Online program Assessment: A Case Study of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Experience

Online program Assessment: A Case Study of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Experience

Faye L. Lesht (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne, USA), Rae-Anne Montague (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne, USA), Vaughn J. Page (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne, USA), Najmuddin Shaik (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne, USA) and Linda C. Smith (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-935-9.ch214
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Abstract

Through case study, this chapter lends insight to ways online assessment can facilitate a holistic approach to the evaluation of distance education programs. In 2001, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign transitioned from program evaluation methods that relied heavily on data gathering by postal mail to online instruments. While the transition was spurred by the need to evaluate the campus’ first online degree program, online assessment methods are now used to review all off-campus degree programs. Results of this new assessment strategy have proven beneficial for continuous quality improvement across all modes of delivery.

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