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Best Practices in Developing and Assessing an MA Program in Applied Anthropology

Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting, 2009

Organizer

Robert Rotenberg (DePaul U)

Panelists

Lisa Henry (U N Texas) and George (Wolf) Gumerman (N Arizona U)

Abstract

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.

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Susan Hyatt
Co-Chair, COPAA
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
IUPUI
Cavanaugh Hall 413
425 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-278-4548
suhyatt@iupui.edu