Resources for Programs: Session Summary
Best Practices in Developing and Assessing an MA Program in Applied Anthropology
Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting, 2009
Robert Rotenberg (DePaul U)
Lisa Henry (U N Texas) and George (Wolf) Gumerman (N Arizona U)
Program assessment has been a part of university administration since the early 1990s. Although the process seems straightforward, programs often dread assessment because of the task of collecting the relevant data. Assessment always involves the measurement of progress toward realizing a program’s academic goals. This panel brings together representatives of M.A. programs in applied anthropology in North America to discuss their approaches to program assessment. Beginning with the process of setting out the program’s goals in language that is conducive to measure, the panel hopes to discover the best practices for M.A. programs.
This panel brought together representatives of MA programs in applied anthropology in North America to discuss their approaches to program assessment. Panelists explained the process of program assessment at their respective universities and discussion followed about best practices. Although the session did not lead to a final list of best practices, panelists and session attendees gained insight and suggestions about program assessment from the lively discussion.