1st Edition

Departmental Assessment How Some Campuses Are Effectively Evaluating the Collective Work of Faculty

Edited By Jon F. Wergin, Judi N. Swingen Copyright 2000

    Reports the results of a survey to locate campus evaluation policies and practices that encourage constructive change in departments and a stronger culture of collective responsibility for the unit's success. Specific recommendations are offered–ideas that could aid in creating a more "self-regarding" institution, stronger and more widely accepted methods for evaluating departments and collectives, and eventually greater flexibility for departmental faculty. The authors review materials from 130 institutions, following visits to eight campuses, and identify the key components: (1) the degree to which the organizational and cultural setting promotes a conducive atmosphere for evaluation; (2) the credibility and fairness of evaluation policies and practices; and (3) the validity and reliability of evaluation standards, criteria, and measures.Supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

    Methods and Procedures, Campus Evaluation Practices: Program review, Outcomes assessment, Specialized accreditation, Financial accounting initiatives, Internal quality assurance, Components of Effective Evaluation at the Departmental Level: Organizational and Cultural Setting; Evaluation Policies and Practices; Evaluation Standards, Criteria, and Measures; Recommendations for Evaluation Practice; Conclusion.


    Jon F. Wergin has served as senior scholar at AAHE for its New Pathways Project and has consulted widely on topics related to faculty and program assessment. He is pro­fessor of educational studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Judi N. Swingen received her Ph.D. in education from Virginia Commonwealth Uni­versity in 1999, and currently serves as a research associate at its Graduate School.