Evaluation of Extramural Programs

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Extramural programs may be evaluated in terms of effectiveness in achieving their particular goals. The components of structure, process, and outcome are examined as related sets of program elements. Goals influence appropriate structure in organization, facilities, and manpower. Structure in turn influences process or activities which result in outcome. Outcome is considered in terms of goals. Each set of elements is examined by institutional faculty and administration, extramural faculty, and students. Where all agree that desired outcome variables are relevant to the goal(s) and are achieved, the program is “effective.” Where outcome and goal are not compatible, process and then structure must be examined for appropriateness of each. When there is disagreement between groups about any element, a problem area in the program is specifically identified. The procedure for cyclic assessment may be used by a school or program for self-study or for periodic internal monitoring of problem areas. Use of this method has shown some characteristics common to different types of extramural programs.

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