Courses & Syllabi
EDUC 705. Evaluating Educational and Social Programs
Prerequisites: EDUC 695 or equivalent.
Examines how to assess the efficacy of educational programs. In a constrained fiscal environment, there are limitations on the number of programs the public can (or will) support. Thus, it is important to ask, “Does this program really work?” “Is it better than other alternatives for attaining its stated purpose?” The purpose is to develop students’ skills in answering such hard questions. Before impacts can be assessed, the program and its aim must be well understood. This raises questions such as “What is this program?” “What is it meant to accomplish?” “Are these goals realistic given the parameters of its definition?”