ERIC Number: ED346905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-24
Reference Count: N/A
NAIT CPD. Competency Profile Development: A Systems Approach for Program Review Projects.
The Engineering Technologies Division of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Canada has developed a systems approach to program review called Competency Profile Development (CPD). This approach utilizes a combination of organizational communication, project management, management-by-objectives, a modified Developing A Curriculum (DACUM) process, and total quality management techniques for the purpose of program review. When a program is selected for evaluation, the major tasks of the project are identified and given a time framework. The plan is reviewed with administrative and instructional staff. A list of competencies to be achieved by a graduate of the program is designed to meet entry-level skills for industry. Industries are selected to participate with members of the program advisory committee in reviewing, modifying, and ranking the list of competencies. This list is compared to the existing program to identify deficiencies and areas of overlap. Then, manpower, equipment, laboratory, and space requirements are evaluated. After program approval by the administration, the instructional staff use the recommended competencies to identify general instructional objectives for each course. Implementation of these recommendations is completed within 2 academic years, with student feedback solicited during the implementation process. A 22-item bibliography and charts of the CPD model are appended. (JSP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Evaluation, Engineering Technology, Foreign Countries, Instructional Systems, Minimum Competencies, Models, Organizational Objectives, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Systems Analysis, Systems Approach, Technical Education, Total Quality Management
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Alberta Inst. of Tech., Edmonton.