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ERIC Number: ED164044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Program Evaluation in the Era of Retrenchment: The Role of Institutional Research in a Community College.
Stevenson, Mike; Walleri, Dan
Because community college administrators are under increasing pressure to curtail or eliminate programs due to reduced resources, the need for institutional research in the area of evaluation of educational and support programs arises. There are three basic approaches to program evaluation which are used in most public educational institutions: (1) the market evaluation model which operates through student decisions as reflected in enrollment trends; (2) the instructor/administrator model which relies on expert advice and planning to predict, stabilize, and adjust the institution's response to changing student needs; and (3) the state coordination evaluation model which aims to meet the political need of synchronizing program development and preventing unnecessary program duplication. It is suggested that the key variable in determining the effectiveness of these approaches is a particular college's size. Mount Hood Community College supplements these approaches with a database system whose objectives are to create and maintain a process which identifies the most appropriate "data-based" criteria for program evaluation decisions, and to gather and communicate the decision-relevant data. Outlines and flowcharts illustrate the process and the role of the Office of Research in it. (MB)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mount Hood Community Coll., Gresham, OR.