ERIC Number: ED194041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating General Education Programs: An Assessment Model for the 1980's.
Ciampa, Bartholomew J.
A process for arriving at institutional agreement regarding the goals of general education is suggested, as are a process of generating conceptual definitions in key general education skill areas, a process for operationalizing these conceptual definitions, and procedures for gathering longitudinal general education data that may form a basis from which curricular generalizations might be made. It is suggested that a valid approach to program evaluation is to assess student outcomes, or what students are able to do as evidenced by observable and measurable criteria at the time of graduation. It is recommended that representatives from each academic component contributing to the general education program (including student representation) be constituted for purposes of determining program objectives, performance criteria, and evaluation procedures to assess program effectiveness. Descriptions of common standardized instruments designed to measure student achievement are included. A five-stage approach to examining general education programs is described in terms of objectives, rationale, and recommendations: development of conceptual definitions, identification of observable performances and criteria, assessment of students and programs (design and implementation), evaluation or making judgments regarding student and program performance, and policy development and decision-making. Examples of generic skills areas for general education student outcomes are included. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (6th, Berkeley, CA, October 1980); Attached sample forms may not reproduce well.