In addition to the common items included on formative and summative evaluation checklists, there were some additional items included on final work experience evaluations. For example, employers were also asked:
- What were the student’s strengths?
- What areas would the student need to improve to work for pay in this position/field?
- Do you feel the student is employable in this position?
- If you had an opening, would you hire this student?
- Do you have recommendations for other jobs/tasks this student may be suited for?
In addition to mandated self-assessment, through processes such as Institutional Program Review, some ASE ER programs also seek employer feedback about their own performance at the end of a work experience, or term. A sample of the feedback typically requested is included below:
EMPLOYER’S EVALUATION OF PROGRAM
We would appreciate your assistance in evaluating our work experience program. Your response will enable us to determine how satisfied you are with the program and how we might make improvements:
- Has this been a worthwhile experience for your company? Please explain.
- Were you provided with enough background information about the program?
- Were you provided with specific objectives for the student?
- Did program staff demonstrate an understanding of your business needs?
- Did you feel supported by program staff if there were any concerns?
- Did you feel the number and length of site visits by program staff was appropriate?
- Do you have any suggestions that might improve this program?
- Would you take another student to work for your company? If yes, are some months/times more convenient than others?