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ERIC Number: ED169103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Issues in Higher Education Program Evaluation.
Hall, Melvin
A comparative case study of seven universities initially focused on: (1) whether and how program evaluation systems differ from other systems approaches, such as management information and program budgeting; (2) desirable degree of overlap between evaluative recommendations and administrative action; and (3) limitations of program evaluation. Site visits raised several issue statements. First, what was the effect of staffing--specifically, the use of outside consultants, and the method of selecting evaluators? Second, did institutional tradition, campus governance, and state coordination alter the evaluation? Third, were the effects of formal evaluation structures, (checklists, protocols, schedules, task forces) a healthy boost to either institutions or to subsequent evaluations? Fourth, was there an advantage to linking program evaluation systems to budget systems? An assessment of these issues led to the conclusion that formal systems in higher education were new and significant modifications of more traditional program review activities such as accreditation, national ratings, institutional research, and institutional self-study. (Author/CP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluation Problems
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)