ERIC Number: ED435352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education Trends (1997-1999): Program Evaluation. ERIC-HE Trends.
Kezar, Adrianna J.
The amount of literature on program evaluation decreased in 1996, continuing a trend begun in the late 1980s. One exception to this is the literature on assessment. Another frequent issue is the technique of evaluation. Many examples of research on evaluation are from international settings, where accountability and evaluation appear to be integrated into institutional systems. Student learning and satisfaction with services tend to be the focus of evaluation and assessment. An exception to the trend away from systemic evaluation is a paper by Aquirre and Hawkins, "Why Reinvent the Wheel? Let's Adapt Our Institutional Assessment Model," which describes an integrated assessment and strategic planning process designed to comply with accountability requirements at a community college in New Mexico. Most evaluation studies occur as students leave school or after they have graduated, and it would be helpful to have more evaluations while students were still in school. Some articles suggest ways to improve the process of evaluation. One area where research on evaluation is prevalent is research on new or nontraditional academic experiences, such as first-year seminars or bridge programs, experiential learning, and distance education. Some evaluation focuses specifically on faculty members, exploring the quality of teaching and research. Research on staff members' impact on student learning or experience is minimal. (Contains 12 references.) (JM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Course Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Literature Reviews, Program Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance
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Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.