ERIC Number: ED219038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Institutional Effectiveness: Planning for the Future. A Report of an Evaluation Study at Nazareth College.
The general education component of the curriculum (McGrail Plan) at Nazareth College, Michigan, was evaluated in preparation for a North Central Self-Study. Twenty-five 1980 freshmen and 93 of the 1981 seniors who had completed 4 years of study at the college were administered the American College Testing (ACT) program Objective Test and Activity Inventory of the College Outcomes Measurement Project. The information from these instruments provided specific measures of student performance on the following six education outcomes, which closely parallel those specified by the college: communicating, solving problems, clarifying values, functioning within social institutions, using science and technology, using the arts. Nazareth student scores were compared with normative data derived from 130 other colleges and universities. To determine how students and alumni feel about the McGrail Plan and the overall educational program, the ACT Education Services Survey Student Opinion Survey and Alumni Survey Instruments were used. The Student Opinion Survey was completed by 55 sophomores and 70 juniors in 1981. Among the findings are the following: Nazareth freshmen are average in their entering level abilities in the general education outcomes measures; Nazareth seniors were somewhat lower in entrance-level ability than the senior norm group; in all areas except communicating and solving problems, Nazareth seniors compared favorably to the senior reference group; and significant growth in general education occurs between freshmen and seniors and greatest gains occur in solving problems, clarifying values, and using the arts. Alumni were found to have a positive subjective evaluation of the growth they experienced. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Nazareth Coll., MI.