EDUC 778 Program Design & Assessment

This course utilizes research-based approaches to analyzing student learning, curriculum, academic programs, student services, and institutional structures. The important role of assessment in overall student achievement, program development, and educational systems is emphasized through the literature and applied using data informed decision-making.

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Program design and evaluation are essential across higher education institutions in both curricular and co-curricular departments, which requires strategic planning and targeted assessments. Understanding program design and how it fits within an institutional system is important for educational leaders and assessment practitioners. Sound assessment practices are a necessity across educational institutions to ensure program health and continuous improvement. This course serves to provide knowledge and understanding of how program design and assessment prepares practitioners for effective leadership and to impart institutional change.


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Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will participate in three Discussions. Each discussion will be completed in two parts: At least 400 words addressing the provided prompt and 2 replies at least 150 words each to other classmates’ threads. All writing must follow current APA format, including in-text citations and references. (CLO: A, B, D, E)

Annotated Bibliography Assignment

The candidate will find and annotate seven professional journal articles that support their program goals and outcomes. Each annotation should be around 150 words. (CLO: C, F)

Article Review and Comparison Assignment

The candidate will find two professional journal articles on program evaluation related to their topic and write a 500-word summary, comparison, and contrast essay. (CLO: B, F)

SWOT Analysis Assignment

The candidate will conduct a SWOT analysis for the program they plan to evaluate using the provided template. (CLO: B)

Program Evaluation Plan Proposal Assignment

The candidate will propose their program evaluation plan by using the template provided. (CLO: B, C, E)

Program Evaluation Plan Assignment

The candidate will complete a program evaluation plan for a higher education program of their choice. The program evaluation plan must include: the name/type of program, standards, goals, outcomes, evaluation model, data sources, data analysis plan, report of the expected findings, and implications plan for program improvement report. Candidates must support their plan with research from at least eight current references. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Quizzes (3)

There will be three quizzes during the course. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have an hour and 30 minute time limit. (CLO: B, F)


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