How Are Our Graduates Doing?
Alumni responded to survey items about the impact of their WCE degree or licensure program, WCE faculty, and their current professional practice.
The majority of alumni agreed or strongly agreed with the following statements about the impact of their WCE degree or licensure program:
- Helped me develop the knowledge and skills needed to be a proficient education professional.
- Increased/reinforced my dedication to improving schools.
- Increased/reinforced my dedication to improving society.
- Was academically rigorous.
- Provided sufficient opportunities to engage with schools or other application sites.
- Provided sufficient opportunities to work with diverse communities (e.g., schools, organizations, groups).
- Developed my ability to effectively engage learners.
- Developed my ability to effectively assess learning.
- Helped me develop appropriate professional dispositions and values.
The majority of alumni agreed or strongly agreed with all of the statements about the faculty in their program at the WCE:
- Were knowledgeable and proficient education professionals.
- Were current in their field of expertise.
- Used research in their teaching.
- Were committed to advancing the education profession.
- Were committed to WCE student success.
The majority of alumni agreed or strongly agreed with all of the statements about their current position—the following are the statements that received the highest overall ratings (4.5 or higher on a 5-point scale):
- I value diversity in teaching and learning.
- I uphold ethical standards to ensure just and respectful educational practices.
- I develop nurturing environments essential for growth, positive relationships, and new ideas.
- I engage in continual reflection for learning, growth, and change.
In addition, alumni were asked to provide examples of positive impacts they had made on student learning. The most common themes included affective impacts/professional dispositions, classroom strategy/program implementation, and school/grade level leadership.
Evaluation of the Professional Development System Partnership
An evaluability assessment of the PDS partnership was conducted as an initial, exploratory phase of evaluation to (1) provide formative information to document strengths and identify areas for improvement, and (2) develop recommendations for ongoing evaluation of the PDS.