The Department of Counselor Education actively involves all stakeholders in the evaluation process. Candidates, faculty, field supervisors, alumni, members of the professional community (through various partnerships) and other advisory consulting members provide constant and continuous input to evaluate and improve the department and its programs. An assessment system with different components operating together has been used to collect feedback. Figure 1 below shows the evaluation components of the departments assessment system.
The evaluation procedure involves gathering, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating, and decision making among students, faculty and field supervisors. Evaluation data are collected from the following sources:
- End of course evaluations (SOTE)
- Annual surveys of program graduates as follow up study
- Institutional program review
- Faculty promotion, retention, and post-tenure review
- Faculty review of courses and the PPS credential program (regular department meetings)
- Community and district partners review and input through various projects
Utilizing partnership projects to obtain community feedback has been the department’s strategy to improve the quality of its instruction and curriculum. The Counselor Education faculty have been moving forward with the development of several partnerships for program improvement. The intensive involvement of advisory consultants who are associated with several critical project partnerships allows for continual and ample formative and summative evaluation. The Department fostered:
- Counselor Education Transformation Partnership 1997-1999
- School-to-Career school, college, and university partnership 1998-2001
- GEAR UP Partnership with San Jose Unified School District, 1998-2004
- GEAR UP Partnership with east San Jose three school districts, 1999-2014
The department also invites students to provide meaningful and timely feedback based on their learning experience in the department. Every semester a comprehensive program evaluation survey is distributed to the students. Data from the exam are reported to all faculty at the first-semester department meeting for program improvement.