ERIC Number: ED445647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Finding the "Start Line" with an Institutional Effectiveness Inventory. AIR 2000 Annual Forum Paper.
Ronco, Sharron L.; Brown, Stephanie G.
This paper describes a program to measure institutional effectiveness that involved development of an inventory checklist designed to stimulate faculty input on how student performance-related outcomes are measured and to evaluate current program effectiveness. The checklist, designed to be administered in an interview format, focused on three particular areas: (1) departmental mission, intended educational outcomes, and written methods of assessment for evaluating program effectiveness; (2) direct indicators for assessing students' knowledge and skills, including capstone courses, portfolio assessments, licensure, certification, professional exams; and indirect indicators for assessing students' and others' opinions of their learning, including student course evaluations, employer surveys, student exit interviews, and alumni surveys; and (3) using inventory results to identify needed program improvements and additional resources such as training, personnel, and technology. The paper concludes that using the inventory checklist provides a non-threatening way to assess student outcomes, and offers an excellent opportunity for initiating a systematic and continuing process for institutional effectiveness and educational improvement. The checklist is appended. (Contains 12 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Course Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Faculty College Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Needs Assessment, Organizational Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, Participative Decision Making, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Factors, Portfolio Assessment, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Researchers
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