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Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Dennis Brennan

First Committee Member

Fred Muskal

Second Committee Member

Norena Badway

Third Committee Member

Victoria Morrow


Higher education is facing new expectations and demands for accountability. This is especially true in categorically-funded programs that expand the scope of mission for an institution. The Economic Development Program of the California Community Colleges is such a program. An evaluation of program outcomes was required by the California legislature in 1998 for the Economic Development Program. This evaluation was conducted in a high-stakes environment in a six-month time frame. The intent of this study is to provide a cohesive case history of this evaluation effort, and to examine tools that may prove helpful for the program in future evaluation studies. Interviews with government officials, program administrators and managers, the evaluation contractor, and project directors revealed a consistent lack of understanding of how to construct program evaluations. The evaluation report studied attempted to evaluate program outcomes before assessments of program need, program theory and design, and program implementation had been adequately addressed.



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