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ERIC Number: ED234835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Issues in Institutional Evaluation.
Konrad, Abram G.
As Canadian colleges face clientele shifts, stabilization of staffing, increasing emphases on nontraditional programs and delivery systems, and changing job markets for graduates--all within a context of escalating costs and inflation--educational leaders are under increasing pressure to develop meaningful approaches to institutional evaluation. Four inter-related issues in institutional evaluation warrant particular consideration: (1) Who has authority for initiating institutional evaluation? (2) Why is evaluation undertaken? (3) What procedures should be utilized in conducting evaluations? and (4) What happens to the results of the evaluation? A review of the literature and experiences in other countries suggests that the most successful evaluation systems are characterized by institutional authority in establishing the system of evaluation; improvement and renewal as the primary purposes of evaluation; multiple and ongoing data collection and validation procedures; and openness and trust in the shared ownership of evaluation results. Institutional evaluation can play a significant role in the continuous development of Canada's colleges, and it is in the best interests of everyone concerned to ensure that it does. (LL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada