Quality indicators of excellence for doctoral program assessment in industrial education
The problem of this study was to generate, identify, and analyze a list of quality indicators for doctoral program assessment in the field of industrial education. The objective of the study was to produce objective indicators of excellence which would be used to assess industrial education doctoral programs;In the first phase of the study, a list of quality indicator variables was rated on a 99-point scale by a sample of industrial education faculty, doctoral students and recent doctoral alumni from 16 institutions. The resulting responses were factor analyzed to elicit (1) areas of (consensus) no significant differences in the main effects or interactions and (2) areas of variability. The results of the analysis yielded 60 indicators of consensus;In the second phase of the study, the results of the factorial analysis were resubmitted to a committee of industrial education experts in doctoral studies for review and recommendations. The committee's reactions yielded 49 accepted quality indicators. These final indicators stem from the following programmatic dimensions: quality of the faculty, quality of the students, quality of the curriculum and instruction, and the quality of the facilities;The conclusion of this study, which was based on the findings related to specific research questions, was as follows: There was a consensus among the various respondents that the 49 variables constitute indicators of quality;In view of the fact that there were possibly other dimensions of quality which remained to be identified or that the identified quality indicators do not constitute the totality of quality considerations, further research in this area was highly recommended.