ERIC Number: ED253271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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Academic Planning through Program Review: Can It Work?
Fernandez, Thomas V.; Raab, Marjorie K.
Nassau Community College (NCC) is currently working with a program evaluation model in which faculty from one department serve as peer evaluation consultants to direct the self-evaluations of other departments. The four functional objectives initially motivating the development of NCC's plan directed that: real decisions about academic programs should result from program review and involve the joint participation of faculty and administrators; objective information reviewed and analyzed as part of the program review should be the basis for program decisions; community needs should be examined as part of the program review; and a practicial timetable should provide for the timely review of academic programs from which decisions of current value are produced. The peer consultants, who are generally selected from faculty who have previously participated in the curricular evaluations within their own departments, administer evaluation activities undertaken in four phases: (1) needs assessment, which involves a survey of constituent groups regarding program goals and a conference to promote consensus among diverse groups about specific program objectives; (2) outcomes assessment, which includes an examination of the extent to which proposed goals are being achieved; (3) review of program objectives, which uses the results of the previous phases to make early decisions about desired modifications; and (4) impact assessment, which provides for a follow-up by program faculty of the effect of the program modifications in producing intended improvements. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
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