ERIC Number: ED416806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep-14
A Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) Model for Postsecondary Curricular and Pedagogical Reform Based on Assessment-As-Learning.
Mullin, Ralph F.; Grelle, Michael
This final report describes activities and accomplishments of a 3-year project at Central Missouri State University to develop and pilot test a Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) model as a replacement for the course-credit completion paradigm in 15 academic departments. The pilot CPI project was phase 4 of a 5-phase Decade of Transformation program. Previous phases involved exploration, experimentation, faculty education, and policy development and planning. The fifth phase will focus on generalization and implementation of CPI throughout the university system and dissemination to other institutions. The model's instructional principles are student-learning centered, outcomes-driven, performance-based, and include continuous assessment and feedback. Evaluation indicated that approximately 70 percent of the faculty received training in CPI, with 10 to 15 percent receiving extensive training in assessment-as-learning and/or total quality management. Approximately 40 percent of the faculty have added performance-based assessments to their classes. Over 5,400 students have been exposed to CPI through special workshops, speeches, articles, and in-class discussions. All incoming freshmen and new faculty receive a formal introduction to CPI during orientation. Individual sections of the report include an overview, description of the project's purpose, background and origins, activities, and evaluation/results. Attached exhibits include flow charts, CPI principles, brochures, evaluation details, curriculum materials, and a list of dissemination materials. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Central Missouri State Univ., Warrensburg.