ERIC Number: ED239665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Instructional Program Review: A Mini-Accreditation Approach to Self-Evaluation in Community Colleges.
Rasor, Richard A.; And Others
Program review is essential for long-range planning, financial accountability, and self-validation. One option for dealing with the limitations of many program review models is a mini-accreditation approach to assess the extent of goal attainment within a broad category of activities or outcomes. All members of the department being reviewed should be involved in the accomplishment of the following steps: (1) identify the goals and objectives of the department/program; (2) translate goals/objectives into observable and measurable outcomes; (3) collect data relative to goals/objectives; (4) assess the success of goal attainment based on the data collected; (5) write a self-evaluation report which describes, appraises, and presents a plan of action for each goal; and (6) arrange for a team of evaluators from other departments or outside the school to review the self-evaluation report and make an on-site visit. Data elements which must be part of the departmental self-evaluation are departmental history and forecasts for the subject matter, duplication of programs at nearby institutions, enrollment trends, departmental costs, student characteristics and opinions, academic standards, grades, retention, job placement data, consumers' opinions of program completers, professional growth/achievement of staff, curriculum, texts, and adequacy of support functions. A comprehensive review by each department builds a foundation for accreditation and institutional goal setting. (LAL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American River Coll., Sacramento, CA.