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Program Evaluation Minor

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 330 Wulling Hall, 86 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
Email: olpd@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 9
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 15
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Program evaluation is an area of inquiry that uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to address questions of concern to policy makers, administrators, managers, and, in some cases, program participants. In this era of competing developments--increased accountability and the democratization of research activity--knowledge of program evaluation is a useful and valuable commodity. The program evaluation minor is an interdisciplinary effort providing intensive study of the techniques and process of evaluation and policy research, in addition to the social and political context within which program evaluation occurs. The graduate minor in program evaluation offers a coordinated set of courses designed for students who wish to have the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct evaluations combined with their graduate majors or professional fields of study. Courses include readings, discussions, and assignments designed to develop the skills essential to professionals intending to use or conduct evaluation in nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Prior admission into an established MA or PhD is required. Students in the existing evaluation-related concentrations in organizational leadership, policy, and development or educational psychology are not allowed into the minor. Admission to the minor program will therefore be contingent upon enrollment in good standing within a recognized University of Minnesota degree-granting program.
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in admission to the minor should contact the minor's Director of Graduate Studies. Students must demonstrate relevant academic background and experience.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted. The program for an individual student will be developed by the student, the major advisor, and the director of graduate studies (DGS) of the program evaluation minor. With permission of the program evaluation minor DGS, students with sufficient background and previous course experience equivalent to one or more courses within the minor field curriculum may apply for a waiver of appropriate requirements, and replace waived courses with additional electives to meet the minimum number of credits required for the minor.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Minor Requirements
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
or An alternative course approved by program evaluation steering committee
OLPD 5502 - Theory and Models of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 8502 - Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8596 - Evaluation Internship (1.0-9.0 cr)
Doctoral
Minor Requirements
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
or or an alternative course approved by program evaluation steering committee
OLPD 5502 - Theory and Models of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 8502 - Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5521 - Cost and Economic Analysis in Educational Evaluation (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8596 - Evaluation Internship (1.0-9.0 cr)
Additional coursework
Additional coursework must be selected in conjunction with, and approved by, the minor adviser.
 
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OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EdPA 5501/EPsy 5243
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to program evaluation. Planning an evaluation study, collecting and analyzing information, reporting results; evaluation strategies; overview of the field of program evaluation.
OLPD 5502 - Theory and Models of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Evaluation theories/models currently available to practitioners. Communication with clients about value/utility of program. Systems theory. prereq: [5501/EPsy 5243] or PA 5311 or PubH 6034 or another introductory evaluation course approved by instructor.
OLPD 8502 - Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts, approaches, models, and theoretical frameworks for program evaluation that have developed since the 1960s. prereq: 5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243
OLPD 8596 - Evaluation Internship
Credits: 1.0 -9.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Hands-on experience in conducting program evaluation in real-world setting under supervision of evaluation professional. prereq: [5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243], instr consent
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EdPA 5501/EPsy 5243
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to program evaluation. Planning an evaluation study, collecting and analyzing information, reporting results; evaluation strategies; overview of the field of program evaluation.
OLPD 5502 - Theory and Models of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Evaluation theories/models currently available to practitioners. Communication with clients about value/utility of program. Systems theory. prereq: [5501/EPsy 5243] or PA 5311 or PubH 6034 or another introductory evaluation course approved by instructor.
OLPD 8502 - Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts, approaches, models, and theoretical frameworks for program evaluation that have developed since the 1960s. prereq: 5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243
OLPD 5521 - Cost and Economic Analysis in Educational Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Use and application of cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, cost-utility, and cost-feasibility in evaluation of educational problems and programs.
OLPD 8596 - Evaluation Internship
Credits: 1.0 -9.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Hands-on experience in conducting program evaluation in real-world setting under supervision of evaluation professional. prereq: [5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243], instr consent