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Evaluation expertise brings Thai delegation to WMU

May 5, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A 20-member delegation from Bangkok, Thailand, is on the Western Michigan University campus today through Wednesday, May 5-7, to take advantage of WMU's internationally recognized expertise in the field of evaluation.

While on campus, the delegation will participate in a two-day workshop designed specifically for them that will focus on metaevaluation, or the evaluation of an evaluation.

The group is being led by Dr. Boonreang Kajornsin, head of the Division of Educational Research and Evaluation at Kasetsart University in Bangkok. Kajornsin and her group of colleagues and graduate students are visiting Canada and the United States. At present, WMU is the only U.S. university known to be on their itinerary.

Kajornsin decided to include WMU on the itinerary after hearing presentations during a January conference in Bangkok on the Context, Input, Process and Product evaluation model and the evaluation standards developed by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation, which is housed at WMU's Evaluation Center.

The presentations were given by two former directors of the center, Dr. Arlen Gullickson and Dr. Daniel Stufflebeam. Both Gullickson and Stufflebeam retired from WMU in 2007, but have remained active with the Evaluation Center as consultants.

For more information, contact Sally Veeder, assistant director of the center, at sally.veeder@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5922.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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