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U's Graduate Review & Improvement Process gains national attention

Jean KingThe Graduate Review and Improvement Process (GRIP) is an initiative to develop a student-centered and action-oriented program assessment at the University of Minnesota.

The process was initiated in response to a strong interest of faculty, staff, and students in a new model of graduate program evaluation. It results from a collaboration between the Graduate School and the College of Education and Human Development.

In 2011-2012, GRIP was successfully piloted in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD). In fall 2012, the pilot project was expanded to include eight additional programs, representing a number of collegiate units across the University.

GRIP is the subject of the article Measuring Success in New Ways by Colleen Flaherty from Inside Higher Ed with quotes from OLPD faculty members, including Jean King (pictured), consultant and faculty evaluation lead, and graduate students. See this excerpt from the article:

"Given the complexities of graduate education, it can be hard to measure program success in meaningful ways. Traditional, external reviews track things such as time to degree and completion rates every five to 10 years at large research institutions, but students and faculty are rarely asked deeper questions about curriculum relevance and program goals. A new effort at the University of Minnesota seeks to change that by establishing ongoing, qualitative models of assessment centered on students and action. If successful, the pilot Graduate Review and Improvement Process (GRIP), could be instituted on a voluntary basis across the university next year."

Read the full article Measuring Success in New Ways on the Inside Higher Ed website.

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