ERIC Number: ED231406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan-10
Reference Count: 0
Program Evaluation at Foothill College.
Lowe, Irel D.
Evaluation systems were designed for the assessment of the instructional and non-instructional programs at Foothill College (California) to determine whether the objectives of the programs were being met and to ascertain the direct and indirect costs of the programs. For the instructional programs, criteria for determining effectiveness, revenue efficiency, and centrality to the college mission were specified and weighted. An evaluation committee was formed and 3l programs were selected to be evaluated. Data were collected, a quartile score was assigned by the committee for each criterion, and scores were multipied by the weight factor assigned for each criterion. The programs were then reviewed by the president and deans for a judgment on each program's relation to the overall mission of the college. During the 1981-82 budget cuts, 6 of the 10 lowest ranked programs were eliminated from the college's curriculum. For non-instructional programs, an accreditation-type evaluation was selected, consisting of the identification of programs to be evaluated, a decision on the type of conclusion desired, and appointment of an evaluation team. The evaluation team then defined program objectives; identified constituents served; performed a needs assessment; examined program consequences, costs, and revenues; and made an overall evaluation. The guide for non-instructional program evaluation at Foothill College is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foothill Coll., Los Altos Hills, CA.