DETC Fall Distance Education Workshop
October 3-5, 2010
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa * Denvero, CO
The Program Effectiveness Plan:
An Outcomes Assessment Tool
for Institutional Quality Improvement
Mr. Paul Price, Education Advisor
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
Tuesday, October 5th * 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
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The Program Effectiveness Plan (PEP) developed by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is designed to evaluate each individual program within an educational institution by establishing and documenting specific goals, collecting outcome data relevant to these goals, analyzing outcomes against both minimally acceptable benchmarks and the program’s short- and long-term objectives, and setting strategies to improve program performance. The program effectiveness assessment is expected to result in the achievement and maintenance of outcomes.
Developing and using the PEP should fulfill several purposes, including:
Assisting the program in achieving internal effectiveness through establishing goals for both short- and long-term successes.
Assessing progress and the need for change and continuously reviewing the process to help the program make timely changes based upon valid information to achieve even greater effectiveness.
Communicating key information regarding the program’s goals, its degree of effectiveness, and how it plans to enhance overall quality to the public, which includes graduates, employers, and community leaders.
Measuring how the PEP meets the expectations and requirements of approving or accrediting organizations (including state boards and ABHES) to demonstrate regulatory compliance.
Paul Price, MBA, is currently the Education Advisor for the Accreditation Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
He was previously the Executive Director for the Brain Injury Association of Colorado, Executive Director for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, and served as Executive Director of Accreditation Services for the following professions:
- Surgical Technology
- Surgical Assisting
- Cardiac Perfusion
- Athletic Trainers
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
He has authored textbooks for Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics, and Surgical Technology.
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