freedom to seek new methods and values ingenuity. A new model for evaluation programs sees the role of the evaluator as a social scientist rather than teacher, missionary, or reformer. Given this concept of evaluation, it is necessary to think about the content of evaluation in a broadly inclusive rather than restrictive fashion. The remainder of the report consists of a description of the methodological approaches of the Center. (DS)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.
Identifiers: Center for the Study of Evaluation CA