Arlen Gullickson

Co-Principal Investigator, EvaluATE – Western Michigan University

One of four children, Arlen Gullickson was born and raised in a farming family in the state of Iowa. His education includes baccalaureate, masters, and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics, physics and education, respectively. He has 30 years of teaching experience at the high school and college levels and altogether more than 40 years of experience working in education. In the past, Arlen was the director of The Evaluation Center and Chair of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation. Currently, he is supposed to be retired. But he serves as a Co-Principal Investigator for EvaluATE (after serving as the PI) and fishes whenever he can.

Webinar: Developing and Validating Survey Instruments

Posted on May 18, 2011 by , , , in Webinars ()

Presenter(s): Arlen Gullickson, Candiya Mann, Stephanie Evergreen, Wayne Welch
Date(s): May 18, 2011

You know your project’s goals. And you know you need to measure your progress toward reaching them. You probably even know whether a survey questionnaire would help you measure that progress. But what sort of questions belong on a survey instrument? And how should they be worded? This webinar will explain the questionnaire development process, using ATE survey work as examples. Along with the EvaluATE team, Candiya Mann will showcase her work and we’ll feature Wayne Welch as a discussant, sharing his process of establishing face and content validity with a method that is practical for most ATE projects and centers. Both examples emphasize the importance of thinking from a measurement perspective to get more trustworthy data.

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Webinar: Evaluation Data: So You Have to Do a Survey…

Posted on March 17, 2010 by , , , , in Webinars ()

Presenter(s): Arlen Gullickson, Lori Wingate, Peggie Weeks, Peter Saflund, Stephanie Evergreen
Date(s): March 17, 2010

Evaluation Data: So You Need to do a Survey….

Who should you send your survey to? How many people? How can you locate them? What’s a good response rate and how can you get one? Are there other ways to find out what you need to know? This free webinar will focus on survey implementation, addressing these frequently asked questions.

Surveys can be a simple and effective data collection tool. But getting the information you need from the right people can be tricky.

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Report: Advanced Technological Education Program Evlauation Project Implementation: Challenges and Resolutions

Posted on January 21, 2010 by , , in

This brief examines the major challenges and resolutions associated with ATE project implementation, as reported by project and center principal investigators (PIs). Ten challenges were identified. Of these, “difficulty recruiting students,” “changes in industry served,” and “lack of institutional administrative support/interest,” were identified as the most important. Examining projects and centers as two separate entities, “difficulty recruiting students” retained its number one ranking, although differences emerge d in rankings between projects and centers in the remaining issues. There were
also distinctions between ratings of challenges identified by PIs of 2- and 4-year institutions, with 2-year institutions ranking “difficulty recruiting students” as most important and 4-year institutions ranking “project/center staff/personnel turnover” as their greatest challenge. Overall, these findings suggest that a large majority of possible challenges to ATE project implementation were either not identified by PIs as important or had been at least partially resolved. Although the challenges discussed in this brief are important at the level of individual ATE projects and centers, none are substantial enough to raise concern on a programmatic level.

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Category: ATE Research & Evaluation
Author(s): Arlen Gullickson, Chris Coryn, Liesel Ritchie

Webinar: Evaluation Basics

Posted on November 18, 2009 by , , , in Webinars ()

Presenter(s): Arlen Gullickson, Lori Wingate, Peggie Weeks, Stephanie Evergreen
Date(s): November 18, 2009

Looking to formalize your evaluator-client relationship with a contract? We will share materials that can help shape a clear agreement. Thinking about your evaluation budget? We’ll offer guidelines and tips for maximizing evaluation cost effectiveness. Still need an evaluator? We’ll show you how to access directories of evaluators, offer guidelines for issuing an RFP for evaluation services, and suggest questions you should ask a potential evaluator.

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