Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Co-curricular Offerings

This afternoon, I met with Tin (SMS Dean), Soc (OSA Dean), Annie (MathSci Chairperson), Joey (English Chairperson), Beni (of ORDEV and Academic Advising Council), Pam (of LEAP and the Student Learning Center), and Paul (of NSTP).

The meeting touched on co-curricular offerings at DLS-CSB and on how the group will answer basic questions like
  • Which programs are being offered at DLS-CSB (and not offered in other schools or are not being offered in other schools the way we are offering them here) to merit such high tuition fees?
  • What added value does a parent (or student) get out of programs like Extended Math/English, SLC, ORDEV, Academic Advising, etc.?
  • How does the College find out if these programs are effective or are managed effectively?
It was resolved that, as a first step towards coming up with more efficient and valuable programs, each will prepare a unit portfolio, taking stock of what the program currently offers. We will then make sure that current offerings are evaluated for effectiveness and relevance to students' needs and goals and, in case there are gaps identified, offerings will be refined and/or new ones are developed.


At 10:36 AM , Blogger Carlo said...

In evaluating a curricular program we needs to consider what "evaluation model" to use in assessing all areas of the program effectively. When a program is started, it runs through with the design of the evaluation framework. Perhaps we need to clarify first what area of the program needs to be evaluated? If we want to determine if the program is attractive to the students and wants to get their comments, then we use "Stake's Responsive Evaluation." If we want to determine if the goals of the program are being met, then we use Tylerian Evaluation approach. If you need to decide on making changes on the program, whether to pursue it or abandon it, then use the CIPP Model by Stufflebeam. If we want to know if the program provides the school with enough monetary remuneration, we use consumer-oriented evaluation model like the one by Scriven. If you want to use an external expert to evaluate the program like accrediting bodies, then use expertise-oriented models. It's a good start that verybody is preparing portfolios but this is not the only proof that we need to see if a program has a high impact and it will dpend on the requirement of the evalution model used. Before, I thought that having a single checklist or inventory was enough to evaluate a program but unfortunately it is not? It took me two courses in evaluation in my Ph.D. to acquire the rigors of program evaluation. If we are clear about our purpose on the direction of the evaluation and have set the appropriate model! Then we are likely to gain clear lenses to seeif a program is effective. I hope my input would help. To have an idea on how an evaluation runs you can ask Paul Villanueva of SAO for a copy of the NSTPCW1 and NSTPCW2 Program evaluation that I did.

At 9:20 PM , Blogger Zaldi said...

Thanks for the inputs Carlo. We will surely consult you on this matter. The portfolios are meant to take stock of what the programs are currently doing, and, as you said, may not be sufficient for evaluation purposes. However, even the act of assembling one seems to take the units forever :-). We'll work on the next steps once we see what they have.


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