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Evaluation and Assessment

Evaluation and Assessment Methods (Graduate Certificate)

Why Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Assessment Methods at Agnes Scott College?

  •  Develop evaluation skills to establish yourself as a “go-to” resource and advance your career
  •  Employ evaluation results to create change
  •  Conduct research to answer the following questions:
    •  Is our program or policy making a difference?
    •  Are we reaching the people we want to reach?
    •  How can we improve what we are already doing?
  •  Improve your ability to win grants in a funding climate in which donors increasingly require grant seekers to submit evaluation plans
  •  Work with faculty who bring a variety of disciplinary perspectives and methods to evaluation planning and implementation
  •  Study at a school that prioritizes creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning in small class sizes and on-campus classes
  •  Build your network of colleagues in Georgia who conduct evaluation research
  •  Choose to continue beyond the certificate to earn a related master’s degree from Agnes Scott

The Agnes Scott College Evaluation and Assessment Methods graduate certificate program prepares students to be leaders in professional and public fields that require advanced evaluation skills. The Evaluation and Assessment Methods program provides students with the principles and experience necessary to develop effective evaluation and assessment plans across a range of applications, including public health, education, environmental sustainability, technology and diversity initiatives. Through courses that focus on evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and project management, students learn how to use established and emerging methods to gather information required for programmatic decision-making and to engage with the most pressing challenges of their times. Drawing on Agnes Scott’s liberal arts tradition, the program emphasizes the importance of crafting innovative approaches to address social and intellectual challenges and utilizing an interdisciplinary “toolkit” of quantitative and qualitative methods.

At the conclusion of this 15-credit certificate program, students will be able to:

  1. Develop assessment and evaluation plans based on project goals
  2. Organize evaluation logistics
  3. Analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative evaluation data
  4. Articulate rationale for assessment and evaluation
  5. Communicate results to multiple stakeholder audiences using both written and graphic formats.

5 courses (15 credit hours)

4 core courses
1 elective
Membership in American Evaluation Association (or similar professional association as a student or professional member)

Core Courses

Principles of Evaluation Design
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Project Management

Elective Courses

Topics in Evaluation and Assessment Methods
Grant and Proposal Writing
Digital Portfolio Design