Graduate Review and Improvement Process (GRIP): Pilot in OLPD
In collaboration with the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the Graduate School, the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) is developing an ongoing process to evaluate and improve its graduate programs. This process is grounded in developmental evaluation and action research methodologies. The key tenets of these frameworks include continuous improvement, deliberate transparency, flexibility and evaluators and researchers working as collaborators. We are committed to enriching and understanding our graduate program offerings as they play a critical part in fulfilling our mission.
The GRIP team has implemented multiple strategies to help in the development of this process such as dissemination of findings in faculty meetings, student “town hall” meetings, and regular meetings with Graduate School administrators and staff to inform the broader University community. The goal is to put evaluation and program improvement in the hands of students, faculty and staff, rather than to rely on the traditional external review process based at a higher institutional level. We are also engaging faculty and student representatives from the various departments of CEHD to share our processes and to facilitate a College-wide discussion regarding how we can work to improve our graduate programs using a developmental and action-oriented approach.
Revised December 2011