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ERIC Number: ED470669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 8
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Obstacles in Outcomes Assessment: Identifying and Overcoming Them.
Woldt, Janet L.
The obstacles encountered in an outcomes assessment process were studied, focusing on the specific obstacles that prevent program administration from successfully completing the outcomes assessment process and the degree to which these obstacles operate. Of 135 dental hygiene education program directors surveyed, 107 responded, completing a 65-item questionnaire developed for the study. Responses reveal these obstacles: (1) insufficient time, funding, and personnel to conduct assessment activities; (2) failing support from external audiences for the outcomes assessment process; (3) the complexity of the outcomes assessment process; (4) varying levels of understanding by institutional personnel; and (5) inadequate communication, leadership, and guidance about assessment matters. Some suggestions are offered for solving problems associated with these obstacles, and the study's findings are discussed in relation to the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission's "Levels of Implementation." (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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