Establishing Rigor and Quality in Doctoral Programs Through Program Assessment

  • Maida Finch Salisbury University
  • Jake D. Follmer University of West Virginia
  • Heather Porter Salisbury University
Keywords: program assessment, student learning, continuous improvement


This essay describes the development and implementation of a CPED-grounded program assessment system and the ways in which it contributes to quality assurance in Ed.D. programs broadly. We begin by articulating program quality and describing the contextual factors that guide our approach to program assessment. Next, we overview major components and processes of our program assessment system. Specific emphasis is placed on describing the development and evaluation of program effectiveness based on CPED-influenced student learning outcomes. We then briefly describe how we leverage an existing learning management system to implement program assessment efficiently, and outline continuous monitoring and improvement efforts that are based on our program assessment work. Finally, we describe our experiences with academic program review and discuss lessons learned and suggestions to promote program rigor and success.

Author Biography

Maida Finch, Salisbury University

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Literacy Studies


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How to Cite
Finch, M., Follmer, J. D., & Porter, H. (2021). Establishing Rigor and Quality in Doctoral Programs Through Program Assessment. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 6(4), 40–47.