Date of Graduation
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy (PhD)
Michael T. Miller
Second Committee Member
Social sciences; Education; Assessment; Higher education; Program review
The purpose for conducting the study was to form an understanding of the online program assessment and assessment processes in higher education, and how program review processes were adopted and implemented through institutional policies in regard to industry quality assurance standards. The study looked at institutions classified as very high, high, or research universities by the Carnegie Classifications, and which offered online masters programs focused on preparing students for positions in educational administration or leadership roles. The study used an electronic survey and content analysis through institutional policy and quality assurance documents to develop a recommendation for institutional level quality procedure of online programs to assure reviews are performed. The electronic survey was distributed to 194 institutions and results were analyzed using descriptive statistics, cross-tabulation with chi-squared analysis, and ANOVAs. Research results showed that program reviews were integrated into institutional policy and required for program operation, but the results also showed that institutions and programs needed to review the policies to examine if the reviews truly reflected the needs of the programs and accreditors, or if they needed to be edited for elimination of repetition. The practices and responses illustrated the necessity for institutions and programs to find common ground for gathering the information needed on program performance and student learning outcomes for program reviews and reports.
Turner, Lindsay N., "Quality Assurance in Online Graduate Education: Program Review Processes and Assessment Techniques Used in Higher Education" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 1459.