ERIC Number: ED317244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Cyclical Program Review Process at HCCC: An Executive Summary, 1986.
Oromaner, Mark; Scott, Joseph F.
In 1982, a program/service review approach was adopted by Hudson County Community College as an alternative to conventional accreditation. The 5-year program/review cycle, conducted from 1982 to 1986, involved spacing evaluation and review over an extended time period and integrating program/service reviews into the school's planning process. Each academic program and service area was placed on an evaluation/self-study schedule. Self-study groups, composed of five or six individuals closely associated with the program or area, identified goals, performance standards, and concerns, and analyzed the program/area success. Recommendations and responses were made at the end of the evaluation period. Advantages to the program/service review approach included the following: (1) each academic program and service receives full attention and is considered at least once in the 5-year cycle; (2) virtually every faculty and staff member plays an active role in the development of the self-study document; (3) self-study groups become more aware of and renew their commitment toward program objectives; (4) the number of programs and units examined in one year is more manageable in terms of scheduling budgetary provisions; and (5) since an accreditation recommendation is not made as a result of each review, both internal and external examiners can be more objective and critical. Disadvantages were the costliness and the time required for the program/service review. Actions taken in response to self-study recommendations are enumerated. Appendixes include a timetable and guidelines for self-study. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hudson County Community Coll., Jersey City, NJ.