Report of the Working Group on Educational Outcomes
Brooke Hallowell, Ph.D.
The charges to the Working Group on Educational Outcomes are to promote "the development and dissemination of resource materials to assist member programs in the development and implementation of meaningful educational outcomes" programs, and to provide "feedback to ASHA’s Council on Academic Accreditation regarding accreditation standards and guidelines pertaining to educational outcomes." Members of this Working Group for 1998-1999 are Brooke Hallowell (Chair), Nan Lund, Nicholas Bankson, and Robert Augustine. During 1999-2000, Cynthia Bartlett will replace Robert Augustine in the Working Group.
During 1998-1999 the Working Group on Educational Outcomes has undertaken four major tasks, briefly described below.
The Working Group established an outcomes assessment resource exchange that was active throughout the April, 1999 conference. Prior to the conference, member program representatives were invited to bring copies of outcomes assessment materials to share with other conference attendees. Master copies of all instruments donated are now maintained by the Working Group chair.
The Working Group has continued to collect assessment materials from many programs, from within and outside of our field(s). We welcome additional contributions. Cost of photocopies, mailing, and faxing of instruments continues to be a barrier to having the Working Group serve as an ongoing clearinghouse for outcomes assessment materials.
In the upcoming year, our main goals are to continue work in: fostering the sharing of outcomes assessment resources and methods across member programs; continuing consultation with CAA members and site visitors regarding educational outcomes assessment issues; interfacing with ASHA’s SID 10 regarding educational outcomes assessment issues; and providing consultation with ASHA Standards Council members on issues pertaining to outcomes-focused standards for certification in speech-language pathology currently under development.