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ERIC Number: EJ883679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0146-9282
Evaluating Department Chair and Student Leadership in Higher Education
Thurston, Linda P.; Middendorf, B. Jan
Educational Considerations, v37 n1 p11-18 Fall 2009
In higher education, assessment of leadership capacities and performance of department chairs and students allows stakeholders to evaluate individuals and programs. To that end, this article describes the Individual Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) Feedback for Department Chairs system, a psychometrically sound instrument developed for evaluating department chairs at Kansas State University, and the process used to develop a contextually based leadership assessment instrument for students in the university's Leadership Studies program. The article begins with a background section that presents a framework for accountability in higher education leadership followed by a subsection that defines and compares the concepts of assessment and evaluation. The third section contains a review of relevant literature on establishing indicators for evaluating leadership in higher education, context for assessing leadership, and theoretical base. In the fourth section, assessment instruments and evaluation methods are described. (Contains 8 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas