ERIC Number: EJ892437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
Tightening Curricular Connections: CQI and Effective Curriculum Planning
Harper, Betty J.; Lattuca, Lisa R.
Research in Higher Education, v51 n6 p505-527 Sep 2010
Over the past decade, continuous quality improvement (CQI) has emerged as a strategy for documenting and systematically building academic program quality. This study used a nationally representative sample of engineering faculty members and students to examine the influence of faculty members' CQI activities on the relationships between student and institutional characteristics, student experiences in- and out-of-class, and student learning outcomes. A cluster analysis validated the use of four CQI-related variables to differentiate engineering programs into high- and low-CQI groups. In a multiple group path analysis, the models for the high and low groups differed significantly, supporting the hypothesis that CQI indirectly influences the relationships between student and institutional characteristics, student experiences, and student learning outcomes. Further, the path results suggested a number of modifications to the analytical and conceptual frameworks used in the study.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Total Quality Management, Academic Achievement, Institutional Characteristics, Path Analysis, Engineering, Faculty, Models, Outcomes of Education, Student Experience, Engineering Education, Student Characteristics, Sample Size, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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