Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Western Consortium Program Schedule

Part II Language Program Evaluation: “Making the Most of Program Evaluation”


Friday, July 29th

1:30 – 2:30                Keynote Address by John Norris:
                                 High-value evaluation strategies in foreign language
                                 education

2:30 – 2:45                Break

2:45 – 4:15                Workshop by University of Hawaii team:
                                 Using surveys for understanding and improving foreign
                                 language
programs

4:15 – 4:30                Break

4:30 – 6:00                Roundtable discussion facilitated by John Norris:
                                 How can we make the most of the mandated program
                                 review process?

Saturday, July 30th

8:00                          Light breakfast will be provided

9:00 – 12:00              Evaluation at work

9:00 – 9:40                U. of H. team:
                                 Program changes as a result of college-wide outcomes
                                 assessment: Three years of assessment impact
                      

9:40 – 10:20              Martha Schulte-Nafeh:
                                 Making the most of external evaluation in grant-funded
                                 projects and programs: How to achieve objectivity and
                                 utility

10:20 – 10:40            Break

10:40 – 11:20            Nahal Akbari:
                                 Using program logic models to understand and improve
                                 Persian language programs

11:20 – 12:00            Report on evaluation in Middle East Language Programs

12:00 – 1:30              Lunch

1:30 – 3:15                Evaluation-topic-specific breakout sessions, facilitated by
                                 U. of H. team

3:15 – 3:30                Break

3:30 – 4:30                Groups report on discussions with an eye towards
                                 informing the Sunday strategic planning session

4:30– 4:45                 Break

4:45 – 6:30                Roundtable discussion #2 facilitated by U. of H. team:
                                  Assessing intercultural competence (and other esoteric
                                 outcomes)

Sunday, July 31st

8:00                            Light breakfast will be provided

9:00 – 11:00               Strategic planning session, facilitated by UH team:
                                  The minimum that evaluation needs to accomplish in
                                  Middle East Language Programs

11:00 – 12:00             Wrap Up and Open discussion

12:00 – 12:30             Workshop evaluation (boxed lunch provided)


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