ERIC Number: ED326612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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A Practical Approach to Assessing Improvements in Adult Education.
Edelson, Paul J.
Five kinds of assessment measures were used to determine whether improvements took place in the continuing education program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook as a result of a new faculty hiring plan that emphasized departmental control. The five assessment methods were: scheduling information; student evaluation of teaching data; verified anecdotes; a commissioned research study; and a study of administrators conducted by the University Senate. Each assessment measure suggested either an improvement or a positive perception of the unit. Following the change in hiring and the incentive program, there was an increase in the number of courses scheduled, in student evaluations of teaching showing better scores, and in anecdotal information that suggested that department chairs were paying heed to poor teaching evaluations brought to their attention. Additional improvements were indicated on a commissioned survey that showed a change in perspective among key decision makers and in a campus poll that reflected favorable responses to the new initiatives. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: State University of New York Stony Brook
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Salt Lake City, UT, October 28-November 3, 1990).