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A program evaluation of the NCA -UNL school improvement specialist program


2005 2005

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to investigate school improvement specialists' perceptions of the effectiveness of the NCA-UNL School Improvement Specialist Program based upon their professional development and their ability to lead a school improvement process successfully. This program was developed through a partnership between the College of Education and Human Sciences of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI)A sequential explanatory mixed methods study was conducted. An online survey questionnaire was conducted that was based on the eight program outcomes of the program---needs of the 21st century students; change; mission and belief statements; total school improvement process; data; interventions and strategies; communication skills; and leadership skills.

Using both quantitative and qualitative designs, this researcher studied the perceptions of the school improvement specialists who had graduated and were certified as school improvement specialists. The online quantitative survey questionnaire captured the overall perceptions of the participants with the follow up qualitative interviews enriching and extending the results of the survey.

Data from the survey indicated strong support for the program with all mean scores rating above a 4 on the Likert scale range of 1 to 5 with 1 being "not at all" and 5 being "A great deal." The nine qualitative interviews supported the analyses of the quantitative online questionnaire.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Higher education;
School administration
Classification
0745: Higher education
0514: School administration
Identifier / keyword
Education; Nebraska; North Central Association; School improvement specialist; University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Title
A program evaluation of the NCA -UNL school improvement specialist program
Author
Mills, Shirley J.
Number of pages
247
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 66/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542388057, 0542388057
Advisor
Isernhagen, Jody C.
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3194121
ProQuest document ID
305426058
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305426058
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