Academic journal article Asian Social Science

An Evaluation of Educational Provision Quality at Graduate Level of Rajabhat Universities: Multi-Level Analysis

Academic journal article Asian Social Science

An Evaluation of Educational Provision Quality at Graduate Level of Rajabhat Universities: Multi-Level Analysis

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Abstract

The purposes of this research were 1) to analyze the educational provision quality scores at graduate level of Rajabhat universities by programs and to analyze the guideline for improving no quality programs at graduate level of Rajabhat universities using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and 2) to analyze 2 level variables (micro level and macro level) that affected to the educational provision quality at graduate level of Rajabhat universities using multi-level analysis. The DEA and multi-level analysis collected by questionnaires from 1,608 of 5 groups of stakeholders (administrators, faculty members, students, alumni and employers). The estimated educational provision quality scores of 27 programs ranged from 45.52-100.00%. The numbers of educational provision quality programs were 11, 9, 10, 9 and 7 evaluating from administrators, faculty members, students, alumni and employers. Of those improving no quality programs, they were increased outputs/outcomes; percentage of a student who graduates within period of time, numbers of published of faculty members' researches, numbers of alumni award, numbers of utilization of faculty members' researches and value-added of students in order to enhance their performance to increase their quality. The result of multi-level analysis indicated that factors explaining the quality of programs were numbers of university campus, administrator academic leadership and Office of the Higher Education Commission monitoring.

Keywords: educational provision quality, graduate level, Rajabhat universities, multi-level analysis

1. Introduction

Country development was the step into the modern society as the learning social. Important tool to be used in developing countries is education, because the education is resource human resource development. If the people obtained the quality educational, the countries would have quality. (Office of the National Education Commission, 2003) Especially in graduate studies has increased the demand for education. The people has high expectations about the education quality that received by the service provider. The quality and standard of graduate level educational institutions need to be developed to meet the needs of society and be accepted. (Rockman, 2004)

To evaluate the quality of education of any education level, the indicators is very important because the evaluation need to develop indicators and evaluation standards to be used as a tool for evaluation. These indicators are very useful to the administration and research. Indicators administration used in policy formulation, planning process objectives, the monitoring operations and evaluation operations. Both in terms of quality assurance, responsibility of the task, target detection, the rating and ranking system in order to develop the researches. Indicators provide more validity research results than a single variable or set of variables and providing the assumptions for the study of the causal relationship between the indicators further. (Blank, 1993; Johnstone, 1981; Burstein; DfES, 2002; Brunsson, 2001; Fitz-Gibbon, 2002)

Of the importance of the indicators in the evaluation and quality assurance, the researchers interested in research to develop indicators of the quality of graduate level education. The researchers chose to study Rajabhat universities group because graduate of these universities compared to other graduate level education institutions still have problems of education quality such as the quality of a master and doctor degree that graduated , the quality of the thesis, term paper writing and independent study of students (Bangkok Post newspaper dated June 29, 2004). The researcher realized the need for research entitle "Educational Provision Quality at Graduate Level of Rajabhat Universities: Multi-Level Analysis" The results of this research were the information used to evaluate the quality of graduate level education both in program level (micro level) and university level (macro level). …

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