ERIC Number: ED239810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Algunos Criterios para Evaluar Programas de Educacion Superior a Nivel de Posgrado: El Caso Particular de la Administracion Publica (Some Criteria to Evaluate Higher Education Programs at the Graduate Level: The Special Case of Public Administration).
Valle, Victor M.
Intended as a contribution to a workshop discussion on program evaluation in higher education, the paper covers five major evaluation issues. First, it deals with evaluation concepts, explaining the purposes of evaluation; pertinent terms; and the sources of evaluation in public health procedures, the scientific method, the systems approach, and General Systems Theory. Second, the paper explains evaluation criteria for postgraduate programs, noting objectives and means (such as interviews, questionnaires, and meetings), and citing five objective indicators of quality: academic productivity; quality of educational staff, students, and program support; and the relationship between the program and its environment. Third, the paper describes an evaluation method that examines a program's requirements, support, and results and the variables pertaining to program initiation, maintenance, and outcome. The section includes seven guidelines for an evaluation procedure. Fourth, the paper discusses evaluating Master's-level Central American postgraduate programs, noting that evaluations are possible on internal and external instrumental and internal and external institutional levels. The section includes questions designed to determine the potential academic quality of a program. Finally, the paper presents six general suggestions for evaluating the quality of postgraduate programs. (SB)
Descriptors: College Administration, Curriculum Evaluation, Decision Making, Definitions, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Faculty Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Masters Programs, Models, Program Evaluation, Public Health, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Central America; Costa Rica