ERIC Number: ED407560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
How To Write an Analytical Self-Evaluation Report. DETC Occasional Paper Number 12.
Ferguson, Josephine L.
This document, which is intended for schools preparing to undergo an evaluation as part of the Distance Education and Training Council's (DETC's) accreditation process, details the process of writing a self-evaluation report (SER). In the introduction, the SER is defined as the heart of the DETC accreditation process and is described as a road map for institutions in developing truly self-analytical and honestly introspective assessments of their present and future. Next, benefits of writing an SER are listed along with suggestions for developing an analytical writing style when completing an SER. A sample nonanalytical response to an evaluation question is provided and compared with an analytical response to the same question. The issue of selecting areas to analyze in an SER is examined, and the differences between internal and external analyses are illustrated through several examples. Sixteen topics are listed as possible topics for inclusion in an analytical SER. Among the topics listed are the following: existence of employment opportunities for the institution's graduates; appropriateness of instructional materials' reading level; validity/reliability of tests; usefulness of remarks on test papers; possible weaknesses in student services/administration that are causing dissatisfaction among students; and changes in faculty performance in recent years. (MN)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Adult Education, Distance Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Formative Evaluation, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Self Evaluation (Groups), Technical Writing
Distance Education and Training Council, 1601 18th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-2529; http://www.detc.org ($5).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.