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ERIC Number: ED341054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 12
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Opening Discourse: The Benefits of an Outside Evaluator.
Flanigan, Michael C.
An outside evaluator can help an institution open up dialogue and bring about change by focusing the attention of top administrators, faculty, and students on goals seen as important by groups within the institution. Bringing in an outside evaluator to colleges and universities, English departments and writing programs, can be a touchy, often destructive business, if the person or group sponsoring the evaluation does not first lay the necessary groundwork. In order to serve the needs of an institution, all (or at least as many as possible) of the people who will be affected by an evaluation report should be consulted in advance of the visit. Experience in evaluating programs all over the United States has produced 6 guidelines for bringing in an outside evaluator: (1) set goals for what the evaluator is to look at and why; (2) lay the groundwork for the outside evaluator, involving everyone affected; (3) give the evaluator a written overview of the state of things at the institution, an overview that reflects as much as possible the interests of everyone the evaluation will affect; (4) furnish as much representative material and information as possible to help the evaluator accomplish the job; (5) arrange on-campus meetings for the evaluator with administrators, faculty, students, support personnel, and part-timers; and (6) require a full, written report from the evaluators within 4 weeks. (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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