This study, by adopting the methods of document analysis and questionnaire survey, aims to conduct a meta evaluation towards Programs’ Evaluation in the Universities of Technology in the 2010 academic year in Taiwan, from the perspectives of students. The sample population of the questionnaire is the students in 13 universities of Technology being evaluated in the 2010 academic year. In each of the 212 departments being evaluated, 5 students were chosen as the sample of questionnaire survey. 1,060 questionnaires were sent to the related departments, and in total, 656 valid questionnaires were received and analyzed for this study.
The main conclusions of this study, based upon the findings from the questionnaire survey, can be summarized as follows:
1.The majority of students hold positive attitudes and the high participations towards the Programs’ Evaluation in the Universities of Technology in the 2010 academic year, including the design of evaluation system, the criteria used for evaluation, the process of evaluation, the results of evaluation, and the ways of handling the evaluation results, etc.
2.There are differences in the attitudes, understanding, and the degree of participation in the process of evaluation, between the students in public and private Universities of Technology, and the students in the private sector had a more positive attitudes, better understanding and higher degree of participation towards the Programs’ Evaluation in the Universities of Technology in the 2010 academic year, in comparison with their counterparts in public universities.
3.There are differences in the attitudes, understanding, and the degree of participation in the process of evaluation among the students in different disciplines fields, and students in the field of humanities, social sciences, as well as those in the field of business and management had a more positive attitudes, better understanding and higher degree of participation in the evaluation process, comparatively speaking.
4.Students’ view and their degrees of participation in the evaluation process varied with the educational level of students, and postgraduate students working towards master degree had the most positive attitudes, best understanding towards the evaluation, and having the highest degree of participations in the evaluation process, in comparison with undergraduates and doctoral students.