ERIC Number: ED312310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Prescriptive Evaluation Plans: A Method of Large-Scale Evaluation in Student Affairs. Research Report #16-19.
Balenger, Victoria J.; And Others
A method of evaluation that is appropriate for a student affairs department that contains more than one service unit (e.g., a counseling center or student union) is described. A staff member in each service unit is appointed to conduct that unit's self-study, with the consultative help of an experienced evaluation coordinator. For each unit, the evaluation coordinator develops a Prescriptive Evaluation Plan (PEP) to guide the self-study. PEPs suggest how the service unit representative might measure purpose statements against five evaluation criteria: (1) whether the purpose is being accomplished; (2) whether the purpose is being accomplished in a user-friendly manner; (3) whether the purpose is being accomplished in a cost-effective manner; (4) whether the purpose is being accomplished in an efficient manner; and (5) how the purpose promotes student development. While this method capitalizes on the expertise of those who administer the services being evaluated, it also provides the structure and support necessary for a systematic and objective large-scale evaluation to be implemented. Such evaluation should represent an opportunity to verify that the component parts of a department are working productively together to fulfill their common mission in student affairs. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.