ERIC Number: ED302290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
A Program Review Model for Use at Sacramento City College: The Initial Concept Paper.
Hendrick, Lawrence C.
Though program evaluation has been an important focus of higher education for the last 20 years, traditional evaluation models have been ineffective for on-going programs, particularly those where the outcomes are multifaceted or undefined. Over the last five years, several alternative viewpoints on program evaluation have been suggested which could lead to the development of new models for program evaluation. One such model is built on the premise that college programs are open systems which are continually affected by and must react to both their internal and external environments. The objective of this type of evaluation is program improvement, rather than determination of whether the program should be maintained or discontinued. The process used is program based, long range, and institutionwide, and it remains distinct from the evaluation process used to inform administrative decisions. The model involves three phases, focusing on the history, current status, and future directions of the program. A series of qualitative and quantitative questions are posed to direct the attention of program staff to changes and trends, strengths and weaknesses, and the development of a plan for the future. Implementation of such an evaluation model requires clear lines of responsibility to organize the process and insure progress and continuity; a 3- or 4-year cycle of evaluating, reporting, recommending, implementing, and reevaluating all programs at the college; facilitation and monitoring by a non-partisan program evaluation committee; selection of an evaluation coordinator; involvement of the research office; and appointment of a facilitator for each program. Effective evaluation does not separate the program from its staff, but is built on their knowledge and experience. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sacramento City Coll., CA.