ERIC Number: ED342295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Program Review and Educational Quality in the Major: A Faculty Handbook. Liberal Learning and the Arts and Sciences Major. Volume 3.
Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
This handbook translates the findings and recommendations from earlier reports on purposes and practices in selected arts and sciences majors into a practical framework for reviewing the effectiveness of major programs in the arts and sciences as liberal learning. The handbook stresses the value of assessment as a dimension of program review and suggests ways of "normalizing" assessment as an ongoing part of curricular expectations and students' learning programs. Following an introduction on the dynamics of program review, the second of the handbook's four chapters, "Key Elements of Strong Programs," discusses 13 characteristics of such programs: (1) clear and explicit goals, (2) focus on inquiry and analysis, (3) development of critical perspective, (4) connections with students' needs, (5) connections with scholarly inquiry, (6) connections within the major program, (7) connections with other disciplines and fields, (8) connections with liberal learning, (9) supportive community, (10) inclusiveness, (11) advising, (12) evaluations and assessment, and (13) administrative supports, rewards, and recognition. Chapter 3, "The Program Review Process," discusses the role of assessment and review and steps in organizing the review. Chapter 4, "A Framework for Program Review," offers a series of questions organized around the 13 key characteristics listed in Chapter 2. A selected bibliography cites 24 resources and publications. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Administrative Policy, College Outcomes Assessment, College Programs, Critical Thinking, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Inquiry, Intellectual Disciplines, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Program Evaluation, Student Needs
Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009 ($12.00 plus shipping and handling prepaid; 5-25 copies: $8.00 plus shipping and handling; 26+ copies: $6.00 plus shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: For volumes 1 and 2 in this series, see ED 328 137-138.