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ERIC Number: ED536464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Meta-Review: Systematic Assessment of Program Review
Harlan, Brian
Online Submission, US-China Education Review A 8 p740-754 2012
Over 20 years ago, Robert J. Barak and Barbara E. Breier suggested incorporating a regular assessment of the entire program review system into the review schedule in order to ensure that the system itself is as efficient and effective as the programs under review. Barak and Breier's seminal book on the goals and processes of program review has widely influenced the standards for reviews; however, their proposed "meta-review" has not yet become a regular element in most higher education institutions. Results from a meta-review undertaken at a small and private liberal arts college demonstrate the utility of such an institutional-level assessment. The results reveal that the quality--and even the purpose--of program review can shift over time, and that review policies and guidelines need to be revised regularly to remain current with emerging external expectations and changing financial environments. (Contains 5 tables, 4 figures, and 3 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A