Presentation on theme: "Graduate Program Review Where We Are, Where We Are Headed and Why Duane K. Larick, Associate Graduate Dean Presentation to Directors of Graduate Programs."— Presentation transcript:
Graduate Program Review Where We Are, Where We Are Headed and Why Duane K. Larick, Associate Graduate Dean Presentation to Directors of Graduate Programs Fall 2003
Fall 2003 Why Assess Graduate Programs? Improvement of graduate education Evaluation of program quality or need –Resource allocation/re-allocation Long-term institutional/college/departmental goals –Changes in focus or emphasis Accreditation requirements
Fall 2003Fall 2003 SACS Criterion for Accreditation Section 3 – Comprehensive Standards –“The institution identifies outcomes for its educational programs and its administrative and educational support services; assesses whether it achieves these outcomes; and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of those results.
Fall 2003Fall 2003 Graduate Program Review at NC State Current Process: Administration Administered by the Dean of the Graduate School Initiated by program or Graduate School Often at the Department level Includes multiple degrees/programs Partner with College and/or accreditation reviews
Fall 2003Fall 2003 Graduate Program Review at NC State Current Process: Objectives Reviews are conducted to gain a clearer understanding of a program’s: Purpose(s) within NC State Effectiveness in achieving purposes Overall quality Future objectives Changes needed to achieve objectives
Fall 2003Fall 2003 Graduate Program Review at NC State Current Process: Operational Procedures 10 year review cycle Components Internal self-study External “team” review Review team report – oral & written Program response prepared Administrative Meeting Graduate Dean, Provost, Vice-Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies, College Administration, Department Head, Director of Graduate Programs, Review Team Chair
Fall 2003Fall 2003 Graduate Program Review at NC State Current Process: Information Made Available Last program review report & response Graduate program profile (updated annually – 10 year data ) Enrollment: numbers, demographics Applications Numbers applied/admitted/enrolled Quality indicators – GRE, GPA, etc. Number of degrees awarded, time to degree Financial support Exit interviews
Fall 2003Fall 2003 Graduate School Assessment of the Current Process Self-Study that identified problems with the current protocol Decided not to combine with CUPR (UG program review) Differences in review process/expectations Appointed a Task Force Made up of faculty & administrators Rely on on-campus expertise
Fall 2003Fall 2003 Graduate Program Review at NC State Task Force Goals: Evaluate purpose and goals of review Examine current protocols, especially with respect to Continuous and ongoing Outcomes-based assessment Make recommendations on what could be done to make the outcome of a review more effective? Determine what the role of the Graduate School and the Administrative Board should be? Make recommendations on the infrastructure necessary to operate the process
Fall 2003Fall 2003 Questions The Task Force Asked Do each of our degree programs have clearly defined student outcomes? Are they measurable or observable? Do we provide or do programs collect data to assess the achievement of degree program outcomes? Do programs use assessment results to improve programs? Do we document that we use assessment results to improve programs?
Fall 2003Fall 2003 Graduate Program Review at NC State Task Force Key Findings: The current process is fairly typical. Graduate program reviews typically are conducted on a 6- to 10-year cycle. The current process follows Council of Graduate School guidelines. An external review component should be continued. Greater emphasis should be placed on program developed student learning outcomes.
Fall 2003Fall 2003 Graduate Program Review at NC State Task Force Key Findings – continued: The revised process should be more continuous and ongoing – 10-year intervals are not realistic. The review process should result in appropriate follow-up and tie into COMPACT Planning. Current resources do not allow review of all graduate programs on a 10-year cycle, much less on a more ongoing basis.
Fall 2003Fall 2003 What We Propose to Do Continue the traditional external review program on an 8 year schedule. Continue to partner with external reviews already conducted for accreditation or other purposes. Emphasize development of program specific student learning outcomes and assessment procedures to determine if they are being achieve. –Already part of the current protocol (section 4.5 of self-study outline)
Fall 2003Fall 2003 What We Propose to Do Provide the training necessary for programs to implement changes. Modify the current “Profile” information and work with University Planning and Analysis to improve utility of centralized data collection and processing. Increase efforts relative to follow-up after the graduate program review – assess progress on recommendations.
Fall 2003Fall 2003 What is Outcome-Based Assessment? Shift to student learning centered concerns –“What do we want our students to know?” –“How well does the program promote learning?” Moves from the “quality” of presentation to “How well did the student learn it?” Assesses achievement of the outcomes on a continuous rather than episodic basis
Fall 2003Fall 2003 Common Graduate Outcomes Students will demonstrate professional competencies including: –Knowledge of concepts in the discipline –Ability to conduct independent research –Ability to work in teams –Ability to use appropriate technologies –Ability to find employment in discipline –Ability to teach others –Oral & written communication skills –Critical thinking skills
Fall 2003Fall 2003 Examples of Assessment Opportunities Pre-Program/Admissions –Quality indicators like GPA, GRE score, etc. In-Program –Annual Progress Evaluation –Qualifying/Preliminary Examination; including proposal preparation & defense –Required seminar presentations –Portfolios – design, architecture, etc.
Fall 2003Fall 2003 Examples of Assessment Opportunities - continued At Program Completion –Presentations –Thesis/Dissertation; preparation, defense, etc. –Published works –Exit interview or survey –Job placement Long Term –Alumni surveys –Evidence of lifelong learning –Career success