ERIC Number: ED066132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Thoughts on Evaluation in Higher Education.
Pace, C. Robert
Educational evaluation has in the past been primarily associated with measurement, achievement testing, pupil progress, instructional methods and curriculum. Educational testing and educational research have provided the instruments and models for the evaluation of educational programs. More recently, however, there has been an increased concern about the effectiveness of large scale social action enterprises. A concept of evaluation appropriate for the study of large and complex institutions can be summarized briefly as follows: (1) it begins with the central question "What are the consequences?" rather than the limiting question "What are the objectives?" (2) its style of inquiry is more aptly characterized by the work exploration than by words such as "control" and "focus"; (3) it sees the role of the evaluator as that of social scientist rather than teacher, missionary, reformer, or staff officer to the practitioners; and (4) its purpose is to provide more complex bases for informed judgment. (HS)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Planning, Evaluation, Higher Education, Program Evaluation
ACT Publications, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52240
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
Note: Speech presented at the invitation of the American College Testing Program and the College of Education, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, April 26, 1971