ERIC Number: ED227916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Community College Instructional Program Evaluation Model Using a Mini-Accreditation Approach. Revised.
Rasor, Richard A.; And Others
American River College's (ARC's) model for evaluating instructional programs using a mini-accreditation approach is presented in this report. First, a rationale for program evaluation is provided, focusing on its role in future planning, improving existing programs, accounting for expenditures, and self-validation. Next, program evaluation is defined as a process for judging the extent to which a program has succeeded in achieving intended goals; and the essential characteristics of a scientific approach to program review are outlined. After specifying limitations of existing approaches (e.g., their subjectivity, quantitative nature, and association with program cutbacks), the paper outlines the main features of ARC's self-evaluation model, including: (1) the person with primary responsibility for evaluation--normally the dean of instruction; (2) the unit to be evaluated--a department, program or academic field; (3) the frequency of evaluation--once every 3 to 4 years; (4) the departmental self-evaluation--a process which includes definition of goals, measurement of goal attainment through data collection, and development of a self-evaluation report; and (5) evaluation by an outside team--an effort which involves validation of the self-evaluation report and production of a report summarizing the department's strengths, weaknesses, and directions for the future. Finally, alternative models for evaluation team membership are presented. Optional and required criteria for program evaluation are listed in an appendix. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American River Coll., Sacramento, CA.