ERIC Number: ED171240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Reference Count: 0
An NCATE Evaluation of a University Library: A Case History.
MacVean, Donald S.
This report documents the procedures and problems encountered during the evaluation of Western Illinois University's library by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and proposes recommendations for future evaluations of university libraries. Basic problems with the NCATE evaluation involved: (1) an unqualified library evaluator; (2) the absence of a library specialist on the visiting team and the failure of the Provost and Dean of Education to check on visiting team qualifications; (3) providing detail about the library in the institutional report, which resulted in misinterpretation by the evaluator; and (4) the lack of library evaluation due to vague standards and unqualified evaluators. It is recommended that visiting team members should be more conscientiously selected from rosters of nominees provided by NCATE's constituent and associate organizations, and that NCATE should arrange with one of the library associations to nominate persons qualified to evaluate college and university libraries. In particular, NCATE should revise its standards on libraries so that they are more specific and meaningful. (CWM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educ; Western Illinois University