Accession Number : ADA323627

Title :   Student Outcomes Assessment of Air Command and Staff College: An Evaluative Study.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Roth, Brenda F.

PDF Url : ADA323627

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 244

Abstract : In the mid-1980s, the assessment movement began to spread throughout academia as colleges and universities created programs to address the issues of accountability and program improvement. A multitude of comprehensive institution-wide assessment programs emerged from the movement which brought about change on many campuses. The purpose of this study was to develop a comprehensive assessment program at an Air Force professional military education institution, Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), based on the perceptions of recent Air Force officer graduates of the program. Graduates (n=395) were asked to rate the quality of program elements (teaching methods and program activities) and to disclose their perceived competence on outcome variables. Based on the data from a 90-item questionnaire titled, 'Student Perceptions of Program Effectiveness Questionnaire,' the researcher analyzed student perceptions on three types of variables--inputs (demographics and student expectations), environment (teaching methods and program activities), and outcomes (program goals). Information from returned questionnaires was collected and analyzed using descriptive (means, standard deviations, and percentages), correlational (cross-tabulations and Pearson 'r's), predictive (multiple regression) statistics, and qualitative analysis. The results of the correlational and predictive analyses show that ACSC graduates generally perceived their competencies on outcome variables and the quality of environmental variables as high. The most important results emerged from the predictive analysis. After controlling for the effects of inputs, which accounted from three percent of the variance in Command and Leadership to nine percent in Critical Thinking outcome Leadership to fifteen percent in Joint Campaign outcome variables.

Descriptors :   *EDUCATION, *AIR FORCE TRAINING, STUDENTS, TEACHING METHODS, STATISTICS, THESES, VARIABLES, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, QUALITY, UNIVERSITIES, OFFICER PERSONNEL, QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS, QUESTIONNAIRES, STANDARD DEVIATION, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), LEADERSHIP TRAINING, ACCOUNTABILITY, GRADUATES.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE