ERIC Number: ED207226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Potential for Program Evaluation in a "Developing" Country.
Differences in conditions in the U.S. and one developing country, the Bahamas, suggest that evaluation of higher education programs are more welcome in the latter. U.S. evaluation programs, such as Florida's annual review of selected disciplines in its nine state institutions of higher education, are few in number and have spread only recently, in response to declining resources and increasing demands for accountability. In developing countries, however, there is a critical need for program evaluation, because of these countries' large number of problems, the consequent need for many higher education programs, the lack of models for comparison, the sharp limits on resources and funding, and the need to deal with political pressures for particular programs. An example of a successful evaluation occurred in the Bahamas, where the College of the Bahamas assessed the need for and implementation and outcome of a new program to prepare secondary school dropouts for employment or higher education. The evaluation process included data collection and analysis as well as faculty training in evaluation methods. As expected, college and government officials were very receptive to the program evaluation process. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bahamas; Cross National Studies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).