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Along with assessing the value of a program, evaluations should aid in decision making, support change management, and improve processes. For an evaluation to effect change, three conditions should occur: informing, collaborating, and mixing. The evaluation of a Wheaton College (Massachusetts) graduation requirement that students complete a minimum of at least one out-of-class learning experience provides an example of an evaluation that served as a catalyst for change. The requirement moved from a five-step prescribed, structured reflection process to a three-step student-centered reflection process integrated into the academic community. As the example from Wheaton College shows, for an evaluation to have effective use, it has to be a shared, collaborative educational venture between the evaluator and those involved in the program. (Contains 16 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: College Students, Educational Change, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Graduation Requirements, Higher Education, Program Evaluation











Author: Hubelbank, Jeanne H.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4956&id=ED458264



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