Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2014-41
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Eduardo Pagan, Chair
Date of First Reading: December 2, 2013
Date of Second Reading: February 3, 2014
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Public Programs–Dean’s Office - for the establishment of a graduate degree – MS in Program Evaluation
Action Requested: The Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee recommends University Senate approval of a proposal submitted by the College of Public Programs – Dean’s Office – for the establishment of a graduate degree – MS in Program Evaluation
Rationale: The proposed degree will provide students with a solid grounding in the applied and conceptual tools of conducting program evaluations. It is designed to provide graduate level instruction and experience in conducting evaluation research with training in a broad spectrum of evaluation research methods. Upon graduation, students will be specialists in this area of research and their training will have broad applicability for public and private sector programs and policies, as well as such programs and policies initiated by nonprofit and non-governmental organizations. The program is being proposed in response to the increasing demands for accountability in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Students in this degree program will receive instruction in research methods, program assessment, quantitative techniques, program implementation, and policy analysis. Students also will choose an advanced area of specialization from quantitative methods, qualitative methods, or geospatial methods. The new degree will appeal to many professionals in the region, as well as ASU graduates including those from Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Public Programs.