ERIC Number: ED120383
Record Type: Non-Journal
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COPES Report: System Reliability Study.
Foothill-De Anza Community Coll. District, Los Altos Hills, CA.
The study examines the reliability of the Community College Occupational Programs Evaluation System (COPES). The COPES process is a system for evaluating program strengths and needs. A two-way test, college self-appraisal with third party validation of the self-appraisal, is utilized to assist community colleges in future institutional planning and allocation of resources. Reliability of the COPES process was tested by conducting two independent site visits at five participating colleges in California. The degree of agreement between the two groups, separately considering the same information and following the same procedures, was examined. Ratings of the two teams on 60 evaluation items (which were based on COPES criteria statements) were compared. The test results revealed some rating imbalance due to different rating approaches and inadequate heed or misunderstanding of criteria. A discussion of reliability test results and discernible factors affecting reliability includes tabulated data. Recommendations for improving the test are presented based on an analysis of the findings. Appended are: lists of participating colleges and site visit team members, team leader survey questions and responses, and causes of major rating differences based on explanations by site visit chairmen and team leaders. (Author/EC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Authoring Institution: Foothill-De Anza Community Coll. District, Los Altos Hills, CA.