ERIC Number: ED394551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Chairs' and Deans' Commitment to Continuous Improvement: Measuring Departmental Effectiveness through Program Review.
Program reviews provide department chairs and faculty with vital information about the need for their program, changes that can improve the program's viability, and needs for resource allocation. In addition, well-designed reviews will determine program effectiveness and lead to improvements in program quality. In recent years, the role of program review has become increasingly important due to demands of external constituencies, diminishing resources, and new strategic management techniques. While every college is unique and must develop its own program review techniques, research shows that successful reviews assess the quality of program results, compare program objectives to results, provide information for revising program goals and content, and are formally approved by faculty. An ideal model for program review, which could be adapted by different institutions, should include the following four steps: (1) clarify program goals and objectives to establish purposes and identify goals in terms of measurable objectives; (2) describe the program by describing such program inputs as requirements, faculty credentials, and institutional resources; (3) assess program outcomes based on objectives; and (4) state future plans for the program. Finally, it is critical that deans and department chairs play a leadership role in program review to ensure support among faculty. (BCY)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.