ERIC Number: ED391013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-2
Reference Count: N/A
Outcomes Assessment: From Knowledge to Practice.
A strategic planning model for planning and conducting outcomes assessment was developed and implemented at Wayland Baptist University in Lubbock, Texas. First, the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) model was used to survey 100 undergraduate students regarding their perceptions of skills they would need after graduation. The SCANS survey findings were used during implementation of the following seven-step model planning process: select planners for the outcomes assessment; assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats; conduct a thorough needs assessment and identify desired outcomes; establish administrative, methodological, feedback, and component strategies; design and/or identify appropriate instruments, strategies, and methods of data collection; gain acceptance for the assessment agenda from partners and internal/external constituencies; and gain commitment of resources and establish joint planning processes for the future. After analysis of the assessment findings, plans were formulated to develop the following: student orientation course to prepare students for Wayland's degree program and for outcomes assessment; capstone course for all graduating seniors; and objectives and success criteria for the university and each of its units/divisions. The process of collecting and using outcomes assessment data to improve Wayland's programs has already begun. (Appended are transparency masters detailing the model and the survey findings and outcomes assessment surveys/checklists.) (MN)
Descriptors: Check Lists, College Outcomes Assessment, College Students, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employment Qualifications, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Job Skills, Models, Outcomes of Education, Questionnaires, Strategic Planning, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Student Surveys, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Secretarys Comm on Achieving Necessary Skills; Wayland Baptist University TX
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Denver, CO, December 2, 1995).