ERIC Number: ED404543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Focus Visits: A Process Improvement Model for Technical College Program Evaluation.
Crane, Eric C.; Dillon, Brenda M.
This document is designed to provide enough information for technical colleges and similar institutions to conduct their own focus visits. A focus visit is defined as a full-day activity that takes place on the campus during which a team of 10-25 individuals (program faculty, former and current students, technical college staff, advisory committee members, and employers) develops a concise, realistic plan for improving the program and solving problems related to its operation. The report discusses the historical development of focus visits, the institutional assessment preceding a focus visit, preparation for the focus visit, and the program improvement team. It describes the following parts of focus visit: the welcome with explanation of the purpose and background information on the program being examined, discussion of possible issues, tour and assessment of the program's facilities, formation of workgroups, the two workgroup meetings to identify needs of the program and to develop solutions to meet the most important needs, a student forum to allow students to speak candidly about what they like and dislike about the program, meeting of the entire program improvement team for a large-discussion, and evaluation of the focus visit by each team member. The report also offers suggestions for following through with the focus visit and provides reasons for their success. (Appendixes include sample agendas, lists of potential issues for workgroups, and sample forms.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, St. Paul.; Minnesota State Dept. of Children, Families, and Learning, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Council on Vocational Technical Education, St. Paul.