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ERIC Number: EJ864935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3759
Quality Control in Christian Higher Education: The Importance of Evaluating What We Do
Bhatia, Sukhwant S.
Christian Higher Education, v8 n4 p265-279 2009
In contrast to the long-standing history of assessment in secular higher education, religious institutions have not been at the cutting edge of assessment, evaluation, and research. However, external pressures on institutions have led to a self-examined life, use of reliable indicators of institutional performance, and development of comprehensive approaches to assess programs and outcomes. In a comprehensive assessment effort, alumni can offer unique insights, because they may provide opinions on the application of the degree curriculum in practice. Well-designed program evaluations will guard the curriculum against political manipulation by assembling data and making them available for public scrutiny. Assessments and evaluations give the stakeholders a better chance of making themselves aware of the actual effects of the program. Program evaluations, if conducted with integrity, can contribute substantially, not only to management, but also to the mission that gives religious institutions their reason for being. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A