ERIC Number: ED157454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Outcome Structure: An Overview and Procedures for Applying it in Postsecondary Education Institutions.
Lenning, Oscar T.
An overview of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) Outcomes Structure and its components is presented. The specific practical uses perceived for the Structure in postsecondary education planning, management, evaluation, and other contexts are detailed. Guidelines are provided for using the Structure to accomplish three basic processes: (1) generating useful lists of desired or expected priority outcomes from an institution or institutional unit; (2) classifying the outcomes or outcome information in available lists, for an institution or institutional unit, and discovering where there are important "holes" or "gaps;" and (3) storing and retrieving outcomes information. Guidelines also are presented for orienting institutional and program faculty and staff to the Outcomes Structure and training them to use it. The appendices contain: the coding scheme for the Structure; definitions and outcome measure or indicator examples for the type-of-outcome subcategories; and example of outcomes classified with the Structure using outcomes statements from the NCHEMS Outcomes Inventory; possible copy for a brochure or flier introducing outcome concepts and the Outcomes Structure; important questions and criticisms of the Structure posed by particular reviewers and responses by the developers of the Structure; and some material for possible use at the campus orientation workshops. (SPG)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Benefits, Educational Planning, Evaluation Methods, Guides, Higher Education, Needs Assessment, Outcomes of Education
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Post Office Drawer P, Boulder, Colorado 80302
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO. National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.
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