ERIC Number: ED449846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec-30
A Broad View of Developmental Program Assessment Activities at Public Junior, Community and Technical Colleges: Evaluating the Evaluators. A Report for Dissemination.
High, Clennis F.
This study evaluates how various colleges across the country determine the effectiveness of their remedial/developmental programs. The author sectioned the country into 4 quadrants and solicited participation from 80 randomly selected colleges. A total of 50 colleges (63%) responded from over 30 states. Using personal interviews, case studies, document review, and written communications to collect data, the study sought to: (1) add information to the existing literature; (2) examine practicality of a "best practices" with respect to specific college characteristics; and (3) explore evaluations at some colleges that work, but are not often included in the literature. While all colleges considered developmental programs to be important, some colleges (generally those with little or no minority enrollment) did not have developmental programs, while others lacked evaluation procedures for their programs. Four factors were found to impact the quality of evaluations: (1) level of student preparedness when entering college; (2) amount of funds colleges provide to evaluators; (3) knowledge-level of evaluators; and (4) the degree to which some type of accountability factor is associated with the evaluation. The study concludes with 10 recommendations for improving evaluation procedures for developmental programs. (Contains 27 references and an appendix containing respondent college contact information.) (PGS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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