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CCL Exam Study Guide

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CCL Study Guide for Comprehensive Exam

Reading List (CCL Program)




In general, this guide provides an overview of how a evaluations should be constructed, executed and concluded.  The readings are selected to identify common pitfalls, problems and potential solutions to common evaluation issues in the community college setting. 


Selected Books:


Bain, Ken. (2004) What the Best College Teachers Do.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Cheng, Yin Cheong. (1996) School Effectiveness & School-based Management: Student Outcomes and the Reform of Education.  Washington, D.C.: The Falmer Press.

Collins, Jim (2001)  Good to Great: Why Come Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t. New York: HarperCollins.

Gray, John, and Brian Wilcox (1995) Good School, Bad School: Evaluating Performance and Encouraging Improvement. Maidenhead, Berkshire (UK): Open University Press.

Harrington, H. James (1991) Business Process Improvement: The Breakthrough Strategy for Total Quality, Productivity, and Competitiveness.  New York: McGraw-Hill.

Hatry, Harry P., and Joseph S. Wholey (1999) Performance Measurement: Getting Results. Washington, D.C.: Urban Institute Press.

Kaplan, Robert S., and David P. Norton, (1996) The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action Cambridge: Harvard Business School Press.

Miller, Richard, Charles Finley, and Candace Shedd Vancko (2000) Evaluating, Improving, and Judging Faculty Performance in Two-Year Colleges. New York: Bergin & Garvey.

Orr, Larry, et. al. (1995) Does Training for the Disadvantaged Work? Evidence from the National JTPA Study.  Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute Press.

Patton, Michael Quinn (1996) Utilization-Focused Evaluation: The New Century Text.  Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.

U.S. General Accounting Office (1992) . The Evaluation Synthesis.  Washington, D.C.: U.S. Printing Office (GAO/PEMD-10.1.2).

U.S. General Accounting Office (1990) Prospective Evaluation Methods: The Prospective Evaluation Synthesis.  Washington, D.C.: U.S. Printing Office (Transfer Paper 10.1.10).


Selected Articles:


Algozzine, Bob, et al. “Student Evaluations of College Teaching,” College Teaching; Vol. 52: 4, p. 134

Bowles, L. Thompson. (2000)  “The evaluation of teaching,” Medical Teacher. May, Vol. 22:3, p. 221.  

Chang, Moon K. and Voctor Ferre (1988) An Analysis of Student Teaching Evaluations by College Supervisors and Cooperating Teachers,” Education; Summer, Vol. 108:4, p. 493.

Chonko, Lawrence B, John F. Tanner, and Roger Davis (2002) “What Are They Thinking? Students' Expectations and Self-Assessments,” Journal of Education for Business; May/June, Vol. 77 Issue 5, p271, 11p

Howard, Barbara B., and Wendy H. McCloskey (2001) “Evaluating Experienced Teachers,” Educational Leadership. February, Vol. 58:5, p 48.

Jonson, Kathleen F. (1998) “Promoting teaching excellence: A comparison of two performance-based teacher assessment frameworks,“ Education. Vol. 118 Issue 4, p499, 16p.

Oliver, Martin (2000) “Evaluating online teaching and learning,” Information Services & Use. Vol. 20 Issue 2/3, p83, 12p

Pool, Carolyn R. (2001) “Evaluating Educators,” Educational Leadership. February, Vol. 58:5, p. 96, 

Shevlin, Mark, Philip Banyard, and Mark Davies (2000) “The Validity of Student Evaluation of Teaching in Higher Education: love me, love my lectures?” Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. December, Vol. 25, Issue 4, p397.

Wainwright, Camille, et. al. (2004) “Observation of Reform Teaching in Undergraduate Level Mathematics and Science Courses,” School Science & Mathematics; November,  Vol. 104:7, p. 322.

Wilson, Robin (1998) “New research casts doubt on value of student evaluations of Professors,” Chronicle of Higher Education; January 16, Vol. 44 Issue 19, pA12.


Recommended Evaluation Websites

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Abt Associates, Inc.

Comptroller's Offices of Research and Educational Accountability (Tenn.)

GASB's Performance Measurement Site

Joint Center for Poverty Research

Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (Miss.)

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (Virginia)

Legislative Analyst's Office (CA)

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Rand Corporation: Labor Population Program

Tennessee Comptroller's Performance Audit Reports

The IBM Endowment for the Business of Government

The Legislative Budget Board (Texas)

The Upjohn Institute

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