" Not to prove but to improve" - is the theme of the Phi Delta Kappa Study Committee Report on Educational Evaluation. This report, along with other literature, provides many reasons for doing course evaluationTo determine if course and students are making desired progress.
To provide data on to whom instructors and administrators are accountable.
To provide status and reinforcement to curriculum planners and instructors.
To enhance the decision-making process on curricular planning.
This fourth reason is correctly identified by the P.D.K report as the most useful, pragmatic reason for conducting formalized evaluation. This stress on evaluation for improving decisions and thus improving curriculum and courses, implies a strong future orientation. Evaluation is a useful tool only when it is used to improve future efforts.